Introducing the Yoga and Body Image Coalition

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By Melanie Klein and Brigitte Kouba This post was originally published at YogaDork. It has been updated and cross-posted with permission. Meet the Yoga and Body Coalition, an alliance created to unite individual efforts in promoting inclusivity, active transformation, and physical, spiritual, and mental empowerment in the … [Read more...]

Dear Racist Yogini: It’s South Asia Calling and We Want Our Yoga Back

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By Sayantani DasGupta Dear Racist, Size-Shaming Yogini at XO Jane, It’s South Asia calling. And we want our yoga back. Okay, truth, I’m just one Indian American woman, not actually all of South Asia (where, n.b. we brown folks like to capitalize the ‘S,’ just sayin’), but on behalf of all my mystical, exotic peoples, I … [Read more...]

“Yoga Body”: The Conspiracy

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By Danielle Prohom Olson, Yoga Divine Yoga I thought I’d said all I wanted on body image and yoga in my last post but controversy in the yoga world regarding a certain video has left me feeling I didn’t say nearly enough. Or say it clearly enough. So let me try again. The taut and toned ‘yoga body’ on display in the media … [Read more...]

How Yoga Changed My Mind (And My Relationship to My Body)

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By Melanie Klein For the women in my family, the body was a source of anxiety, shame, a measure of discipline and worth – something to fret over, scrutinize, and punish for bad behavior. Food invoked anxiety and fear. Calories were meticulously tracked and exercised away as quickly as possible. The women openly complained … [Read more...]

Subverting the Beauty Paradigm: Questioning the Relationship Between Body Image and Self Image, in Yoga & Beyond

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By Carol Horton A few weeks ago at my oldest son’s 8th grade graduation, I watched one 14-year-old girl after another walk awkwardly but determinedly across the school auditorium stage in skin-tight strapless mini-dresses and high stiletto heels. This was the first time that I’d seen these young teenage girls, many of whom … [Read more...]

“I’m Not A Size Zero. Can I Practice Yoga?”: Anna Guest-Jelley Says “Yes!”

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By Melanie Klein, Contributor Anna Guest-Jelley is the founder of Curvy Yoga — a training & inspiration portal for curvy yogis & their teachers. As a writer, teacher and lifelong champion for women’s empowerment and body acceptance, Anna encourages women of every size, age and ability to grab life by the curves. And … [Read more...]

Nude Yoga for Body Acceptance

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By Valerie Martin "The World," a program from Public Radio International (PRI), strives to bring its listeners "global perspectives for an American audience." It airs on my local public radio station in the evenings during my commute, and when I listen to it, I always feel just a little closer to (and more knowledgeable about) … [Read more...]