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[This episode is part of the Health and Wellness Changemakers Series, our collaboration with Shohreh Davoodi's Redefining Health and Wellness Podcast. This post is cross-posted from Shohreh's website.]
Yoga has the potential to be a healing movement and mindset practice for all if taught in an intentional and inclusive way. But when it’s practiced in a way that centers only one type of body and minimizes others, it can do more harm than good.
Thankfully, there are fantastic yoga teachers and teacher trainers in the world like Amber Karnes who are committed to tearing down hierarchy and building a culture of consent in yoga and beyond. In this episode, Amber and Shohreh chat about ways to achieve this and why it matters.
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Amber Karnes is the founder of Body Positive Yoga and the co-creator of Yoga For All Teacher Training. She’s a ruckus maker, yoga teacher, social justice advocate, and a lifelong student of her body. Amber trains yoga teachers and studio owners how to create accessible and equitable spaces for wellness and liberation. She also coaches human beings who want to build unshakable confidence and learn to live without shame or apology in the bodies they have today. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with her husband Jimmy and their Boston terrier, Garnet. You can find Amber on her website, Instagram, and Facebook.
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