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Only One In The Room

Laura Cathcart Robbins



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Dianne Bondy Is The Only One Redefining Yoga For The Rest Of Us

Dianne Bondy is a social justice activist, author, accessible yoga teacher, and the leader of the Yoga For All Movement. Her inclusive approach to yoga empowers anyone to practice—regardless of their shape, size, ethnicity, or level of ability. Dianne’s commitment to increasing diversity in yoga has been recognized in her work with Pennington’s, Gaiam, and the Yoga & Body Image Coalition, as well as in speaking engagements at Princeton, Duke, University of Buffalo and UC Berkeley on Yoga, Race, and Diversity. Dianne is the author of the international best-selling book Yoga for Everyone.   Dianne opens the show by telling Laura about the time she went to a yoga class and had the staff making judgements about her based on her body type. This led Dianne to decide and open her own judgement-free yoga practice that focused on inclusiveness.   Dianne discusses her experience dealing with body image as a child. This included her parents pushing her to diet and exercise at a young age, which led to an eating disorder by age 12. After dealing with starvation, binging, and purging on a regular basis, Dianne realized that people will always find something about you to pick on, and she discovered the need to draw boundaries in life and not always focus on people pleasing. After being told by her doctors that she needed to gain weight in order to get pregnant, she had her son which became the catalyst for overcoming her eating disorder.    Laura and Dianne then have a conversation about Ozempic and seeing food as more than just fuel for your body. Dianne talks about hosting events and realizing that sometimes a pivot is needed, and as long as there’s honesty and transparency in your intention then people will find it if it’s truly for them.   Before they wrap, Dianne talks about her current relationship with her mother, and how she’s always on some kind of diet. She also tells Laura about planning a trip to Napa in the near future.   For More on Dianne: Email_ Website_ IG_ @diannebondyyogaofficial FB_ @DianneBondyYogaOfficial/ YouTube_ DianneBondyYoga Become a supporter of this podcast:

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