'Why Plus-Size Women Shouldn't Do Yoga' Makes A Point You Weren't Expecting

#IWontCompromise

A video posted by plus-size clothing store Penningtons opens with the caption, "Why plus-size women shouldn't do yoga." The video goes on to state the reasons: "Plus-size women have no balance. They sweat a lot. They're too heavy to lift themselves. They're not elegant. They make everyone around them uncomfortable." 

Don't be fooled by these words, however. They are juxtaposed with images of a plus-size woman performing yoga poses, proving each reason, as they come across the screen, wrong. The video's powerful message that yoga can be for everybody and every body, extends beyond fitness. It is a message about body positivity, acceptance and recognizing misconceptions about various body types. 

The YouTube description states: 

"Body confidence and self-acceptance are topics that have grown in popularity over recent years. Why? The fact of the matter is that our world is still filled with stigma, stereotypes and unrealistic expectations. It's time to reclaim power from a society that thinks we should look or act a certain way based on our appearance. Instead of trying to change ourselves to fit an arbitrary standard, let's change perceptions. As advocates for body diversity and size acceptance, we at Penningtons want to work with you to create a new convention: that beauty, strength, and confidence come in different sizes, shapes, and heights." 

The video ends with the hashtag #IWontCompromise.


"#IWontCompromise is a movement that celebrates doing what we love, wearing what makes us feel good, and being who we are without compromise. No limits, no fears, no judgments, just pure enjoyment. When we hold ourselves back in fear of how we may be perceived, society misses out. Let them stare. Let them see what we can do. Let's inspire them together."

Love it. 



"#IWontCompromise is a movement that celebrates doing what we love, wearing what makes us feel good, and being who we are without compromise. No limits, no fears, no judgments, just pure enjoyment. When we hold ourselves back in fear of how we may be perceived, society misses out. Let them stare. Let them see what we can do. Let's inspire them together."

Love it.