Dana Falsetti is a yoga instructor from Pennsylvania who proves that you don't need to look like a stock-photo waif to be healthy, fit, and really amazing at holding crow pose (and pretty much every other yoga pose that makes you think "I could never do that").
As Falsetti writes on her website, her journey to yoga started "after years of binge eating, years of struggling with confidence, years of gaining and losing weight in bouts of depression and anxiety."
She goes on to say that she turned to yoga as a "last resort," and that her first classes were incredibly difficult. But, over time, she's learned that anyone and everyone can do yoga. As she puts it:
Yoga is a spiritual practice, one that allows you to be and see yourself. It's a practice of non-attachment. Your physical body isn't a deciding factor in whether or not yoga is for you.
Falsetti proves that in her amazing Instagram photos and videos, which she uses to track her progress with yoga.
Because she shares her photos online, Falsetti has dealt with her share of negative commenters who try to shame her for her weight or claim that she's unhealthy. But thankfully, she gets more comments like this:
Fasetti travels around the country teaching yoga workshops; if you'd like to learn with her, you can see upcoming classes on her website.