YOGA AND BODY IMAGE- Sharing our Stories and Creating Change

Intro SlideLOTUS YOGA and COPE sponsors a very special event:

Yoga and Body Image Workshops

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015
Time: 11:00- 1:30, 2:30-4:00, 4:30- 6:00
Instructor: Melanie Klein and Dana Smith
Cost: $40 for individual workshop or $75 for BOTH workshops
Event Description:

1) YOGA AND BODY IMAGE- Sharing our Stories and Creating Change 

Melanie Klein, 11:00-1:30

Join Yoga and Body Image co-editor and Yoga and Body Image Coalition co-founder, Melanie Klein as she guides participants in accessing their own body image stories with a focus on how yoga can serve as a support in mind/body integration allowing us to feel deeply into our being. Through guided meditation, movement, interactive discussion and journaling exercises, participants will learn about body image, what it is and how theirs was uniquely created as well as how body image intersects with race, class, gender identity, age, size and sexual orientation. Accessing our story and tapping into the power of our own voice serves as a catalyst to individual transformation and social change.

About Melanie

Melanie Klein, M.A., is a writer, speaker and Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at Santa Monica College. 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. A body image activist and media literacy advocate, she is the founder of the Los Angeles chapter of Women, Action and the Media, is on the board of Global Girl Media and the Brave Girls Alliance and she has worked with and the National Eating Disorders Association. Her work has been featured at Ms. Magazine, Feministing, Yoga International, Yoga Journal, LA Yoga Magazine, Adios Barbie and Mantra Yoga + Health Magazine.    Yoga and Body Image: 25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery + Loving Your Body is a new anthology that unites a diverse collection of voices that address topics across the spectrum of human experience, from culture and media to gender and sexuality. 



Dana Smith, 2:30- 4:00


Join Dana Smith, author of YES! Yoga Has Curves, for a special workshop that will teach you how to cultivate self love through the practice of yoga.  Many of us spend most of our time taking care of others and may spend little to no time taking care of ourselves. From work to family obligations our needs may get lost in the rush, which may cause our lives to be out of balance. In this workshop, we will explore a gentle heart and hip opening practice and participants will learn daily “love” rituals designed to support, nurture and soothe the mind, body and soul.  All levels are welcome.


About Dana:


Dana Smith is a certified Yoga Teacher and Trainer, Master Life Coach and Holistic Health Practitioner specializing in Reiki and Thai Yoga Massage. She believes that yoga is a powerful tool on the path of total wellness and all can practice regardless of size, age or ability. In an effort to show the beautiful diversity that is yoga she released her first book YES! Yoga Has Curves which highlights the practice and stories of 45 women of all beautiful shapes and sizes. 


YES! Yoga Has Curves is a collection of images and stories about inspiring curvy women that serves as a testament that yoga is for EVERYbody and that no one physical size is better suited for practice. 
Yoga, Body Image and Demystifying the “Yoga Body” Stereotype.
Join Yoga and Body Image co-editor and Yoga and Body Image Coalition co-founder, Melanie Klein, and Yes, Yoga Has Curves editor and Yoga and Body Image Coalition partner, Dana Smith in a dual book reading and interactive panel discussion that explores the healing qualities of yoga practice on body image, the “yoga body” stereotype and how to create a paradigm shift in yoga media and culture.


This part of the Workshop is Free and open to the public.

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