Episode: 38

Role of Body Image and Feminism in Yoga with Melanie Klein

Most yoga teachers don't realize how important it is to have this conversation around yoga, body image & feminism. These are not only highly relevant whether you're a yoga teacher or a yoga enthusiast. My own relationship with my body image has been constantly evolving over the years. As an Indian Yoga teacher living in the US, I've had these conversations with many Indian students of mine who've often thought the gold standard of body image was being thin. Or somehow losing weight would make life better in every possible way.

I've been keen to have this conversation on the podcast but was waiting to find the right guest. I'm excited that you get to hear Melanie Klein on the show today. She's a professor of sociology and Women’s Studies, an empowerment coach, thought leader, and influencer in the areas of radical self-acceptance, authentic empowerment, and supercharged confidence. Her areas of interest and specialty include media literacy education, body image, and the intersectional analysis of systems of power and privilege. She is the co-author of Yoga and Body Image: 25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery & Loving Your Body.

Melanie is the real deal when it comes to yoga and body image. She packs so much information into today’s episode about yoga, body image & the role of intersectional feminism. If you're a yoga student, yoga teacher, or enrolled in yoga teacher training, hit play now.

Episode Highlights:

  • How Melanie became such a thought leader in the yoga world
  • How Melanie’s body image evolved and enhanced over time with her yoga practice
  • Resisting the system of oppression and educating ourselves
  • How do we as women take control of our own narrative?
  • Where are we today in the yoga world in terms of representation of body image
  • Tokenism for POC yoga teachers
  • How Melanie interprets yoga
  • What does it mean to be a feminist in the yoga world today?
  • How do men & male yoga teachers get involved in the conversation about feminism?
  • Melanie shares the first time she heard the term yoga body
  • The woman who've impacted Melanie’s life

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Melanie Klein

Melanie C. Klein, M.A., is an empowerment coach, thought leader, and influencer in the areas of radical self-acceptance, authentic empowerment, and supercharged confidence. She is also a successful writer, speaker, and professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies. Her areas of interest and specialty include media literacy education, body image, and the intersectional analysis of systems of power and privilege.


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