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

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Julie Clayton   September 06, 2014  
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In this incredible, first-of-its-kind book, twenty-five authors, including Alanis Morissette, 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.


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This is an exceptional and engaging book about yoga—not yoga postures, but rather, the transformative effect yoga has on the body-mind. In other words, how yoga makes us feel about our bodies, and particularly against the backdrop of mainstream messages that influence how we regard beauty and body image (for both men and women). As the co-editors say, although an ancient practice, for better or worse yoga has become a modern industry, and one can be both critical of such changes while hailing the many positive benefits the practice offers.

Yoga and Body Image is divided into five sections: Making Choices and Creating Change; On the Margins; Culture and Media; Parenting and Children; and Gender and Sexuality—five essays in each section from diverse voices that span the spectrum of human experience, heartbreaking and uplifting anecdotes of personal struggles and triumphs. Each contributor recounts how yoga has changed their life, although not in the sense of happily-ever-after, but in the opportunity it has provided for them to know and love themselves in authentic and extraordinary ways. Which as contributor Vytas Baskauskas, a recovered heroin addiction who was once both homeless and imprisoned says, is a daily practice—always a work in progress.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has felt even a twinge of angst about their body image, which I dare say is most everyone, and especially for “yoga agnostics”—who may not take up a yoga practice from reading this book (and fair warning that you might), but whose appreciation for the benefits of a yoga practice will be thoroughly transformed. Whether a yoga enthusiast, a skeptic, or indifferent, all readers will be touched by the poignant reminders in this book that “it’s not what we look like, but how we live, that is the measure of [any] practice.”

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