You might have noticed that many of the Adore Yoga blogposts talk about yoga and body image. From stating the obvious (in the advertising world, all yogis are young, thin and white) to considering how yoga can address, or entrench, negative body image, this blog often explores the connection between yoga, the way we feel about ourselves and how diversity in the yoga community is (or isn’t) represented. And I’m not alone.
Some of the strongest voices striving to make yoga more accessible to ALL bodies work in partnership with the Yoga and Body Image Coalition, an organisation that promotes yoga for all, regardless of age, shape, gender or ethnicity.
“Our mission not only advocates yoga as an essential tool in personal transformation, from the inside out, but also includes a critical social justice component by challenging industry leaders and media creators to expand their vision of what a yogi looks like.”
Now that’s my kind of organisation. Which is why I’m extremely honoured and humbled to be invited to become a Yoga and Body Image Coalition Community Partner.
I’m beyond excited to be working alongside some of the smartest and bravest yogi’s I know of, including Melanie Klein, Melody Moore, Carol Horton, Dianne Bondy and Hala Khouri, to promote education, body-love, diversity and critical thinking in the international yoga community.
One of the first projects will be to host Dr Melody Moore, US based psychologist, yogi and expert in eating disorders and self-love, in Australia in May 2016. Melody will be training Australian teachers to share theEmbody Love Movement, a program that empowers women and girls to value their ‘inner beauty’ and change the critical conversations about our bodies.
Watch out for more campaigns and projects in Australia that share the message EVERYbody is a yoga body. If you’d like to be a part of the positive body image movement that is sweeping the yoga community, get in touch and we’ll work together.
Nikola Ellis is the founder of Adore Yoga, yoga therapist, counsellor and teacher trainer. She conducts regular trainings that help people of all ages, shapes and abilities enjoy the benefits of yoga and meditation, including Meditation Facilitator Certificate Trainings; Level 1 200hr Teacher Training and Post Graduate Yoga Teacher Training in Mental Health, Adaptive Asana and the Foundations of Yoga Therapy and a highly regarded professional 650hr Graduate Certificate of Yoga Therapy.