This Former Binge-Eater Is Taking A Stand Against Fat-Shamers With Her Yoga

Through yoga, Dana learnt how to break free from her binge-eating cycle and enjoy her life and her body.

1. Dana Falsetti, aka nolatrees, promotes body-positive yoga to her thousands of Instagram and Facebook followers.

2. Falsetti has battled with her weight since she was 10 and felt trapped in her destructive binge-eating cycle.

 

Falsetti, from New Hope, Pennsylvania, told BuzzFeed News: “I was always very secretive, I wouldn’t binge-eat in front of people. If my parents were home I’d come down in the middle of the night and eat everything.”

3. Often Falsetti would lose the weight she put on, only to gain it back again.

“I did Weight Watchers, I went to fat camp, I had personal trainers. I would always lose the weight and then I would always gain it back and I was just trapped in that cycle. It repeated itself over 10-plus years of my life.”

4. In her junior year of college, she decided to try out a yoga class and absolutely hated it: “It was a lot harder than I anticipated it to be and I brought all my insecurities with me to class. It was challenging.”

5. Falsetti writes on her website:

I walked in having the largest body in the room on top of being the beginner, and yoga was hard. I couldn’t hold down dog for 5 breaths, my shoulders were on fire, and all the while other people in the room were popping up into optional headstands like it was no big deal.

6. But she persevered, kept showing up to class, and eventually turned her new yoga passion into a career by teaching yoga both online and through workshops.

 

According to Falsetti, yoga isn’t about losing weight, it’s about discipline and dedication: “Sometimes I just get on my mat and do a couple of sun salutations or just roll my spine round and sit in pigeon for five minutes. It doesn’t always look like an aggressive physical practice but the repetition of doing something for yourself is the best thing, it’s a form of self-care.”

7. Falsetti documents her yoga on Instagram to “track progress and to see my alignment and how my shape has changed over time”.

She told BuzzFeed: “Yoga practice is progressive and so it’s easy to miss all the steps in between while you’re doing that. Looking back and being able to see is powerful. I encourage people to document their journey, it promotes body awareness.”

8. However, by publicly showing her yoga she has opened herself up to negative criticism. She’s been fat-shamed and accused of “promoting obesity”.

Luckily, Falsetti doesn’t let those comments affect her: “I would have cared maybe two years ago. It would have been too much for me. I see myself differently now and I don’t see the way other people see me as something that has to impact my life.”

You can find Dana Falsetti on Instagram and Facebook.

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Maggy Van Eijk is the UK social media editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
 
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