Yoga, Body Image and the Slow Satisfaction of Compassionate Defiance

By
Kristine Kaoverii Weber, MA, C-IAYT, eRYT500, YACEP
Woman practicing yoga meditation with eyes closed.

About 15 years ago, a thin, athletic woman I’ll call Kelly came to a few of my Tuesday morning classes. She’d show up in her workout clothes, sweaty, with a cup of coffee in her hand, which she’d sip standing up until I started the class.

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