The new book Yoga and Body Image features twenty-five essays about yoga's transformative power, written by well-known yogis (including Alanis Morissette, Seane Corn, Bryan Kest, and twenty-two others). Here, the book's collaborators Melanie Klein and Anna Guest-Jelley talk about why the book—and yoga itself—is so powerful.
Trade Paperback | $17.99 US, $20.95 CAN | 9780738739823 | October 2014
In this remarkable, first-of-its-kind book, twenty-five contributors—including musician Alanis Morissette, celebrity yoga instructor Seane Corn, and New York Times bestselling author Dr. Sara... Read more
was just talking to my cousin and bestie Emily about this whole mirror/makeup fast thing. You know, where bloggers or writers forgo looking in the mirror for a month or a year (see Autumn Whitefield-Madrano and Kjerstin Gruys) or give up make-up and hide their hair in a cap (see Lauren Shields) and then share their findings with the world. Em and I were relieved to discover that we both feel uncomfortable about all this. Not that we feel weird about the fact that these women wanted to do that (because, of course, to each her own), but that we feel weird that they are holding it up as behavior to be emulated, and then basically being praised in the media as cultural heroes.
But, you may be thinking, what's the big deal? Well, let me explain.