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10 Women who prove yoga has no body type

Laura Williams, M.S.Ed. is a personal trainer, freelance writer and entrepreneur who works with a wide variety of fitness clients. She's the founder of the popular website, - Girls Gone Sporty, and she's the host of the High Impact Blogg...

You don't have to have a 'yoga body' to do yoga — every body is a yoga body

When you picture the "typical" yoga girl, you probably think of someone who looks a bit like Brooklyn Decker — long, lean and svelte, posing perfectly with a Manduka yoga mat and an iced green tea. (P.S., She's also probably blonde and tan — like a surfer chick, but with a little more "Namaste" and a little less "hang 10.")

Well, snap out of your reverie and put your reality glasses on. There is no such thing as a "typical" yogi or "typical" yoga body. Yoga does wonders for balance, coordination, flexibility, strength and even inner peace... and in my case, it saves my back from fits of spasms.

In other words, yoga is good for everyone — no matter her size, shape or proclivity for fitness. These 10 amazing women are living proof that it doesn't take a size 2 to nail a Pigeon pose. Get down with your curvy self and proudly share your own yoga poses with hashtags like #curvyyoga and #curvyyogagirl.

1. Inspiration comes in every size

I can't believe I'm typing this but I'M GOING TO BE ON @GOODMORNINGAMERICA tomorrow morning- my triangle yoga mama @sagetree was at my impromptu shoot this afternoon to catch some behind the scenes shots, and I am so excited to see the final cut. THIS IS PROBABLY GOING TO SEEM RANDOM AS FUCK (not to mention the fact that it's sort of a downer) BUT during the #gma interview, I tried to mention my aunt's untimely death, an unexpected event which turned my home practice into a #yoga sized grief receptacle. When I began practicing at home, I would frequently sob my way through flows because I was so beset by grief and self-pity. Ironically, this grief became the fuel for my yoga practice, and helped me strengthen in ways I never could've expected. However, I couldn't really discuss the topic without choking up and we eventually changed the subject. I'm mentioning this now because I don't know if there's a way for me to overstate the importance of my Aunt Tiriah and my Grandmother Marvella on my practice. These are two women who shaped everything I am, and whose sudden deaths truly rocked my existence. Obviously, the impact of their lives continues to reverberate in a million ways, but I can't thank them enough. Without them, there is so much I wouldn't even try to understand about the universe and my role in it. I will love them forever, and their legacy shines on through my practice. ANYWAY, I'll be on @goodmorningamerica tomorrow around 8am discussing my journey and the importance of diversity in #yoga- if you're interested in seeing a fat belly in color on national tv, check it out! BY THE WAY, if you're coming to one of my PWYC (Pay What You Can) classes tomorrow, be advised that they are BOTH (10:30am & 6:30pm) going down at Hillsborough Yoga Company (1812 Beckett's Ridge Dr)- the 6:30pm class will be a quick and dirty 30-45 min. flow so we're out of the way in time for the other awesome studio classes! Leggings- @lineagewear #mermaidpose #EkaPadaRajaKapotasana #singlepigeonpose

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Jessamyn Stanley inspires more than 70,000 Instagram followers and has even been featured on Good Morning America.

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2. Anyone can be bendy

Truly, I can't even.

3. Yoga, check. Bikini, check.

Day 4 of #yogagivesbackchallenge is #uttithahastapadangustasana @kinoyoga @aloyoga @beachyogagirl

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There's no such thing as a "yoga body," just like there's no such thing as a "bikini body." If you have a body, you have a yoga body. If you have a bikini, you have a bikini body. This chick has both and she's rockin' both.

4. Damn, look at those legs

Seriously, who wouldn't want those legs? #curvyisbeautiful

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5. The prettiest part of this rainbow

Backbends come in every size.

6. New accomplishments are the best

"Today I did my first hands-off-hips ustrasana! It might not look like much but this is huge for me!!" — Erin Marie (@erinaree)

Rock on, girl!

7. The sweet spot

The surf, the breeze and the beauty of body confidence.

8. I didn't even know this was possible

Well.... This was a surprise post I didn't even know I posted it.

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How is she doing this? Sign this chick up for AcroYoga, stat.

9. Street-style yoga

'Cause size shouldn't determine who does yoga on the street, amiright?

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10. Pets interrupting (or enhancing?) yoga

Because we all deserve to be thrown off balance by a curious cat in the middle of a One-Legged Down Dog.

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