Storytelling is a powerful way to examine how culture constructs beauty standards and upholds appearance privilege. In this episode, Kimberly Dark, author, yoga teacher, and retreat leader performs a reading of her poem about Marilyn Monroe and her mom teaching her how to smile like a woman down to the exact degree angle of the head tilt. Listen as I share how my decision to “reflect and retreat” helped me explore my relationship to my body, heal emotional wounds, and grow in my social justice work.
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Kimberly Dark is a writer, professor and raconteur, working to reveal the hidden architecture of everyday life one clever essay, poem, and story at a time. She uses humor, surprise and intimacy to help audiences discover their influences, and reclaim their power as social creators. Kimberly teaches in Sociology and Women’s Studies at CSU, San Marcos. She also teaches writing and theatre courses for Cal State Summer Arts.
Kimberly Dark has written award-winning plays, taught and performed for a wide range of audiences in various countries over the past two decades. Beloved by diverse audiences, Kimberly crosses boundaries to show how we must engage all the wisdom and verve we have to create the most compassionate, fair and inclusive world we can.
She offers inclusive yoga retreats for helping professionals and anyone interested in healing their relationship to their body through yoga and self-reflection.