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: your body is just not right. 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. After discovering the organization in 2014, she became a weekly volunteer and was thrilled to join the staff in September of 2016. She has a background in the arts and education and has worked consistently as an educator and administrator in summer camps and after school programs beginning in 2001. As a Chicago Public School seventh grade special ed teacher, Naomi found her passion for working with girls and body image, and from there she went on to run a K-8 after school program with Girls Inc. of Alameda County. A former actress, and current writer, artist, and yoga instructor, Naomi absolutely loves working at The Body Positive where she combines her passion for supporting youth with her love of the arts and connection with the body.

Naomi completed her 200 hour yoga certification in 2008 at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Camp in Quebec. She taught for six years at the Sivananda Yoga Center in Chicago, and has taught for the past three years at Leela Yoga in Alameda. She is a full-bodied instructor with knowledge of accommodations and modifications for large yoginis.

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

workshop date tba
Rudramandir center
830 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA
(wheelchair accessible)
$135 (includes art supplies)