Podcast Themes: Movement
Podcast 152: Changing the Value Systems in Yoga with Janessa Mondestin, Yoga Therapist and Director of Culture, Yoga International
Janessa Mondestin wants to see radical change in the way yoga and wellness spaces operate. She wants people to talk about White Supremacy within the systems and she wants people at all levels to do the work.
In Part 2 of White Supremacy in Yoga series, we discuss the harms and the fixes, including what you can do as a yoga teacher, teacher trainer, student, or person who cares about anti-racism work. This includes reading books, having conversations, and taking meaningful actions.
Air Date: July 2020
Podcast 151: White Supremacy of Yoga with Sabrina Strings PhD, Author of Fearing the Black Body
Join me in conversation with Dr. Sabrina Strings, author of Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia. She also is a certified yoga teacher and advocate for inclusivity in yoga. We discuss our experiences with yoga and hope for systemic change.
Air Date: June 2020
Podcast 139: How to experience the joy of movement and the power of moving in community with Kelly McGonigal PhD
Movement gives us access to the best of ourselves and it has nothing to do with weight or abilities regardless of what the “fitness culture” says, it’s science! Stanford Professor Kelly McGonigal PhD and author of The Joy of Movement is my guest and she has insight to help you reclaim movement.
Air Date: January 2020
Podcast 136: Listener Q&A – Can I learn to like exercise? How do I address co-workers food shame?
Bernie and I are back with another special episode of Learn and Grow where we answer questions from people who are reading and listening to Body Kindness.
In this episode, Bernie Salazar and I respond to two listener questions. Paula says she hates to exercise and though she wants to get moving, she feels “stuck” because her most enjoyable activities are performed in a chair or cozy sofa. We help her think through options without judgment or shame.
Air Date: December 2019
Podcast 121: How We Feel About the Nike Fat Mannequin with Bernie Salazar and Ragen Chastain
Bernie Salazar, former NBC Biggest Loser “winner” and frequent guest for my series Learn and Grow, joins me to rant on the Nike Fat Mannequin debacle. We love the mannequin and want to see more size diversity in fitness culture. Plus, we revisit my interview with “fan favorite” Ragen Chastain. Ragen will help inspire you to reframe exercise in your life away from body shame and weight loss goals – at any size!
Air Date: June 2019
Episode 71: Athletes at Every Size and The Plight of the “Fit Fatty” with Ragen Chastain, Guinness World Record Holder, Speaker, and Fat Activist
Get the inside details of what it takes to certify a Guinness World Record from Ragen Chastain, a speaker, writer, and Certified Health Coach. Ragen is the heaviest female to complete a marathon. She is healthy. She is fit. She is fat. In this podcast Ragen will help inspire you to reframe exercise in your life away from body shame and weight loss goals — at any size! Tune in to learn some of the unspoken ways we are excluding higher weight people from movement as a society and how we can change.
Air Date: February 2018
Episode 68: The RBG Workout with Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Trainer Bryant Johnson
Don’t miss our fun interview with Bryant Johnson, a trainer I wholeheartedly recommend because he works with the Justice of my dreams, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Bryant’s new book RBG Workout is a handy tool for people who want practical, easy-to-follow movements and no-nonsense advice for strength, flexibility, and mindset for consistent movement.
Air Date: February 2018
Episode 48: Heal Your Body Image with a Connection-Based Yoga Practice, with Melanie Klein
One day Melanie Klein said “I am no longer going to the gym,” and it was one of the best decisions she could have made for her health. Melanie used to believe that something was wrong with her body and no amount of running or gym visits made that better. Then she tried yoga and learned how to love herself, inside and out. Now she wants to help you to see the beautiful potential of yoga to CONNECT you to your body, build self-compassion, and body kindness.
Listen to us discuss our personal experiences with exercise and how yoga helped us reframe the purpose and value of movement in our lives, essentially “deprogramming ourselves” by opting out of diet culture’s negative messages — from calorie counting to body comparisons, and self-judgments.
Air Date: September 2017
Episode 47: The Perfect Body For Movement… Is YOURS, with Anna Guest-Jelly of Curvy Yoga
Anna Guest-Jelly has connected yoga to many people who would have otherwise found yoga to be “not for them” because a crucial need was not met — the instructors were not teaching for all sizes. Anna is a she-ro of mine because she saw a problem and addressed it. BOOM! Curvy Yoga was born!
Air Date: September 2017
Podcast 28: Yoga is for Every Body, with Jessamyn Stanley, author of Every Body Yoga
Jessamyn Stanley tried to avoid falling in love with yoga several times in her life, but the universe had another plan for her. Now Jessamyn travels the world helping to shatter stereotypes of modern yoga (a physical exercise for thin, white women with money) by making yoga accessible for all bodies, all skill levels, and elevating yoga to a practice you do even when you’re not practicing.
Beyond the conversation that yoga is indeed for every body, we also discussed how yoga helped her grow after being bullied in high school, helped her deal with depression, and heal her relationship with food and her body.
Air Date: April 2017
Podcast 2 – Learn & Grow Part 2 – Extreme Exercise is Unnecessary
In the second episode Bernie and I process his unhealthy experience with exercise as a contestant on The Biggest Loser. Tune in to hear an honest conversation about why extreme exercise is unnecessary. If you’re new to Body Kindness and would like help in finding that point where better mind-body health intersect, this is it.
Air Date: January 2016