Two years ago, Dolly Singh sprained her ankle. Advised by a doctor to lose weight, Dolly, who is a TV producer in Mumbai, India, started exercising. She did Zumba; she ran; she did Pilates. Then she walked into a yoga class.
"I was immediately hooked. One week into the class, other people in the group were impressed by how good my asanas were—I was this round, big-bodied person who could easily get into postures and that was something very surprising for them," she says. "They were very appreciative, and I started enjoying the practice. The instructor started taking an interest in me and would push me to try a little harder."
But four months later, a different instructor took over—and this one didn't think that Dolly had what it took to practice yoga regularly and improve at the pace others were. Dolly had other ideas.