by Melanie Klein and Brigitte Kouba
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 yoga community.
We’ve joined forces to raise awareness by utilizing critical theories that examine the role of sexism, racism, classism, heterosexism, able-ism, size-ism, age-ism and consumer culture in contemporary body image politics and provide solutions to make yoga more accessible for everyone.
And we’re grateful to make our first formal appearance this Saturday, July 12th at YJLIVE!: SAN DIEGO as part of The Practice of Leadership Series. This conversation will build on the conversation in New York last April and will include multiple community leaders confronting the complicated issue of body image in the yoga culture. The gathering will be an open and honest dialogue that gets at the heart of our practice, our role as conscious leaders and how to make yoga accessible and welcoming to every BODY.
We’re pleased to introduce the coalition’s mission, core values and members.
Our coalition is committed to body love by developing, promoting and supporting yoga that is accessible, body positive and reflects the full range of human diversity. Our mission not only advocates yoga as an essential tool in personal transformation, from the inside out, but also includes a critical social justice component by challenging industry leaders and media creators to expand their vision of what a yogi looks like.
Who We Are:
We are yoga teachers, practitioners, experts, educators, activists, writers, businesses, artists, non-profits organizations and advocates. We have come together to form a collective that advocates for optimal well-being and healthy body relationships through a consistent yoga practice, including physical asana, meditation, and more.
We believe in the transformative power of yoga.
We believe yoga is for every body and that every body is worthy of love.
We believe in eradicating negative self-talk and body snarking.
We believe the slogan, “love your body,” is a fully dimensional mantra promoting body acceptance in ourselves and each other.
We believe body positivity is more than a #hashtag, marketing slogan, or commodity – it’s conscious action and lived practice.
We believe in critical thinking as a core component in raising consciousness.
We believe in conscious marketing and messaging as related to body positive media content in language and imagery.
We believe media literacy education is key in deconstructing and creating new media imagery.
Founding Board and Partners:
Dr. Melody Moore
Danielle Prohom Olson
Allies and Advisers:
Anna Guest – Jelley
Dr. Kerrie Kauer
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Yoga and Body Image: 25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery + Loving Your Body
Melanie Klein, M.A., is a writer, speaker and Associate Faculty member at Santa Monica College teaching Sociology and Women’s Studies. She is a contributing author in 21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics and Practice and is featured in Conversations with Modern Yogis. She is the co-editor of Yoga and Body Image: 25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery + Loving Your Body, and co-founder of the Yoga and Body Image Coalition.
Brigitte Kouba M.A., E-RYT (aka Gigi Yogini), is a Positive Body Image Advocate and Yoga Instructor. She is the creator of YOGAudacious, celebrating the courage of women who love yoga, and co-founder of the Yoga and Body Image Coalition.
image credit: Sarit Z. Rogers
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