Episode 226: Body positivity as a practice with Amber Karnes

Amber Karnes — the founder of Body Positive Yoga and the co-creator of the Accessible Yoga Training — is my guest this week! Amber shares her story of how yoga has helped her change her relationship to her body, from one that was punitive to one that’s more accepting and present. Amber offers so much insight and guidance in this conversation including:

– How body positivity is not a linear path with an endpoint — it’s closer to recovering from addiction in that you are always in recovery

– Resources for a “weight neutral” approach to health

– The fatphobia that we may be complicit in when we bash our own bodies

– Why behaviors are more important than body size

– The vital question to ask ourselves every time we consume media

– The importance of doing body positive work while you are in community

I’m so grateful to Amber for sharing the years of research and work she’s done in this space.



Accessible Yoga Training courses

Episode 176: Making Yoga More Accessible with Jivana Heyman

Health at Every Size (The Surprising Truth about Your Weight) by Linda Bacon

Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, and Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight by Linda Bacon

Body Respect

Fat Girls in Black Bodies: Creating Communities of Our Own by Joy Arlene Renee Cox

Dances With Fat blog


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1 Comment

  1. I have never commented on a post or podcast of yours or Jason’s before…not that I haven’t enjoyed and learned from them, I have! I love your podcast Andrea, you are intelligent and warm and keep me coming back for more, thank you. As a yoga teacher I have learned many tools to use in my classes and practice.
    I feel compelled to comment on your podcast with Amber Karnes. Ambers interview brought up so many ah-ha’s, questions, and things that really resonated with me. You were correct Andrea, in assuming that most women would relate to this podcast. It has hit me in this time of my life, (40’s) with a teenage daughter, hard. I want to thank you and Andrea for this powerful podcast and make this promise to you and myself that I will continue to educate myself on this issue. Thank you for your work xo


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