Yoga Rising: 30 Empowering Stories From Yoga Renegades For Every Body by Melanie C. KleinYoga Rising: 30 Empowering Stories From Yoga Renegades For Every Body by Melanie C. Klein

Yoga Rising: 30 Empowering Stories From Yoga Renegades For Every Body

byMelanie C. Klein

Paperback | January 8, 2018

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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.


"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

Melanie Klein, MA, is a writer, speaker, and professor of Sociology and Women's Studies. She is a contributing author in 21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics and Practice and is featured in Conversations with Modern Yogis. She is the co-editor of Yoga and Body Image: 25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery + Loving Your Body, and co-...
Title:Yoga Rising: 30 Empowering Stories From Yoga Renegades For Every BodyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:January 8, 2018Publisher:Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.Language:English

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Table of Contents


Foreword by Dianne Bondy . . . xiii
Introduction . . . 1

Rediscover, Reconnect, and Repair: A Lifelong Commitment, by Lisa Diers . . . 9
Perfectionism and My Pathway to Yoga, by Pia Guerrero . . . 19
A Recovered Perfectionist, Robyn Baker . . . 27
Saying Good-Bye to the Inner Critic, by Dr. Melissa Mercedes . . . 37
Kriya Yoga-Living Yoga, by Jivana Heyman . . . 45
On Living Bold and Discovering Your Power, by Dr. Jenny Copeland . . . 53
Part 1 Moving Inward & Upward . . . 63

Finding the Right Fit: A Journey to Self-Acceptance, by Tiina Veer . . . 67
Sparkle Girl, Dr. Beth Berila . . . 77
The Expert Within, by Kimber Simpkins . . . 87
Evolving Addiction, Elena Brower . . . 97
Rebirth & Reconnection: My Journey with Cancer, by Dana Byerlee . . . 105
Dragons and Other Demons, by Jodi Strock . . . 113
Part 2 Moving Inward & Upward . . . 123

Take Up Space and Be Seen, by Gwen Soffer . . . 129
Learning to Love the Whole, by Jacoby Ballard . . . 137
Instagram, Yoga, and Learning to Love My Big, Black Body, by Jessamyn Stanley . . . 145
Whose Yoga Is It Anyway?: An Indian American's Adventures in YogaLand, by Lakshmi Nair . . . 153
The Rapunzel Game, Dr. Sabrina Strings . . . 163
So We Can Breathe, by Chanelle John . . . 171
Part 3 Moving Inward & Upward . . . 179

Yoga and the Pre-Baby Body, by Suzannah Neufeld . . . 183
Never the Perfect Body, by Dana A. Smith . . . 193
How I (Didn't) Get a Yoga Body in 21 Days, by Roseanna Harvey . . . 201
Privilege Makes the World Go Round, by Lauren Eckstrom . . . 211
Focusing on Ability in Dis-Ability of Yoga, by Elizabeth Wojtowicz . . . 219
Part 4 Moving Inward & Upward . . . 227

Finding Refuge on the Yoga Mat: How Modern Practitioners Need to Say No to Our Culture and Yes to Ourselves, by Dr. Judith Hanson Lasater . . . 231
#Selfie@Sixty, by Cyndi Lee . . . 241
Combating Weapons of Mass Perfection, by Sarit Z Rogers . . . 255
Yoga Girl: Living Authentically in the Social Media World, an Interview with Rachel Brathen, by Melanie Klein . . . 265
From Body Issues to Bodyful, by Pranidhi Varshney . . . 275
Finding My Yoga Home, by Zubin Shroff . . . 283
Lessons Learned, Lessons Taught, by Dr. Gail Parker . . . 291
Part 5 Moving Inward & Upward . . . 301

Conclusion . . . 303
Resources . . . 307
Acknowledgments . . . 317