Yoga and Body Image Coalition
The Yoga and Body Image 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.
30 Empowering Stories from Yoga Renegades for Every Body.
Courage, truth, and inspiration at the intersection of spiritual practice and social justice.
Yoga Rising is a collection of personal essays meant to support your journey toward self-acceptance and self-love. This follow-up to the groundbreaking book Yoga and Body Image features 30 contributors who share stories of major turning points. Explore how body image and yoga intersect with race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, dis/ability, socioeconomic status, age, and size as part and parcel of culture and society. Collectively, we can make space for yoga that is body positive and accessible to the full range of human diversity. With a special emphasis on how you can take action to build community and challenge destructive attitudes and structures,
The connection between yoga and my eating disorder was not initially apparent, nor was it a direct line from point A to point B. Many people in recovery can probably tell you they have heard at one point or another
We will be engaging in several efforts throughout National Eating Disorders Awareness Week which takes place February 26th-March 4th. Our intention is to help raise awareness about the serious nature of eating disorders and to help direct those affected to receive the help they need
It starts when we’re children. “Who’s your Valentine?”, parents ask. And then, “Who are you giving your Valentine to?”, teachers wonder. And years later, “Who are you spending Valentine’s Day with?”, friends inquire. The day has created this expectation that
"The teacher placed their open palm on my lower abdomen and forcefully adjusted my pelvis without asking permission. I never knew when the teacher would come around. After 15 years of yoga classes, I considered abandoning my practice." -Trauma Informed
The following content was written by Janet Lowndes at Mind Body Well and has been cross-posted with permission. For the original article, see here.
The language of ‘body image’ is common in our culture of attention to appearance, and lately, conversation
Our campaign challenges stereotypes about who practices yoga, who should practice yoga, and what a “yoga body” looks like. Share and wear the YBIC 'This is whatayogilookslike' Tee, Tank or Hoodie.
Every Body is a Yoga Body
Spread the good vibes and buy a tee/tank/hoodie for yourself, a teacher, friend, family member or someone who loves (or could benefit from) yoga. Join us by boldly declaring, " Every body is a yoga body."
Yoga and Body Image:
25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery & Loving Your Body.
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.
Much of our dissatisfaction (and disappointment) with our bodies and compromised self-esteem is a result of an image not rooted in reality but grounded in an illusion.
My yoga practice teaches me acceptance in that my body is not an inconvenience or a burden, but rather an opportunity to reclaim my position in any space I choose to occupy.
Chelsea Jackson, Ph.DContributor
No one else empowers you. You empower yourself. And as that inner empowerment unfolds, you step into your agency and can begin to take compassionate action on your own behalf.