When it comes to sensitive and political issues such as body image and disordered eating, what kind of responsibility do high profile yoga teachers have? This question was on my mind as I listened to this interview with yogi model Kathryn Budig.
At first, I was excited to get an insight into Budig’s experience modeling for the infamous ToeSox campaign. However, I was disappointed to hear the same old discussion around what a “special and unique opportunity” it was to model and “inspire” other people’s practice.
Then Budig talked about her changing body image after a shoulder injury limited her asana practice, revealing that she felt she should have starved herself before her latest session with photographer Jasper Johal. Apparently, a shoulder injury and falling in love are a “recipe for getting really freakin’ curvy.”
Depending on how you define “curvy.” A quick look at Budig’s Facebook page doesn’t give us much insight into how she’s made peace with her newly developed curves.
Listen to the interview yourself and tell us what you think. Is it a step forward for size-positive yoga that promotes acceptance of all bodies? Or is it a missed opportunity for expanding the dialogue around the complexities of yoga practice and body image?