Balance Movers and Shakers Podcast Episode 6- Interview with Melanie C. Klein, Yoga and Body Image Coalition

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/

Balance Movers and Shakers Podcast Episode 3- Interview with Melanie Holst-Collins

Ellen interviews Melanie Holst-Collins, founder of Grow Your Love Space. Melanie is healer and facilitator of ‘sacred spaces’ using yoga to create safe, inclusive experiences for women and people of color both on and off the mat. 

During this interview Melanie and Ellen discuss the dynamics of modern yoga classes, including racial diversity, healing experiences for women, and what it means to embrace yourself as a “full ass human”. Click here to find more info about Grow Your Love Space 

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Balance Movers and Shakers Podcast Episode 2- Interview with Jennifer Kreatsoulas

Ellen interviews Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, e-RYT-500, C-IAYT and founder of Yoga for Eating Disorders. Jennifer is a Mover and Shaker who is creating safe spaces as a yoga therapist for individuals who are recovering from eating disorders. Jennifer’s book Body Mindful Yoga explores the powerful relationship between words and body image. 

In this episode, Ellen and Jennifer Kreatsoulas discuss the application of yoga therapy in the recovery process for eating disorders, how language and movement can be transformed to provide healing, and how the yoga industry is adapting to provide safe spaces for healing movement. Click here to find information about Jennifer Kreatsoulas, Yoga for Eating Disorders

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