You understand that people of all sizes struggle with body image. But do you ever find yourself thinking that it just doesn’t seem like it’s the same struggle for thin people as it is for you?

You hear it from your family, the media, your friends, and your doctors: they see your body as a problem. Whether they are expressing concern, complaining about their own much smaller bodies, or outright criticizing you, these messages make it extremely difficult to care for your body from a place of love.

Join Director of Programs and Communications for The Body Positive, Naomi Finkelstein, for a day of community, conversation, art, yoga, and self-love. We will start the day uncovering the messages that we have received throughout our lives about our bodies, and learn a powerful self-love tool. We’ll end the day with an art project to celebrate our beauty, and a gentle, embodied yoga practice.

Topics of conversation will include: dealing with pressure to lose weight from families and doctors, embracing a weight neutral approach to health, experiences with weight bigotry, and challenges in finding ways to move for pleasure and wellbeing rather than weight loss, chronic pain and illness, and how our body size intersects with all of our other identities.

NOTE: it can be difficult for some of us to know whether we qualify as “living in a large body.” We welcome anyone who identifies with this label. Seated yoga practitioners are welcome and the space is wheelchair accessible.

Your Instructor

Naomi Finkelstein is the Director of Programs and Communications at The Body Positive. She has been an artist since she was a child, a yoga practitioner since she was a teenager, and an educator since 2005. Naomi began to incorporate The Be Body Positive Model into her life in 2014 and has delighted in finding ways to marry the five Competencies of the Model with her art and yoga practices over the last several years. She completed her 200-hour yoga certification in 2008 at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Camp in Quebec and taught in Chicago for six years before moving to California in 2014. She currently teaches at Leela Yoga in Alameda, as is a full-bodied instructor with knowledge of accommodations and modifications for yoga practitioners in large bodies. Naomi absolutely loves working at The Body Positive, where she combines her passion for supporting people with her love of the arts and connection with the body.

You can see some of her artwork on Etsy under UniqueBeautyDesigns (and as the background of this web page!)

october 14, 2018
Leela Yoga Studio
1708 Lincoln Ave
alameda, CA 94501
(wheelchair accessible)
$135 (includes art supplies)
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20 PEOPLE so register soon to save your space!