Yoga is a way to get at the stories we hold in our bodies.January 30, 2015
Yoga is a way to get at the stories we hold in our bodies.
Podcast featuring Dianne Bondy and Kimberly Dark.
Kimberly Dark talks about how some people experience the language often used in yoga classes as demeaning rather than encouraging. Through her stories, Dark helps us see ourselves as creators of culture. She reveals how the language we use towards others mirrors the language we use towards ourselves. Since “most of us aren’t consistent with wishing ourselves well,” many of us have some “body biases” to reflect upon.
This podcast includes specific tips yoga teachers can use to make our language—and therefore our classes—more welcoming to everyone. Rather than echoing the wider cultural message that there is something wrong with certain bodies, Dark helps us understand how to help our students feel their “right to be exactly” as they are.
Kimberly Dark is a writer, professor, performer and yoga teacher who believes all bodies deserve pleasure and joy. Find out more about her work at www.kimberlydark.com and join her at one of two yoga retreats for all bodies in Hawaii in 2015.
Dianne Bondy is passionate about creating a more diverse playing field in the yoga community and is a highly recognized voice in the Diversity in Yoga and Yoga of Inclusion movements – where all shapes, sizes, ethnicities, and cultural backgrounds are recognized and embraced both on and off the mat.