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It's Not About Me

Dianne Bondy and Alicia Higgison

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Join Dianne and Alicia as we talk about Politics, Feminism, Race, Culture and Motherhood at the intersection of mindfulness and yoga. It is not about me it's about us is aimed at challenging the way we think and how our practices of truth, self-study and connection changes the worldDianne Bondy is a celebrated yoga teacher, social justice activist and leading voice of the Yoga For All movement. Her inclusive view of yoga asana and philosophy inspires and empowers thousands of followers around the world – regardless of their shape, size, ethnicity, or level of ability.Dianne contributes to Yoga International, Do You Yoga, and Elephant Journal. She is featured and profiled in International media outlets: The Guardian, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, People and more. She is a spokesperson for diversity in yoga and yoga for larger bodies, as seen in her work with Pennington’s, Gaiam, and the Yoga & Body Image Coalition. Her work is published in the books: Yoga and Body Image and Yes Yoga Has Curves.

Latest Episodes

13 Men's Rights and Feminism

EWe watched The Red Pill documentary by Cassie Jaye and we have some thoughts. This was a really interesting self-study moment. Exploring Feminism and Men Rights what does it really mean? http://theredpillmovie.com/ We love to hear your thoughts.

48 MIN2018 AUG 2
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13 Men's Rights and Feminism

12 Yoga and Activism - What Does Your Yoga Mean to You

EYoga and activism: Is Yoga is political? Alicia and I talk yoga and politics. Spoiler Alert: EVERY IS POLITICAL. How do we serve our communities through the practice? We use the principles of Yoga philosophy through eight limbs which explores non-violence, self-study, truthfulness, stillness, observations and action Check out the 8 limbs here: https://chopra.com/articles/what-are-the-8-limbs-of-yoga Shout out to Armchair Expert https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/armchair-expert-with-dax-shepard/id1345682353 Unlearning Racism https://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=532955665 https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/slavery

51 MIN2018 JUN 6
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12 Yoga and Activism - What Does Your Yoga Mean to You

11 The Power of Weight Stigma

EHey, all the podcast starts at the magical time at 1:08. While we are waiting for the podcast to start, I wanted to say I have had a realization. We not to stop telling people they are not fat. It makes it seem like being fat is a bad thing and it's NOT. In this episode, we talk why weight stigma is so powerful. We talk about Oprah and weight watchers and how diet fitness culture steers us in the wrong direction. How do we make peace with bodies? Give us a listen. Some of our resources and people we love and admire: https://haescommunity.com/ https://lindabacon.org/ https://www.savagelovecast.com/episodes/guest/lindy-west#.WvBVltPwa9Y http://www.bttoronto.ca/videos/findings-from-chatelaines-the-man-survey/ https://www.thedailybeast.com/how-the-fitness-industry-gets-rich-doing-nothing

50 MIN2018 MAY 6
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11 The Power of Weight Stigma

10 The Be Positive Podcast

EHey Everyone, our newest podcast. We start out talking about the previous guest who was already featured, Lakshmi Nair. Check out the podcast https://soundcloud.com/dianne-bondy/ep-8-black-history-month-yoga-black-folks-and-cultural-appriopriation Join us for a podcast on what it means positive. We question why there is a need for constant positivity. What does it mean to sit in your discomfort? Resources on empathy https://youtu.be/1Evwgu369Jw

45 MIN2018 APR 5
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10 The Be Positive Podcast

09 Mediocrity, Feminism, & The Fear of Dying Alone

EMediocrity, Feminism and the Fear of Dying Alone! In this podcast, we look at what it means to be mediocre, feminism and The Fear of Dying Alone? This podcast is informed by the article by Denise Balkissoon and Feminism and the False Fear of Dying Alone https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/justin-timberlake-and-the-fall-of-the-mediocre-man/article37878657/ Who is mediocre? Why is mediocrity tolerated? What is a diversity hire? How do we encourage and support diversity? What is a diversity hire vs mediocrity hire? How do we keep evolving as a culture to make the world more inclusive and equitable? Our other hot topic is -If you are feminist will you die alone -NO Feminism and the False Fear of Dying Alone https://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/features/a9882494/false-feminism-spinster-theory/ Thanks for taking a listen!

48 MIN2018 MAR 6
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09 Mediocrity, Feminism, & The Fear of Dying Alone

Ep 8 Black History Month Yoga, Black Folks and Cultural Appriopriation

EIn today's podcast, we talk to Yoga Expert Lakshmi Nair about Yoga, People of Colour and Cultural Appropriation. In celebration of Black History Month, we talk about how yoga impacts our current culture. How we share yoga responsibility, and it is necessary to have brave spaces for POC to practice. Lakshmi Nair lived in the stories and philosophy of yoga and Ayurveda from a young age, Lakshmi formally studied yoga at Vivekananda Yoga Kendra and Kaivalyadhama Ashram in India in 2002. She also attended 4 years of graduate study in South Asian Studies at UC Berkeley, where she studied Sanskrit, Tamil, and contemporary South Asian literature. In 2014, Lakshmi started Satya Yoga Immersion for People of Color, one of the country’s first and perhaps only yoga immersion and teacher training programs exclusively for people of colour. Since 2014, Satya Yoga Immersion has grown into Satya Yoga Collective (www.satyayogacollective.com), a yoga collective offering yoga for people of colour by pe...

47 MIN2018 FEB 14
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Ep 8 Black History Month Yoga, Black Folks and Cultural Appriopriation

07 Yoga Rising: Yoga and Body Image with Melanie Klein

ETalking about Yoga and Body Image with Melanie Klein. We learn how to be a Yoga Renegades. We discuss how we move beyond our limitations with the perspectives around body image and move boldly and bravely into our power. Speaking our truth and speaking truth to power is essential in changing the world to include all of us! You can get your copy of the book right here. We're celebrating the official launch of this new collection of stories and celebrating the yoga renegade in *every* body! Want a copy of the book? --> http://amzn.to/2D5MV1u Help us celebrate by joining the #YogaRisingBook campaign on Instagram. Details here-> http://bit.ly/2D57uLl Join us in the quest for yoga for all of us at http://ybicoalition.com/ https://www.facebook.com/Gaiam/ https://www.facebook.com/ybicoalition/

44 MIN2018 JAN 8
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07 Yoga Rising: Yoga and Body Image with Melanie Klein

06 Alicia and Dianne go to Hot Yoga

EYikes, Alicia and Dianne go to hot yoga. Everyone should try this at least once! Especially when it is -16 outside it might be the only way to get warm.

15 MIN2017 DEC 30
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06 Alicia and Dianne go to Hot Yoga

05 Men & Feminism

EWhat does it mean to male and feminist? How are we socialized to be sexist and how power is shared or not shared. Why self-study is so important! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjJQBjWYDTs https://www.facebook.com/TED/videos/10159681264070652/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwqvhjUItfw&feature=youtu.be I found this documentary rivetting http://theredpillmovie.com/ it helped understand were feminism can fail men. This documentary offers a counterpoint that rocked me. Feminism needs to identify all of humanity. How power structures affect all of us. It is always good to hear many different perspectives

52 MIN2017 DEC 30
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05 Men & Feminism

It's Not About Me Ep.04 Self-Care, Holistic Snobbery and Wealth Privilege

EThe continuing the conversation around all the ways we use our privilege. Let's talk about how wealth privilege and the link to Holistic /spiritual Practitioner snobbery. Let's examine self-care as an accessible practice and how wealth continues to divide us. Show notes Open access education https://sparcopen.org/open-education/ Ontario Student Assistant Program https://osap.gov.on.ca/AidEstimator1819Web/enterapp/enter.xhtml Gaiam.ca coupon Code DBGaiam20 Gaiam.com Code Dianne20

53 MIN2017 DEC 15
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It's Not About Me Ep.04 Self-Care, Holistic Snobbery and Wealth Privilege

Latest Episodes

13 Men's Rights and Feminism

EWe watched The Red Pill documentary by Cassie Jaye and we have some thoughts. This was a really interesting self-study moment. Exploring Feminism and Men Rights what does it really mean? http://theredpillmovie.com/ We love to hear your thoughts.

48 MIN2018 AUG 2
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13 Men's Rights and Feminism

12 Yoga and Activism - What Does Your Yoga Mean to You

EYoga and activism: Is Yoga is political? Alicia and I talk yoga and politics. Spoiler Alert: EVERY IS POLITICAL. How do we serve our communities through the practice? We use the principles of Yoga philosophy through eight limbs which explores non-violence, self-study, truthfulness, stillness, observations and action Check out the 8 limbs here: https://chopra.com/articles/what-are-the-8-limbs-of-yoga Shout out to Armchair Expert https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/armchair-expert-with-dax-shepard/id1345682353 Unlearning Racism https://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=532955665 https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/slavery

51 MIN2018 JUN 6
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12 Yoga and Activism - What Does Your Yoga Mean to You

11 The Power of Weight Stigma

EHey, all the podcast starts at the magical time at 1:08. While we are waiting for the podcast to start, I wanted to say I have had a realization. We not to stop telling people they are not fat. It makes it seem like being fat is a bad thing and it's NOT. In this episode, we talk why weight stigma is so powerful. We talk about Oprah and weight watchers and how diet fitness culture steers us in the wrong direction. How do we make peace with bodies? Give us a listen. Some of our resources and people we love and admire: https://haescommunity.com/ https://lindabacon.org/ https://www.savagelovecast.com/episodes/guest/lindy-west#.WvBVltPwa9Y http://www.bttoronto.ca/videos/findings-from-chatelaines-the-man-survey/ https://www.thedailybeast.com/how-the-fitness-industry-gets-rich-doing-nothing

50 MIN2018 MAY 6
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11 The Power of Weight Stigma

10 The Be Positive Podcast

EHey Everyone, our newest podcast. We start out talking about the previous guest who was already featured, Lakshmi Nair. Check out the podcast https://soundcloud.com/dianne-bondy/ep-8-black-history-month-yoga-black-folks-and-cultural-appriopriation Join us for a podcast on what it means positive. We question why there is a need for constant positivity. What does it mean to sit in your discomfort? Resources on empathy https://youtu.be/1Evwgu369Jw

45 MIN2018 APR 5
Comments
10 The Be Positive Podcast

09 Mediocrity, Feminism, & The Fear of Dying Alone

EMediocrity, Feminism and the Fear of Dying Alone! In this podcast, we look at what it means to be mediocre, feminism and The Fear of Dying Alone? This podcast is informed by the article by Denise Balkissoon and Feminism and the False Fear of Dying Alone https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/justin-timberlake-and-the-fall-of-the-mediocre-man/article37878657/ Who is mediocre? Why is mediocrity tolerated? What is a diversity hire? How do we encourage and support diversity? What is a diversity hire vs mediocrity hire? How do we keep evolving as a culture to make the world more inclusive and equitable? Our other hot topic is -If you are feminist will you die alone -NO Feminism and the False Fear of Dying Alone https://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/features/a9882494/false-feminism-spinster-theory/ Thanks for taking a listen!

48 MIN2018 MAR 6
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09 Mediocrity, Feminism, & The Fear of Dying Alone

Ep 8 Black History Month Yoga, Black Folks and Cultural Appriopriation

EIn today's podcast, we talk to Yoga Expert Lakshmi Nair about Yoga, People of Colour and Cultural Appropriation. In celebration of Black History Month, we talk about how yoga impacts our current culture. How we share yoga responsibility, and it is necessary to have brave spaces for POC to practice. Lakshmi Nair lived in the stories and philosophy of yoga and Ayurveda from a young age, Lakshmi formally studied yoga at Vivekananda Yoga Kendra and Kaivalyadhama Ashram in India in 2002. She also attended 4 years of graduate study in South Asian Studies at UC Berkeley, where she studied Sanskrit, Tamil, and contemporary South Asian literature. In 2014, Lakshmi started Satya Yoga Immersion for People of Color, one of the country’s first and perhaps only yoga immersion and teacher training programs exclusively for people of colour. Since 2014, Satya Yoga Immersion has grown into Satya Yoga Collective (www.satyayogacollective.com), a yoga collective offering yoga for people of colour by pe...

47 MIN2018 FEB 14
Comments
Ep 8 Black History Month Yoga, Black Folks and Cultural Appriopriation

07 Yoga Rising: Yoga and Body Image with Melanie Klein

ETalking about Yoga and Body Image with Melanie Klein. We learn how to be a Yoga Renegades. We discuss how we move beyond our limitations with the perspectives around body image and move boldly and bravely into our power. Speaking our truth and speaking truth to power is essential in changing the world to include all of us! You can get your copy of the book right here. We're celebrating the official launch of this new collection of stories and celebrating the yoga renegade in *every* body! Want a copy of the book? --> http://amzn.to/2D5MV1u Help us celebrate by joining the #YogaRisingBook campaign on Instagram. Details here-> http://bit.ly/2D57uLl Join us in the quest for yoga for all of us at http://ybicoalition.com/ https://www.facebook.com/Gaiam/ https://www.facebook.com/ybicoalition/

44 MIN2018 JAN 8
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07 Yoga Rising: Yoga and Body Image with Melanie Klein

06 Alicia and Dianne go to Hot Yoga

EYikes, Alicia and Dianne go to hot yoga. Everyone should try this at least once! Especially when it is -16 outside it might be the only way to get warm.

15 MIN2017 DEC 30
Comments
06 Alicia and Dianne go to Hot Yoga

05 Men & Feminism

EWhat does it mean to male and feminist? How are we socialized to be sexist and how power is shared or not shared. Why self-study is so important! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjJQBjWYDTs https://www.facebook.com/TED/videos/10159681264070652/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwqvhjUItfw&feature=youtu.be I found this documentary rivetting http://theredpillmovie.com/ it helped understand were feminism can fail men. This documentary offers a counterpoint that rocked me. Feminism needs to identify all of humanity. How power structures affect all of us. It is always good to hear many different perspectives

52 MIN2017 DEC 30
Comments
05 Men & Feminism

It's Not About Me Ep.04 Self-Care, Holistic Snobbery and Wealth Privilege

EThe continuing the conversation around all the ways we use our privilege. Let's talk about how wealth privilege and the link to Holistic /spiritual Practitioner snobbery. Let's examine self-care as an accessible practice and how wealth continues to divide us. Show notes Open access education https://sparcopen.org/open-education/ Ontario Student Assistant Program https://osap.gov.on.ca/AidEstimator1819Web/enterapp/enter.xhtml Gaiam.ca coupon Code DBGaiam20 Gaiam.com Code Dianne20

53 MIN2017 DEC 15
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It's Not About Me Ep.04 Self-Care, Holistic Snobbery and Wealth Privilege