Yoga The Body And Embodied Social Change

Author: Beth Berila
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 1498528031
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Yoga, the Body, and Embodied Social Change is the first collection to gather together prominent scholars on yoga and the body. Using an intersectional lens, the essays examine yoga in the United States as a complex cultural phenomenon that reveals racial, economic, gendered, and sexual politics of the body. From discussions of the stereotypical yoga body to analyses of pivotal court cases, Yoga, the Body, and Embodied Social Change examines the sociopolitical tensions of contemporary yoga. Because so many yogic spaces reflect the oppressive nature of many other public spheres, the essays in this collection also examine what needs to change in order for yoga to truly live up to its liberatory potential, from the blogosphere around Black women’s health to the creation of queer and trans yoga classes to the healing potential of yoga for people living with chronic illness or trauma. While many of these conversations are emerging in the broader public sphere, few have made their way into academic scholarship. This book changes all that. The essays in this anthology interrogate yoga as it is portrayed in the media, yoga spaces, and yoga as it is integrated in education, the law, and concepts of health to examine who is included and who is excluded from yoga in the West. The result is a thoughtful analysis of the possibilities and the limitations of yoga for feminist social transformation.

Yoga And Body Image

Author: Melanie C. Klein
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
ISBN: 0738741779
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In this remarkable, first-of-its-kind book, twenty-five contributors—including musician Alanis Morissette, celebrity yoga instructor Seane Corn, and New York Times bestselling author Dr. Sara Gottfried—discuss how yoga and body image intersect. Through inspiring personal stories you’ll discover how yoga not only affects your physical health, but also how you feel about your body. Offering unique perspectives on yoga and how it has shaped their lives, the writers provide tips for using yoga to find self-empowerment and improved body image. This anthology unites a diverse collection of voices that address topics across the spectrum of human experience, from culture and media to gender and sexuality. Yoga and Body Image will help you learn to connect with and love your beautiful body. 2015 IPPY Award Bonze Medal Winner in Inspirational/Spiritual 2014 ForeWord IndieFab Bronze Winner for Body, Mind & Spirit

Yoga Rising

Author: Melanie C. Klein
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
ISBN: 0738755931
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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. Praise: "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 "This book is full of stories of hope and resilience, which also reveal how our culture normalizes some bodies and marginalizes so many. If the practice of yoga is to be truly accessible to all, we must actively push against a system that harms so many. Yoga Rising is a book about how this is being done, and how we can all be a part of a movement that is truly diverse, inclusive, courageous, and loving."—Hala Khouri, MA, SEP, E-RYT, co-founder of Off the Mat, Into the World "This is a must-have yoga book! The collection of stories here tells the intimate truth about body-image, self-worth, practice, and creating space for each other and ourselves. The storytelling here is brave and it is honest. This is yoga at its most powerful."—Mariam Gates, bestselling author of Good Night Yoga, Good Morning Yoga "You will be changed by this book forever. The power and depth of these honest and vulnerable stories will make you see yoga, your body, and the world in a totally new way. It opened my heart and my eyes and left me moved, challenged, and inspired."—Sarah Harry, RYT, author of Fat Yoga and founder of Body Positive Australia "How many people steer clear of yoga class because they are afraid to look out of place, inflexible, inexperienced, or unattractive? I've certainly been on that list. Melanie Klein's new book heals the divide. I pray that it will open the door for all of us to enter class with pride, joy, vulnerability, and self-love."—Brian Leaf, author of The Teacher Appears "Yoga Rising is a must-read collection of essays for yoga teachers, practitioners, and all individuals and groups of people who are unsure if they "belong" to yoga. The compelling and beautifully honest narratives in this text illustrates the magic of the mind/body/sprit connection through deeply personal accounts."—Kerrie J. Kauer, PhD, instructor of gender, sexuality, and women's studies, University of Pittsburgh "Yoga Rising is a long-overdue celebration of what it means to be human and practice Yoga in the twenty-first century. The rich storytelling ignites the fire of self-discovery and has the potential to bring about positive change in the world!"—Brenda L. Feuerstein, author of The Yoga-Sutra from a Woman's Perspective "Yoga Rising beautifully shares interwoven, yet uniquely distinctive, stories from pioneers, change-agents, and inspirational people truly living their yoga practice in the world. As someone who practices yoga in a large body, I am endlessly thankful for those who light the way through their own story and spark others to step into their practice and truth, too."—Rachel Estapa, founder of More to Love "Healing one's body image can feel like a daunting task. But with Klein's Yoga Rising every eloquent story reminds us that we are not alone and through our shared love of yoga, we will rise."—Rebecca Scritchfield, RDN, EP-C, author of Body Kindness "Yoga Rising is a powerful call to action to share our stories, celebrate our bodies, and honor the dynamic dimensions of our lived experiences."—Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, RYT, founder of Chime Yoga Therapy and co-founder of The Body Kindness Project "Yoga Rising's curation of stories and experiences is not only inspiring, but also essential to understanding how, why, and for whom this practice works to heal and to bring wholeness."—Melody Moore, PhD, clinical psychologist and founder of Embody Love Movement

Integrating Mindfulness Into Anti Oppression Pedagogy

Author: Beth Berila
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317520777
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Drawing from mindfulness education and social justice teaching, this book explores an anti-oppressive pedagogy for university and college classrooms. Authentic classroom discussions about oppression and diversity can be difficult; a mindful approach allows students to explore their experiences with compassion and to engage in critical inquiry to confront their deeply held beliefs and value systems. This engaging book is full of practical tips for deepening learning, addressing challenging situations, and providing mindfulness practices in anti-oppression classrooms. Integrating Mindfulness into Anti-Oppression Pedagogy is for all higher education professionals interested in pedagogy that empowers and engages students in the complex unlearning of oppression.

Body Kindness

Author: Rebecca Scritchfield
Publisher: Workman Publishing
ISBN: 0761189750
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Imagine a graph with two lines. One indicates happiness, the other tracks how you feel about your body. If you’re like millions of people, the lines do not intersect. But what if they did? This practical, inspirational, and visually lively book shows you how to create a healthier and happier life by treating yourself with compassion rather than shame. It shows the way to a sense of well-being attained by understanding how to love, connect, and care for yourself—and that includes your mind as well as your body. Body Kindness is based on four principles. WHAT YOU DO: the choices you make about food, exercise, sleep, and more HOW YOU FEEL: befriending your emotions and standing up to the unhelpful voice in your head WHO YOU ARE: goal-setting based on your personal values WHERE YOU BELONG: body-loving support from people and communities that help you create a meaningful life With mind and body exercises to keep your energy spiraling up and prompts to help you identify what YOU really want and care about, Body Kindness helps you let go of things you can't control and embrace the things you can by finding the workable, daily steps that fit you best. Think of it as the anti-diet book that leads to a more joyful and meaningful life!

The Implied Spider

Author: Wendy Doniger
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231156421
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Wendy Doniger's foundational study is both modern in its engagement with a diverse range of religions and refreshingly classic in its transhistorical, cross-cultural approach. By responsibly analyzing patterns and themes across context. Doniger reinvigorates the comparative reading of religion while tapping into a wealth of narrative traditions. from the instructive tales of Judaism and Christianity to the moral lessons of the Bhagavad Gita. She extracts political meaning from a variety of texts while respecting the original ideas of each. A new preface confronts the difficulty of contextualizing the comparison of religions as well as controversies over choosing subjects and positioning arguments, and the text itself is expanded and updated throughout. `An entertaining and highly accessible look at how myths reveal what is common to all humanity.---Parabola `A racy, enjoyable book...Wendy Doniger brings to her study a wealth of story and folklore from many different traditions, exploring creatively the enduring role of myth through time and across cultures.---Theological Book Review `A timely meditation on what comparative studies might mean...a cross-cultural comparison of different stories from different areas of the world, different tribes, different languages."---London Review of Books "A book that is particularly worthy of the attention of readers in religious studies beyond the history of religions. Since it is Wendy Doniger's most methodological book. The Implied Spider is important, not fur its analysis of myths, but for the arguments that it makes in support of the comparative study of myths.'---Religious Studies Review "By analyzing the political, theological, and psychological structures of the sacred stories of various cultures through time, from the Hebrew Bible to Star Trek. Doniger shows how myths create a shared interdisciplinary narrative of all human creatures....Ranging widely, she offers a detailed, scholarly account."---Library Journal "Sparkingg with erudite and often entertaining intertextual references. The implied Spider is an impressive web delicately constructed of deft analysis together with a sustained argument about the myth's ability to convey and conjure the theological and the political. With its challenges to literary theorists, historians, and ethnographers, it takes various bulls by their respective horns, It will doubtless delight and surely provoke readers, whatever their ilk."---Church History

Healing Justice

Author: Loretta Pyles
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190663081
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In the context of multiple forms of global economic, social, and cultural oppression, along with intergenerational trauma, burnout, and public services retrenchment, this book offers a framework and set of inquiries and practices for social workers, activists, community organizers, counselors, and other helping professionals. Healing justice, a term that has emerged in social movements in the last decade, is taught as a practice of connecting to the whole self, what many are conditioned to ignore -- the body, mind-heart, spirit, community, and natural world. Drawing from the East-West modalities of mindfulness, yoga, and Ayurveda, the author introduces six capabilities -- mindfulness and compassion; critical thinking and curiosity; and effort and equanimity -- which can guide practitioners on a transformative and empowering journey that can ultimately make them and their colleagues more effective in their work. Using case studies, critical analysis, and skill sharing, self-care is presented as an act of resistance to disconnection, marginalization, and internalized oppression. Healing justice is a trauma-informed practice that empowers social practitioners to cultivate the conditions that might allow them to feel more connected to themselves, their clients, colleagues, and communities. The book also engages critically with self-care practices, including investigation into the science of mindfulness, cultural appropriation, and the commodification of self-care. The message is clear that mindfulness-based practices are not a panacea for personal, inter-personal, or political problems. But, they can put practitioners in a more authentic and powerful place to work from, which is particularly important in a world where there is more connection to technology, ideologies, and people who share one's beliefs, and less connection to the natural world, people who are different, and the parts of oneself that one tends to reject. The book also offers suggestions for how to share self-care practices with community members who have less access to wellness.

Yoga Rising

Author: Melanie C. Klein
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
ISBN: 0738755931
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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. Praise: "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 "This book is full of stories of hope and resilience, which also reveal how our culture normalizes some bodies and marginalizes so many. If the practice of yoga is to be truly accessible to all, we must actively push against a system that harms so many. Yoga Rising is a book about how this is being done, and how we can all be a part of a movement that is truly diverse, inclusive, courageous, and loving."—Hala Khouri, MA, SEP, E-RYT, co-founder of Off the Mat, Into the World "This is a must-have yoga book! The collection of stories here tells the intimate truth about body-image, self-worth, practice, and creating space for each other and ourselves. The storytelling here is brave and it is honest. This is yoga at its most powerful."—Mariam Gates, bestselling author of Good Night Yoga, Good Morning Yoga "You will be changed by this book forever. The power and depth of these honest and vulnerable stories will make you see yoga, your body, and the world in a totally new way. It opened my heart and my eyes and left me moved, challenged, and inspired."—Sarah Harry, RYT, author of Fat Yoga and founder of Body Positive Australia "How many people steer clear of yoga class because they are afraid to look out of place, inflexible, inexperienced, or unattractive? I've certainly been on that list. Melanie Klein's new book heals the divide. I pray that it will open the door for all of us to enter class with pride, joy, vulnerability, and self-love."—Brian Leaf, author of The Teacher Appears "Yoga Rising is a must-read collection of essays for yoga teachers, practitioners, and all individuals and groups of people who are unsure if they "belong" to yoga. The compelling and beautifully honest narratives in this text illustrates the magic of the mind/body/sprit connection through deeply personal accounts."—Kerrie J. Kauer, PhD, instructor of gender, sexuality, and women's studies, University of Pittsburgh "Yoga Rising is a long-overdue celebration of what it means to be human and practice Yoga in the twenty-first century. The rich storytelling ignites the fire of self-discovery and has the potential to bring about positive change in the world!"—Brenda L. Feuerstein, author of The Yoga-Sutra from a Woman's Perspective "Yoga Rising beautifully shares interwoven, yet uniquely distinctive, stories from pioneers, change-agents, and inspirational people truly living their yoga practice in the world. As someone who practices yoga in a large body, I am endlessly thankful for those who light the way through their own story and spark others to step into their practice and truth, too."—Rachel Estapa, founder of More to Love "Healing one's body image can feel like a daunting task. But with Klein's Yoga Rising every eloquent story reminds us that we are not alone and through our shared love of yoga, we will rise."—Rebecca Scritchfield, RDN, EP-C, author of Body Kindness "Yoga Rising is a powerful call to action to share our stories, celebrate our bodies, and honor the dynamic dimensions of our lived experiences."—Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, RYT, founder of Chime Yoga Therapy and co-founder of The Body Kindness Project "Yoga Rising's curation of stories and experiences is not only inspiring, but also essential to understanding how, why, and for whom this practice works to heal and to bring wholeness."—Melody Moore, PhD, clinical psychologist and founder of Embody Love Movement

Yoga Beyond The Mat

Author: Alanna Kaivalya
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
ISBN: 0738749710
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While many people engage in asana, or posture practice, yoga’s true magic lies in its spiritual and psychological transformation. Yoga Beyond the Mat shows you how to develop a personal, holistic yoga lifestyle so you can achieve lasting and permanent transformation. Join Alanna Kaivalya as she explores a complete range of yoga practices, including: removing obstacles appreciating the present moment balancing the chakras healing childhood wounds creating your own rituals working with the hero’s journey transforming your archetypal energy Through ritual, Eastern meditation techniques, journaling, and other spiritual practices, this book provides techniques for allowing the ego to rest, giving modern day yogis what they have been missing—the realization of personal bliss.

Politics Of Masculinities

Author: Michael A. Messner
Publisher: AltaMira Press
ISBN: 0759117551
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Michael A. Messner provides a sociological framework to understand the responses of men to the changes, challenges, and crises in the social organization of gender. By examining not only what certain groups of men say about gender, but what they do, Messner helps to illuminate the various social movements engaged with the politics of masculinity. This book is an ideal introduction to the discussion of gender roles and masculinity.