One of Tiffany Crociani’s most popular TikTok videos shows her reenacting a conversation she had with a receptionist at a yoga studio. The video, which has more than 5 million views, shows how the employee – who is looking Crociani up and down – immediately assumes that the yoga class she signed up for will be too difficult for her.
Crociani — who goes by Tiffany Croww on her social accounts — is a trained yoga instructor with certifications in yoga accessibility and chair yoga. Her TikTok account is all about comfort, with home yoga tutorials, affirmations, relationship checks and reminders to eat. She describes herself as a “fat yoga teacher” and a “kind mother” in her biography.
So it’s understandable that the frustratingly belittling Crociani finds himself having this conversation – again. Crociani captioned the video, “I don’t know why this is still happening.”
“I’m just recording myself, this is my first time at this studio,” Crociani says, acting like herself.
“You realize this is a more advanced class,” responds Crociani, as an employee. “We just don’t see many people with bigger bodies like yours, so keep in mind that if it gets too difficult, you can always rest in Child’s Pose.”
Crociani told In The Know that despite having been practicing yoga for almost two decades, she still deals with interactions like this in some studios.
“If you can breathe, you can do yoga,” Crociani told In The Know. “My personal relationship with yoga began over 17 years ago and led to my obtaining a yoga teacher certification.”
Becoming a certified yoga instructor may depend on the studio you work with. But the Yoga Alliance, which is America’s largest nonprofit for the yoga community, says it’s standard for registered teachers to have more than 200 hours of training, as well as be familiar with the historical background. movements and the effects of the poses. have on the body.
Regardless of Crociani’s qualifications, there are many anti-fat prejudices in the fitness space. For example, most treadmills only have a weight capacity of 300 pounds, and most sportswear brands don’t carry plus sizes. (Nike only started selling 1X to 3X in 2017; Lululemon expanded styles to size 20 in 2020, but only in its most popular styles.)
Unfortunately, this is not a conversation limited to Crociani’s experience.
“There are two reactions that I get the most,” Crociani said of his video. “First, people say they’ve been through this or seen this happen. Second, there are people who think I made up the script and am trying to get attention.
“Plus size yoga instructor here,” one commenter wrote on Crociani’s video. “Yeah, that’s one of the reasons I check studios for inclusivity.”
“If YOU get that answer, I can’t imagine how people feel when they’re just starting out and don’t have 17 years of yoga experience,” another pointed out.
As traditional yoga grew in popularity during the 2000s, its trend began to influence how people viewed the practice. The public perception of yoga seemed to shift into a Westernized view of white, thin, non-disabled women wearing expensive leggings and tight cropped tops.
Yogis like Crociani are trying to change the narrative of who is “allowed” to practice yoga. Jessamyn Stanley, an award-winning yoga instructor, says in her bi-weekly Self advice column that “there’s no such thing as being ‘too big for yoga.'”
“Our culture has programmed us to hate obesity, but changing our bodies isn’t always the solution for everyone,” she writes. “Contrary to what you might see in mainstream wellness publications, advertising, etc., yoga has nothing to do with body size.”
Stanley also noted that many forms of yoga can seem physically challenging for everyone — and that’s the point.
“Vigorous postural yoga, like the type I teach on The Underbelly, is hard, but not because you’re fat. It’s hard for everyone,” she says. it’s about kicking your ass so you can get rid of your emotional baggage.”
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