Dana Falsetti is living proof that you should never let your body stop you from fulfilling your dreams.
"I was just holding myself back from doing things because I was heavy," she says in the video above. "And I let that just be an excuse for everything in my life."
Falsetti says that learning about her body through yoga has helped her learn to love herself. She now works as a yoga teacher.
"You just have to get to a certain point where you have to get over it," she says.
She now posts regular photos of herself performing impressive poses on Instagram, where she has gained more than 80,000 followers.
Her story has clearly inspired others, with her fans leaving comments on her photos such as: "You're incredible. Thank you for inspiring me to accept my body as it is."
What a woman.
Come to a four pointed kneeling position with your shoulders stacked over your wrists. Round your spine with your exhales, and arch back with your inhales.
Sit on the floor with your left leg extended forward and your right foot placed near your left inner thigh. Place your left hand on the floor near your inner ankle. Rotate your heart open to the right hand side of the room while reaching your left arm over the ear to stretch your side. Note: If placing your left elbow on the floor is too challenging, you can modify by keeping your arm straight instead. Repeat on the other side.
Come to a simple crossed legged position. Place your right hand on your left outer knee, and our left hand on the ground behind you. Lengthen upward through the top of your head as you inhale, and twist deeper as you exhale. If you need to modify, this posture can also be done while sitting in a chair.
From a seated position, grab the sides of your feet. Lengthen your spine by sliding your breastbone upward toward your chin. To modify, wrap a belt or strap around your feet instead. If you wish to deepen, continue hinging forward from the hip crease for more stretch.
Lay down on the floor. Extend your arms outward to the sides at approximately shoulder height. Draw your left knee toward your chest and then gently sweep it over and toward the floor on your right hands side. With your left shoulder firmly anchored to the floor, gently rest your right hand on your left knee. Allow your knee to passively sink toward the floor with every exhale. Repeat on the other side.