Yoga and Beyond Podcast #37 Exposing Yoga Myths Part 3 Google+



Podcast #37 – Exposing Yoga Myths (part 3)

MelandKimeMel, Kim (SMARTer Bodies cofounders) and I talk about the myth that doing yoga gives you long and lean muscles and a Vogue article about foam rolling that Tony Gentilcore busted up. We touch on body image/body shame, eating disorders, women in sports and dance, Ronda Rousey, Serena Williams, Misty Copeland and Mel channels Rage Against the Machine.

Listen to Part 1 of Exposing Yoga Myths here.

Listen to part 2 of Exposing Yoga Myths here.

Co-owners of SMARTer Bodies™, Kim-Lien Kendall and Melissa Gutierrez have collaborated for more than 5 years to help their clients move better and improve their quality of life. Together they transcend the fitness and yoga industries’ quick fixes and trends to create a meaningful and lasting system that truly helps people attain their goals.

Exposing Yoga MythsOur ebook is available now for pre-sale for only $3.99 (50% off) until tomorrow, Thursday October 15th 2015.
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Conversation Highlights:

  • Doing yoga gives you long lean muscles. That is a lie.
  • Tony Gentilcore rips a Vogue article a new one. The article claimed that foam rolling can make you long and lean. ha
  • More than anything genetics determines body type.
  • A lot of people still buy into this is because a lot of yoga teachers are “long and lean”. why is that? because that’s who people tend to hire.
  • Kim has gone to auditions and been told that she doesn’t fit the body type of what they’re looking for. She’s been told she’s too fat, too muscular.
  • Positive role models of strong women in sports and dance: Ronda Rousey, Serena Williams, Misty Copeland.
  • The cleanse and juice trends that yoga studios adopt.
  • Cleansing as a socially approved eating disorder. No one is going to call you out on how weird that is because everyone is doing it.
  • Yoga and weight loss. It bothers us that this practice that is supposed to remove ego then it’s completely failed. It’s disillusioning.
  • Some studios put on airs of cultivating a judgement free zone when in reality it isn’t.
  • Yoga should not be sold as a way to sculpt the body. “updog for a beautiful back”. “sculpt your shoulders with Chatturanga.” “
  • Yoga Selfies and why we don’t use them.
  • The role of the consumer in all this. We need to stop falling for hype that plays on our weaknesses. We as consumers need to be more responsible and aware.
  • Cue Rage Against the Machine.

Related Links:

SMARTer Bodies Website

Tony Gentilcore’s Article: Hey Vogue Magazine Thanks For Setting Women’s Fitness Back A Few Decades!


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4 Responses to Podcast #37 – Exposing Yoga Myths (part 3)

  1. Rachel October 18, 2015 at 1:08 AM #

    What a refreshing podcast to listen to! I enjoyed all 3 parts, especially the last two. There were times I laughed out loud. It is so nice to experience validation, to hear others question “nutritional advice” that’s based on pseudo-science. Thank you! I look forward to reading the book 🙂

    • admin October 18, 2015 at 9:24 AM #

      Thank you Rachel! hope you enjoy the book too!

  2. HappyLuckyAlix February 18, 2016 at 8:50 AM #

    Just found your podcast. Wanted to thank you, Mel and Kim for the immense good sense, wisdom and honourable responsibility in the Exposing Yoga Myths episodes. Such intelligent content. Here in the UK we’re a bit behind the US in terms of the Big Yoga Machine, and it’s so good to hear yoga teachers questioning the cultural misappropriation and the BS around pain and injury. I loved the WAWADIA project and your voices are incredibly welcome in a yoga world with a lot of dangerous nonsense spoken. I’m also appalled by a lot of what I see on Instagram: so-called yoga teachers in insanely advanced postures and issuing ‘challenges’. Will buy the book right now! Excellent work – thanks so much.
    Alix – in London, UK

    • admin February 22, 2016 at 12:20 AM #

      Alix, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. It fuels us and keeps us going when we hear that our work is having a positive impact. We hope you find the book useful and please let us know what you think of it. all the best, Ariana

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