In this episode of the Balance Movers and Shakers podcast, Ellen interviews Melanie C. Klein, cofounder of Yoga and Body Image Coalition and empowerment coach. Ellen and Melanie discuss how body image and exercise culture inform movement practices, creating a barrier to accessibility. Melanie discusses how body acceptance and exercise culture have permeated the modern yoga class, and what can be done to reframe the narrative. She also shares how she cofounded the Yoga and Body Image Coalition, and the need for representation in yoga imagery. This is the sixth episode of the Balance Movers and Shakers podcast, a podcast which captures perspectives and inspiring anecdotes from movers and shakers: yoga, dance and movement practitioners.
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Melanie C. Klein, M.A., is an empowerment coach, thought leader and influencer in the areas of body confidence, authentic empowerment, and visibility. Attributing yoga and feminism as her two primary influences, Melanie has been in the business of empowering women since 1994. With over 20 years experience and notable credits including advising the Santa Monica College Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, working closely with Global Girl Media and running the LA chapter of Women, Action and the Media; she has dedicated her passion, knowledge and coaching skillset to the empowerment of innumerable women through increasing confidence, self-esteem, worth and value. She co-founded the Yoga and Body Image Coalition in 2014 and is the co-founder of The Joy Revolution.
She has also authored several books including co-editor of Yoga and Body Image: 25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery + Loving Your Body (Llewellyn, 2014) with Anna Guest-Jelley, a contributor in 21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics and Practice (Horton & Harvey, 2012), is featured in Conversations with Modern Yogis (Shroff, 2014), a featured writer in Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Mindful Living (Llewellyn, 2016), co-editor of Yoga, the Body and Embodied Social Change: An Intersectional Feminist Analysis with Dr. Beth Berila and Dr. Chelsea Jackson Roberts (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016), Yoga Rising: 30 Empowering Stories from Yoga Renegades for Every Body (Llewellyn, 2018) and the co-editor of the new forthcoming anthology, Embodied Resilience through Yoga (Llwelleyn, 2020). Find more information about Melanie and her works at https://www.melaniecklein.com/