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, Yoga Rising is a resource for the continuing work of healing ourselves and our world as we move toward liberation for all.
"A must-read collection of essays ideal for anyone yearning for more self-acceptance and body peace. Read this book, and I guarantee you'll hear a story that resonates with your own experiences."Amber Karnes, founder of Body Positive Yoga
"Yoga Rising kicks open the door for evolution through a collection of honest, diverse, and daring stories . . . A refreshing dose of inspiration that has the power to transform lives."Kathryn Budig, yoga teacher and author of Aim True
|Publisher:||Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(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.
Table of Contents
Contents Foreword by Dianne Bondy . . . xiii Introduction . . . 1
PART ONE: YOGA, BODY IMAGE, AND SELF-WORTH - 7 Rediscover, Reconnect, and Repair: A Lifelong Commitment, by Lisa Diers . . . 9 Perfectionism and My Pathway to Yoga, by Pia Guerrero . . . 19 A Recovered Perfectionist, Robyn Baker . . . 27 Saying Good-Bye to the Inner Critic, by Dr. Melissa Mercedes . . . 37 Kriya YogaLiving Yoga, by Jivana Heyman . . . 45 On Living Bold and Discovering Your Power, by Dr. Jenny Copeland . . . 53 Part 1 Moving Inward & Upward . . . 63
PART TWO: HEALING THE BODY AND MIND THROUGH PRACTICE - 65 Finding the Right Fit: A Journey to Self-Acceptance, by Tiina Veer . . . 67 Sparkle Girl, Dr. Beth Berila . . . 77 The Expert Within, by Kimber Simpkins . . . 87 Evolving Addiction, Elena Brower . . . 97 Rebirth & Reconnection: My Journey with Cancer, by Dana Byerlee . . . 105 Dragons and Other Demons, by Jodi Strock . . . 113 Part 2 Moving Inward & Upward . . . 123
PART THREE: YOGA FOR EVERY BODY AND EVERY ONE - 125 Take Up Space and Be Seen, by Gwen Soffer . . . 129 Learning to Love the Whole, by Jacoby Ballard . . . 137 Instagram, Yoga, and Learning to Love My Big, Black Body, by Jessamyn Stanley . . . 145 Whose Yoga Is It Anyway?: An Indian American's Adventures in YogaLand, by Lakshmi Nair . . . 153 The Rapunzel Game, Dr. Sabrina Strings . . . 163 So We Can Breathe, by Chanelle John . . . 171 Part 3 Moving Inward & Upward . . . 179
PART FOUR: CHALLENGING EXCLUSIVITY AND CREATING SPACE - 181 Yoga and the Pre-Baby Body, by Suzannah Neufeld . . . 183 Never the Perfect Body, by Dana A. Smith . . . 193 How I (Didn't) Get a Yoga Body in 21 Days, by Roseanna Harvey . . . 201 Privilege Makes the World Go Round, by Lauren Eckstrom . . . 211 Focusing on Ability in Dis-Ability of Yoga, by Elizabeth Wojtowicz . . . 219 Part 4 Moving Inward & Upward . . . 227
PART FIVE: IGNITING YOUR INNER YOGA RENEGADE - 229 Finding Refuge on the Yoga Mat: How Modern Practitioners Need to Say No to Our Culture and Yes to Ourselves, by Dr. Judith Hanson Lasater . . . 231 #Selfie@Sixty, by Cyndi Lee . . . 241 Combating Weapons of Mass Perfection, by Sarit Z Rogers . . . 255 Yoga Girl: Living Authentically in the Social Media World, an Interview with Rachel Brathen, by Melanie Klein . . . 265 From Body Issues to Bodyful, by Pranidhi Varshney . . . 275 Finding My Yoga Home, by Zubin Shroff . . . 283 Lessons Learned, Lessons Taught, by Dr. Gail Parker . . . 291 Part 5 Moving Inward & Upward . . . 301
Conclusion . . . 303 Resources . . . 307 Acknowledgments . . . 317