Plus-sized Mumbai woman takes on trolls, becomes online yoga queen
Plus-sized Dolly Singh is challenging body stereotypes and defying internet trolls with a series of yoga videos that are proving a hit on social media. Pics courtesy Dolly Singh's Instagram account 'yogaforallmumbai'
With nothing but a mat and a laptop, Dolly Singh defies the notion that only those with svelte figures can rule the world of online fitness videos.
Dolly Singh, who has never been apologetic about "occupying a little more space in the world", started posting her yoga videos on her Instagram account 'yogaforallmumbai' two years ago.
34-year-old Mumbai-based media professional Dolly Singh is extremely popular online and has a thousand-plus followers on Instagram with over 200 yoga videos to her credit.
Dolly Singh, who is 4 feet 11 inches, has even posted pictures of her doing yoga abroad during her foreign trips.
Dolly Singh's mission in life is to promote a more positive body image and challenge fixed notions of fitness and beauty.
Dolly Singh is aware that there are trolls who do body-shame women, and has said in interviews that there "may have been" judgemental stares when she started doing yoga in public, but she doesn't care.
Dolly Singh, who works for a TV channel in Mumbai, feels that teachers need to be different also. "If there are different kinds of bodies, why should teachers all look the same?" she has said in an interview.
A self-taught yoga practitioner, Dolly Singh first started recording her session to check progress, but then started posting clips of her yoga poses and sessions on Instagram. Soon, she had a big following.
It has been nearly two years since Dolly Singh started doing yoga regularly. On weekdays she does "routine sequences" and during weekends, she heads to parks in Bandra. Pic/AFP
Dolly Singh's fan following is because she promoted body positivity by showing that size is no barrier to mastering complex yoga moves. Pic/AFP
Dolly Singh has received messages from women across the globe and takes the time to respond to many with advice on her social media handle. Pic/AFP
Dolly Singh, who currently weighs 73 kg, is not looking to have a thin figure, but have a strong body through yoga. Pic/AFP
A trailblazing woman, Dolly Singh is an inspiration to one and all. People can surely learn a thing or two from this strong-willed woman who can bend it better than Beckham. Pic/AFP