As a self-described “social acupuncturist,” Emelia Symington Fedy isn’t afraid to needle into our deepest, darkest places. The Vancouver-based writer and actor has set her sights on the mash-up of yoga and self-help cultures in her latest “interactive yoga performance,” Through the Gaze of a Navel.… Read more
Lately I’ve been feeling a little disillusioned and skeptical about the ideals of diversity and inclusivity within yoga communities.
Not that I don’t think these are worthy ideals. As we have seen with the recent attacks on yoga for people of colour classes in Seattle, there is a need within yoga communities (and beyond) for spaces that are safe and enable access for people who don’t feel welcome in studio classes.… Read more
It’s not unusual to see yoga organizations and studios champion for a cause, raising funds with yoga marathons and endless rounds of sun salutations. The preferred causes in the yoga world tend to be related to food, animals, or women in developing countries, especially in connection with established global non-profit organizations.… Read more
Millions of North Americans suffer from disordered eating—compulsive or stress eating, and restricting—marked by obsessive food thoughts, guilt, and body-hatred. Lurching from overindulgence to deprivation, chronic dieters grasp at the latest diet fads.
Even more startling, up to 24 million Americans of all ages and genders suffer from eating disorders: binge eating disorder, anorexia, and bulimia—linked to depression, they have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.… Read more