Yoga and Body Image: 25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery & Loving Your Body

Yoga and Body Image: 25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery & Loving Your Body

by Melanie C. Klein, Anna Guest-Jelley

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Overview

Yoga and Body Image: 25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery & Loving Your Body by Melanie C. Klein, Anna Guest-Jelley

In this remarkable, first-of-its-kind book, twenty-five contributors—including musician Alanis Morissette, celebrity yoga instructor Seane Corn, and New York Times bestselling author Dr. Sara Gottfried—discuss how yoga and body image intersect. Through inspiring personal stories you'll discover how yoga not only affects your physical health, but also how you feel about your body.

Offering unique perspectives on yoga and how it has shaped their lives, the writers provide tips for using yoga to find self-empowerment and improved body image. This anthology unites a diverse collection of voices that address topics across the spectrum of human experience, from culture and media to gender and sexuality. Yoga and Body Image will help you learn to connect with and love your beautiful body.

2015 IPPY Award Bonze Medal Winner in Inspirational/Spiritual

2014 ForeWord IndieFab Bronze Winner for Body, Mind & Spirit

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738739823
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 10/08/2014
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 758,595
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Melanie Klein, MA, is a writer, speaker, and professor of 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.

Anna Guest-Jelley, MA (Nashville, TN) 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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Table of Contents

Why Yoga and Body Image Melanie Klein 1

Part 1 Making Choices and Creating Change 11

Coming Home to the Body: Can Yoga Help or Hinder? Linda Sparrowe 13

Yoga Is More Than Just a Workout Dr. Sara Gottfried 23

How Shame Found Me on the Yoga Mat Marianne Elliott 35

Too Much Is Not Enough Dr. Melody Moore 43

Maybe the Problem Isn't My Body Anna Guest-Jelley 51

Part 2 On the Margins 61

Work in Progress Vytas Baskauskas 63

Confessions of a Fat, Black Yoga Teacher Dianne Bondy 73

I'm a Warrior, Hear Me Roar Carrie Barrepski 83

Yoga from the Margins Teo Drake 91

From Body Confident to Body Insecure and Back Joni Yung 99

Part 3 Culture and Media 109

F*** Yer Beauty Standards! Melanie Klein 111

What Has Always Been Rolf Gates 121

Beauty, Value, and the Feminine Roots of Yoga Nita Rubio 129

Power, Privilege, and the Beauty Myth Seane Corn 139

Too Much and Not Enough Chelsea Jackson 149

Finding and Loving the Essential Self Alanis Morissette 159

Part 4 Parenting and Children 171

Mother vs. Media Kate McIntyre Clere 173

Tuning Out the "Baby Bump" Media Madness: How Prenatal Yoga Helped Me Find Real Body Image Balance Claire Mysko 183

Rx: Yoga Dr. Dawn M. Dalili 191

"I'm Ugly! I'm So Ugly!" Shana Meyerson 201

Part 5 Gender and Sexuality 211

Meeting My Own Body Rosie Molinary 213

The Athletic Yogi: Sexuality and Identity through the Body Dr. Kerrie Kauer 221

Like Father, Like Son Bryan Kest 231

Doing More by Doing Less Ryan McGraw 241

Virabhadrasana in the Academy: Coming Out with an Open Heart Dr. Audrey Bilger 249

Where We Go from Here Anna Guest-Jelley 259

Acknowledgments 265

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