Twenty-five unique perspectives on yoga and body image
You'll learn how yoga not only affects your body but also how it affects the way you feel about your body.
Each author offers a unique perspective on how yoga has shaped his or her life and provides tips for using yoga to find self-empowerment and a renewed body image.
By bringing together a diverse collection of voices that span the spectrum of human experience, this anthology will help you learn to love your body and embrace a healthy lifestyle.
In this incredible, first-of-its-kind book, twenty-five authors, including Alanis Morrisette, Seane Corn, Bryan Kest, and Dr. Sara Gottfried, discuss how yoga and body image intersect. With these inspiring personal stories, learn how yoga not only affects your body but also how it affects the way you feel about your body. Each author offers a unique perspective on how yoga has shaped his or her life and provides tips for using yoga to find self-empowerment and a renewed body image. By bringing together a diverse collection of voices that span the spectrum of human experience, this anthology will help you learn to love your body and embrace a healthy lifestyle.
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
Publication date: 10/8/2014
Alanis is a Canadian and American singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer, and actress. She has won 16 Juno Awards and seven Grammy Awards, was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards.
Internationally renowned yoga teacher, spiritual activist, co-founder of Off the Mat, Into the World. Seane Corn is an internationally celebrated yoga teacher known for her impassioned activism, unique self-expression, and inspirational style of teaching that incorporates both the physical and mystical aspects of the practice of yoga.
Born in 1964, Bryan Kest has been practicing yoga since 1979, starting when he was 14 years old. He initially studied in Hawaii with David Williams, the first person to bring Ashtanga yoga to America. He then studied in India with K. Pattabhi Jois, the main proponent of Ashtanga yoga. Kest has been teaching yoga since 1985. "My primary objective", says Kest, "besides turning more and more people on to a healthier, more peaceful lifestyle that continually challenges them to grow, is to teach a system of exercise that fully integrates the body, mind, and spirit.
Melody Moore, Ph.D.,RYT is a Clinical Psychologist, yoga instructor, author, and activist. She graduated from Pepperdine University with a B.A. in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology in 1999 and from the University of Texas at Southwestern Medical School with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2005.
Nita Rubio (Nisha Bhairavi) is a Priestess in the lineage of Woman Mysteries of the Ancient Future Sisterhood. It is this mystery school that gave Nita the tools and skills to walk visibly in the world as a teacher. It is also the core work of the lineage, the Tantric Dance of Feminine Power, that allowed for Nita to be able to recognize the teachers of her continued education in the lineages of Kaula tantra, Sri Vidya and Kashmir Shaivism.
Claire is an award-winning author and an internationally recognized expert on body image, leadership, and media literacy. Her book for girls, You’re Amazing! A No-Pressure Guide to Being Your Best Self, was named to the Amelia Bloomer List, a project of the American Library Association that recognizes outstanding feminist books for young readers. She is also the co-author of Does This Pregnancy Make Me Look Fat? The Essential Guide to Loving Your Body Before and After Baby.
Shana Meyerson founded mini yogis® yoga for kids in March 2002. A pioneer in the children’s yoga community, Shana has taught teachers all over the world how to teach children in a fun, safe, and mindful way. Her intuitive and integrative approach to teaching allows her to positively change the lives of both typically developing and special needs children. Trained in classical yoga by one of the world’s most renowned yogis, Sri Dharma Mittra, Shana considers her teaching an offering to the sweet innocence of children and the lives that lay ahead of them.
Audrey Bilger is Professor of Literature and Faculty Director of the Center for Writing and Public Discourse at Claremont McKenna College. Bilger holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Oklahoma State University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia. As a graduate student at the University of Virginia, she was the Program Coordinator of the Women’s Center and a DJ at the college radio station, WTJU, Charlottesville. From 1992 to 1994, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Oberlin College.
Teo Drake is a spiritual activist, an educator, a practicing Buddhist and yogi, and an artisan who works in wood and steel. A self-described "blue-collar, queer-identified trans-man living with AIDS," Drake is affiliated with Off the Mat, Into the World and the organization Transfaith. When he isn’t helping spiritual spaces be more welcoming and inclusive of queer and transgender people or helping queer and trans folks find authentic spiritual paths, he can be found teaching martial arts, yoga, and woodworking to children.
Dr. Kauer received her Ph.D. in Sport Studies at The University of Tennessee in 2005. Her primary areas of teaching and scholarship focus on social and cultural aspects of sport with an expertise in issues of gender and sexuality. Dr. Kauer's line of research includes feminist and queer perspectives in sport, sport and activism, and embodied social justice.Currently, Dr. Kauer is the Coaching and Sport & Exercise Psychology Option coordinator in the Department of Kinesiology at CSU Long Beach. She teaches Sport in US Culture for the Graduate Program in Sport Management, Sport & US Culture and Psychology of Coaching in the Kinesiology graduate program, and Women in Sport and Socio-cultural Dimensions of Sport in the undergraduate Kinesiology program.
Author, speaker, and teacher, Rosie Molinary, MFA, empowers women to embrace their authentic selves so they can live their passion and purpose and give their gifts to the world. Rosie’s second book, Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self Acceptance, was published in October 2010 by Seal Press. Hijas Americanas, her book on Latina body image in America, was published by Seal Press in June 2007. In addition to writing, she teaches body image at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, offers workshops and retreats for women, and speaks on self-acceptance, body image, media literacy, the Latina experience, and social justice around the country.
Dianne Bondy practices yoga because it gives her a sense of balance and belonging. Yoga helps her celebrate who she is even though she doesn’t seem to fit in to most Yoga gatherings. In addition to being Black and a size 14, she is a typical Type A personality: prone to overworking, being impatient and becoming easily annoyed. Dianne’s highest intention is to empower people to create balance, celebrate their innate goodness and reach their greatest potential on and off the mat.
As the former editor-in-chief of Yoga International magazine, Linda Sparrowe has been instrumental in bringing the authentic voice of yoga to thousands of yoga teachers and practitioners who are ready to take their practice to the next level. Linda has written several books including A Woman’s Book of Yoga and Health: A Lifelong Guide to Wellness (with Patricia Walden); Yoga for Healthy Bones; Yoga for Healthy Menstruation; and Yoga: A Yoga Journal Book, a coffee table book which chronicles the history of yoga and showcases more than 350 photographs of awe-inspiring yoga poses (by David Martinez).
Sara Gottfried, M.D., is a practicing integrative physician and author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Hormone Cure (Scribner, 2013). Dr. Sara teaches women and men how to balance their hormones naturally, regardless of age. Take her quiz at http://thehormonecurebook.com/quiz/ to find out if your hormones need help.
Chelsea Jackson. Chelsea Jackson is originally from Dayton, Ohio. She received her BA in Child Development from Spelman College and MA in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York. In 2002 she began teaching elementary school and yoga in Atlanta, Georgia. Chelsea loves West African dance and has been a member of the Heritage Drummers and Dancers since 1998. Chelsea also enjoys playing Capoeira Angola, practicing yoga, and learning from children. Chelsea is fascinated by the multiple literacy practices that exist in communities and currently facilitates a virtual yoga community on www.chelsealovesyoga.com.
Today I practice asana regularly at home and try my best to meditate every day. My teacher Vinnie Marino helps me continue to learn better ways to teach and incorporate my yoga into day-to-day life. He is a wonderful mentor and friend. I have climbed but a few steps of the ladder and am working my way upward still. Every fault is an opportunity for growth and every day is an opportunity for life. I am lucky to have great friends and family to share the love with. Hope to see you as we follow the road to happy destiny.
After a successful career as an actor and theater director Kate McIntyre Cleremoved into film in 1997. Kate Directed A Year on the Wing, which launched the online documentary genre with the ABC in Australia following the path of migratory wading birds across the planet. Kate was Writer and Directed for A Hard Place an experimental short film that was officially selected for 12 international film festivals and is currently used as a tool with childcare centers and training institutions. Kate has recently Co-Directed and Produced the award winning documentary YOGAWOMAN. Kate Produced AUSSIE RULES THE WORLD. To be released July 2014
Joni Yung first dipped her toes into the stream of yoga social media when she started her blog, The Accidental Yogist. Years later, she took the journalistic plunge when she joined LA Yoga Magazine as a contributing writer, later taking on the role of Senior Editor. She is now deeply immersed in yoga culture and communication and hosts a weekly internet radio show and podcast, Yoga Chat with the Accidental Yogist, featuring interviews with teachers, musicians, authors, filmmakers, healers, and other advocates for a cleaner, healthier world.
A human rights advocate and a writer. Served in the United Nations mission in Afghanistan with a focus on human rights and gender issues, helped develop human rights strategies for the governments of New Zealand and Timor-Leste and worked as Policy Advisor for Oxfam. Written a book about doing good and being well in Afghanistan (Zen Under Fire, Penguin NZ, 2012) and writes for the Huffington Post.
Dawn Dalili is a Naturopathic Physician, licensed in the state of Arizona. She gave up the practice of Naturopathic Medicine and serves her clients as a personal mentor because of her deep belief that our food choices and lifestyle is simply a symptom of our underlying beliefs about who we are and what we’re worth. Her mentoring practice focuses on inviting women into a life they love, in a body they love.
Rolf Gates, author of the acclaimed book on yogic philosophy Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga is one of the leading voices of modern yoga. Rolf conducts Vinyasa Intensives and 200/500 Teacher Trainings throughout the US and abroad. A former social worker and US Airborne Ranger who has practiced meditation for the last twenty years, Rolf brings his eclectic background to his practice and his teachings.
Ryan McGraw is a 30-year-old yoga teacher who grew up in Detroit and now lives in Chicago. He also has cerebral palsy. While the symptoms of the group of disorders can vary significantly from one person to the next, cerebral palsy often impairs movement and coordination—two skills we often think of as crucial for practicing yoga. But, as we learned while researching yoga for people in wheelchairs, the principals of yoga don't discriminate. It's true that McGraw doesn't quite look like the yogis in most fitness magazines, and he doesn't anticipate sweating through a session of power yoga anytime soon. He doesn't fit the mold, which is fine, because he's molding yoga routines to fit his needs.
Carrie is an individual with multiple disabilities: cerebral palsy, hearing loss and is also legally blind. As a result of these disabilities and the experiences she has encountered, Carrie has developed a strong passion for disability rights and advocating for the disabled. Carrie graduated with a BSW from Madonna University in 1996. Having always been interested in writing since childhood, she began writing columns online in 2000 on topics affecting the disabled community. In 2013, Carrie became a a Lakishmi Voelker chair yoga teacher. With chair yoga, her hope is to bring the joy of yoga to people with disabilities like herself.
Based in Santa Monica, California, Melanie is a writer, speaker, and professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies. She is the founder and co-coordinator for the LA- based chapter of Women, Action and the Media, on the advisory board for the Brave Girls alliance, and the co-founder of the Yoga and Body Image Coalition. She is also a contributing author in 21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics and Practice and featured in Conversations with Modern Yogis.
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Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Anna is the founder of CurvyYoga.com, a training and inspiration portal for curvy yogis that has been featured in The Washington Post, Yoga Journal, U.S. News & World Report and Yoga International, among others.
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