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Thirteen Contributors. Thirteen Days. 39 Unique Tips for "How to Stay GOOD with Your Body."
Hey there, brilliant human! The Adore Your Body Telesummit is BACK, and this year we have more contributors, with more diversity represented. I’m so glad for this! Body positivity is for everyone of every sex, gender, race, nationality, age, religion, ability. It’s been harder than you might imagine to track people down to talk, and the people here generously told their stories for your benefit. Sign up!
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Do you struggle with body image confidence? You are not alone. Pretty much everyone does, in some way or another! This telesummit is for you. People from the world of yoga share the ways that the yoga practice has helped them overcome their challenges with body image.
Regardless of size, people all face the same root problems as others. Our concept of ourselves can warped early on, but we have a chance to reshape our view of ourselves .Realization from Listener, 2015 Adore Your Body Telesummit
You can be confident and beautiful in a body of any size. You don't have to wait to be thinner to live a full wonderful life.Realization from Listener, 2015 Adore Your Body Telesummit
I know you might have some questions about the event that you'd like answered before you sign up. Here are some Qs and their As.
I'm new to this kind of an event: what the heck is a telesummit???
A telesummit is an online educational event, where you can get information through expert lectures or interviews held over the phone or internet. Easily accessed, when you want. You could listen in, clad in your PJs!
Soooooo....what happens once I sign up?
You will be directed to a "thank you" page, and will get your first interview right away! Thereafter, you'll receive ONE email a day, for eleven days, with each email containing a link to the featured interview. It's like a daily multivitamin, except you'll be accessing body confidence wisdom.
What exactly is the Adore Your Body Telesummit about?
The Adore Your Body Telesummit is about fostering body image positivity and confidence through sharing stories about body image struggle, and techniques for changing the way we think about our bodies. Each contributor will reveal their top 3 best practices for staying in an affectionate relationship with the body. That's 39 unique tips!
Is there a cost for the event?
Nope! It is my labor of love, for you...
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Seane Corn is an internationally celebrated yoga teacher known for her impassioned activism, unique self-expression, and inspirational style of teaching. Featured in commercials, magazines, NPR, and Oprah.com, Seane now utilizes her national platform to bring awareness to global humanitarian issues. In 2005, she was named “National Yoga Ambassador” for YouthAIDS, and in 2013 was given the “Global Green International Environmental Leadership Award.” Since 2007, she has been training leaders of activism through her co-founded organization Off the Mat, Into the World®. Seane has spent time in the US, India, Cambodia, Haiti and Africa working with communities in need- teaching yoga, providing support for child labor and educating people about HIV/AIDS prevention. Seane is also co-founder of the Seva Challenge Humanitarian Tours, which have raised roughly $4.5 million since 2007, getting the yoga community involved in fund and awareness raising efforts across the globe. Her self-authored dvds are available through Gaiam and Yoga Journal, as well as her most recent ground-breaking 3-dvd set “The Yoga of Awakening” through Sounds True. She is currently working on her first book. www.seanecorn.com
Erica Mather, M.A. HHC, E-RYT, author, speaker, yoga professional, is your Hostess for the Adore Your Body Telesummit, the creator of the Adore Your Body Signature System for body image positivity, and the Yoga Clinic NYC, a hub for medical practitioners and injured clients to connect with the best structural-functional yoga healers in New York City. In 2009 she was selected by her teacher, Ana Forrest, to become a "Guardian"--a senior teacher who mentors and coaches other teachers in the Forrest Yoga lineage. In this role, she takes students and teachers through transformational experiences over the course of a weekend, or a year. She is an active member of the Yoga & Body Image Coalition. Erica holds an M.A. from Columbia University and degrees in Music Theory and Music Education from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is a lifelong teacher, and a student of learning and teaching. She is a creator of curriculum, and of methods that will help her students to enjoy success.www.ericamather.com & www.stuffilearnedatyoga.com
Jessamyn Stanley is a North Carolina based, yoga teacher, body positivity advocate, and writer. Her eponymous yoga lifestyle online platforms attract thousands of followers daily, and she regularly contributes to a number of esteemed print and online publications. Jessamyn has been recognized and featured by a wide range of international and national media outlets, including Good Morning America, Al Jazeera English, New York magazine, and The Huffington Post.
Michael Hayes, the proud owner of a “Buddha body,” has more than 20 years experience teaching and has studied extensively in the following traditions: Iyengar Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Thai Yoga, Om Vinyasa Yoga and Yoga Anatomy. In addition, Michael has traveled regularly to Thailand to study with master teachers. At his New York City yoga studio, www.buddhabodyyoganyc.com he studies the larger body, and crafts a class that is accessible to all.
I am passionate about helping others discover their own unique gifts and supporting them in believing in themselves so they can live their best life on this wild ride!
I have had the greatest of fortunes to have been given the privilege of teaching Yoga for more than 20 years and feel blessed with its immeasurable gifts every sacred day!
I bow in great respect and gratitude to my many fantastic Yoga teachers, Ana T. Forrest, Robin Rothenberg, Shiva Rea, Colette Crawford, and my Forrest Yoga family and tribe for all of their love, support, laughter and encouragement. Along with my beloved family, friends, and students they have cheered me on so that I can RISE UP, spread my wings, and fly!
Kathryn Budig is an internationally celebrated yoga teacher and author known for her accessibility, humor, and ability to empower her students through her message, “aim true.” She is a warrior for self-acceptance, honesty, and helping her students and readers find true balance. The Kansas native graduated from the University of Virginia with a double degree in English and Drama before moving to Los Angeles, where she trained under the tutelage of Maty Ezraty and Chuck Miller. With over a decade of experience in her field, she served as the yoga contributor to Women’s Health magazine for 5 years, writes weekly for Yoga Journal, and served on the Yahoo! Health advisory board as well as contributing regular recipes. She’s a sponsored athlete in Under Armour’s “I WILL WHAT I WANT” campaign, and the founder of her animal project, Poses for Paws. She is the creator of the Aim True Yoga DVD produced by Gaiam, author of The Women’s Health Big Book of Yoga, and her second book, Aim True, through William Morrow; an imprint of Harper Collins. You can practice with Kathryn weekly online at Yogaglo.com
Dr. Melody Moore
Melody Moore, Ph.D., RYT is a licensed Clinical Psychologist, yoga teacher, writer, and social entrepreneur. She is the founder of the Embody Love Movement, a non-profit whose mission is to empower girls and women to celebrate their inner beauty, commit to kindness, and contribute to meaningful change in the world. She is an internationally sought after speaker, trainer, and facilitator and serves as faculty or contributor to Off the Mat, Into the World, World Muse, TriDelta, National Eating Disorders Association, and the Yoga and Body Image Coalition.
Shannon Algeo was named one of the “Nicest Instructors in New York City” by RateYourBurn.com for his work as a yoga teacher and his coaching intuition has been called a “gift to the wellbeing community.” As an international retreat leader and dynamic spiritual life coach, Shannon helps thousands of people around the globe tune into their life’s purpose and activate transformative career and personal growth. As the host of the iTunes ’Top Podcast,' he features interviews with leaders like Marianne Williamson, Deepak Chopra, Seane Corn, Caroline Myss, Gabby Bernstein, and more to spread spiritual personal growth to a new generation. Shannon has led corporate meditations and wellness programs for companies like Bono’s global non-profit (RED) and the successful startup app Handy. Shannon is a brand ambassador for The Travel Yogi by Gaiam and as a speaker, he leads workshops and talks for Lululemon Athletica and the Wanderlust Festival.
There is a much larger audience that is having discussions around body image than I previously thought. Lets keep talking!Realization from Listener, 2015 Adore Your Body Telesummit
Hearing that these bendy supple young and beautiful women, who I look up to, are just as fucked up about their body image as I am... I am not alone in my suffering from chronic dieting and body shame!Realization from Listener, 2015 Adore Your Body Telesummit
These contributors sound pretty inspiring, right? And, they have body image challenges, Just. Like. You. Sign up and hear their widsom!
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Cyndi Lee is the first female Western yoga teacher to fully integrate yoga asana and Tibetan Buddhism in her practice and teaching. Founder of NYC’s OM yoga Center (1998-2012), she teaches worldwide and at her home studio, Yoga Goodness Studio in Lynchburg, VA. Author of the yoga classic, Yoga Body Buddha Mind and critically acclaimed May I Be Happy, a memoir about body image and meditation, she also writes for Yoga Journal, Real Simple, Lion’s Roar, Yoga International and more. Cyndi holds an MFA in Dance from UC Irvine, is a long time student of Gelek Rimpoche and is training to be a Zen Buddhist Chaplain under the auspices of Roshi Joan Halifax.
Melanie Klein, M.A., is a writer, speaker, and Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at Santa Monica College.She is the co-editor of Yoga and Body Image: 25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery and 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 inLlewellyn's Complete Book of Mindful Living (Llwellyn, 2016) and co-editor of the forthcoming anthology, Yoga & the Body: An Intersectional Analysis of Contemporary Body Politics, Mindfulness & Embodied Social Change with Dr. Beth Berila and Dr. Chelsea Jackson Roberts (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016).
Teo Drake is a spiritual activist, an educator, a practicing Buddhist and yogi, and an artisan who works in wood and steel. A blue collar, queer-identified trans man living with AIDS, Teo’s activism exists at the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, class, ability, and spirituality. He is affiliated with Off the Mat, Into the World and Transgender Law Center’s project Positively Trans. His writing appears in the anthology Yoga and Body Image and at the blog www.rootsgrowthetree.com.
Valerie Sagun aka Big Gal Yoga is a yoga practitioner, installation artist, ceramicist, radical self love enthusiast, and body positive encourager based in the SF Bay Area from San Jose, CA. She started college at San Jose State University in 2005 and graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spatial Arts. There she focused on the hands on mediums of art like ceramics, glass, metals, woodwork, and installation art. Then finished her degree with a BFA show installation of small ceramic sculptures and found plastic ocean garbage from the beaches of the SF Bay Area. During her time she took her first yoga class in 2010 where she practiced hatha yoga with yogi Lawrence Caughlan. He gave her a positive view on practicing yoga, believing that as long as you have the determination, motivation, and patience anyone can practice yoga. In January 2016 Valerie attended a Hatha Yoga immersion yoga teacher training at the Seven Centers Yoga Arts Center in Sedona, Arizona. Valerie's yoga practice is about learning to love yourself physically and mentally through yoga. Learning to listen to your body, to know when to push it and when to protect it.
Chelsea Roff is the Founder and Director of Eat Breathe Thrive™, a non-profit organization that prevents and helps individuals overcome disordered eating and negative body image. An internationally recognized author, speaker, and yoga teacher, Chelsea has spent the past seven years pioneering integrative programs for people with mental health challenges.
Dr. Karen Samuels
Karen Samuels, Ph.D, psychologist, Ormond Beach, FL., Founder/Director of COPE: Community Outreach to Prevent Eating Disorders. She serves as consultant, Family Residency Program, Halifax Medical Center, & affiliate, Jean Baker Miller Training Institute, Wellesley Centers for Women. A lifelong practicing yogi, she is a Guide & psychologist at www.OneOeight.com serving to provide education, outreach and guidance in seeking treatment for the continuum of disordered eating, body image disturbance and utilizing yoga as an adjunct for treatment. She developed middle school outreach media literacy programs, trains physicians in interprofessional ED teams and conducts ED group therapy with midlife women. She has published, speaks, blogs, tweets and posts as a specialist in the field of Eating Disorders. Dr. Samuels received the 2014 NEDA Westin Family Award for Activism and Advocacy.
So many other women suffer from the same things I do and even though some have gone farther in their journey's, they still have bad days. And it's okay!Realization from Listener, 2015 Adore Your Body Telesummit
You can choose what information to take in to shift your perception of your relationship to your body...reprogram your brain!Realization from Listener, 2015 Adore Your Body Telesummit
I realized that no matter someone's shape, size, or status, us women always find a way to dedicate an extraordinary amount of time obsessing over bodies and too less time focusing on meaningful work that can advance our gender forward. This obsession is our ball and chain.Realization from Listener, 2015 Adore Your Body Telesummit
Your summit served as a great introduction to a different way of thinking and approaching healthy eating and exercise. I didn't even realize how stuck in diet mentality I was (and still am). I am heartened by this introduction to such a community of honest, beautiful (inside and out), outspoken women. I am inspired. In my challenging moments I have been looking back to the notes I took to give my self renewed focus , strength, and comfort. Thank you!Realization from Listener, 2015 Adore Your Body Telesummit
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