SEPTEMBER: BODY WORK
a workshop and panel discussion on imagining body-inclusivity in wellness
In September, we got together for a workshop and panel on imagining body-inclusivity in wellness at the JCC Harlem.
We began the day with a yoga class, taught by “curvy yogi” Angela Dawn. Angela led us through a refreshing and energizing flow, with modifications for all bodies, centering larger bodies. As Angela pointed out at the beginning of the class, most yoga classes treat thin bodies as the norm, so we were interested in disrupting and offering an alternative to that norm.
Our panelists for BODY WORK hailed from a variety of professions and backgrounds. We heard from ultra-runner and trained chef, Latoya Shauntay Snell; feminist educator and body image expert Melissa Fabello; cyclist and mental health warrior Kristina Rodriguez; and writer, video producer, nude art model, and body image activist Laura Delarato! Our panel was moderated by Body Politic team-member and JCC program manager Sabrina Bleich, who shared her own stories of navigating body image and fitness. Our panelists were amazing - vulnerable, honest, funny, and incredibly inspiring. We feel so lucky to have spent the day with them!