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LU 054: Amy Pence Brown – Taking a badass stand for radical self-acceptance & body image healing.



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Hey there, lovely radicals… podcast time!

This week on the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, I get to talk to Amy Pence-Brown from Boise, Idaho.

Amy describes herself as a fat feminist mother who believes in opening her mouth and her heart. From both of these places she tells stories – as a writer on her blog and other local & national publications, as a historian giving tours for Preservation Idaho, and as a visual artist creating subversive stitchings and performance pieces. She has a Master in Art & Architectural History, she has worked at many museums and has juried and curated numerous exhibitions. You might know Amy from her radical stand for self-love at the Capital City Public Market on August 29, 2015, in Boise, Idaho, or from her TED talk. Amy’s message of self-love and the value of all bodies, no matter their size, went viral and has been written about by countless media outlets. You’ll hear Amy talk about:
– How she remembers feeling about her body as a kid
– How her chubbiness was perceived at different stages of childhood
– Why she considers herself lucky in terms of how her parents related to food and bodies
– Where the bullying about her body came from
– What her parent’s ideas were about “beauty” and “being a woman”
– What she describes as her “first defiant feminist act”
– Why she got pulled in the direction of feminism
– How her experience with boys and their reaction to her body influenced her view of herself
– Why books and education were (and still are) key to her body positive attitude
– How early she started drawing attention to the public body image crisis
– When she first experienced online trolling and what that did to her
– Why she created the “Boise Rad Fat Collective”
– Why feminism and a positive attitude about bodies must go together
– Why feminism is not a concept “against men”, but including men
– Why we all get hurt when we get put in societally predefined boxes of what “masculinity” and “femininity” are supposed to look like
– Why women are often other women’s harshest critics, and thereby reinforcing the very limitations that they would like to free themselves from
– How her famous “stand for self-love” came about and subsequently went viral
– What she experienced in those 50 minutes of standing half-naked and blindfolded in the middle of a public square in Boise, Idaho
– How men engaged with her during her stand
– Why she wore a blindfold
– How the media shapes our culture’s assumptions about bodies and how different it would be if there were adequate representation of those people who are happy with their bigger bodies (instead of the usual, dehumanizing depiction)
– Why it is crucial to feel secure and confident enough in your own body positivity to do such a thing
– How, after her video went viral, lots of women started speaking up
– How each one of us can find ways to send a powerful message to the world
– Why stepping out of our comfort zone is leading us to live fuller lives
– What she does in her “Radcamps”…

… And so much more!

Check out Amy’s website:
http://www.amypencebrown.com

Here’s one of the video’s of Amy’s famous “Stand for Self-Love”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2n50KVLgwlY&index=4&list=PLXsBK-DbXmku30EaoWD4AZxBdbAo2mt3a

Here’s the link to Amy’s TED talk:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnTLFlQ419s

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LU 046: Jessamyn Stanley – What yoga is about, what it’s not about, and why it is for EVERY BODY.


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Hey there, lovely radicals… up for a mind-stretching podcast?

In today’s episode of the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, I talk to Jessamyn Stanley from Durham, North Carolina.

Jessamyn, as many of you know, is a yogi who breaks all the stereotypes. She has built a life as an internationally recognized yoga teacher and award-winning Instagram star by combining a deep understanding for yoga with a willingness to share her personal struggles in a way that touches everyone who comes to know her. Now she brings her body-positive, emotionally uplifting approach to yoga in a book that will help every reader discover the power of yoga and how to weave it seamlessly into his or her life. It’s called “Every Body Yoga”, and just like herself, this book breaks all the stereotypes. You will hear Jessamyn share:
– Where she thinks our self-consciousness about our bodies comes from
– What it was that made her become dissatisfied with who she was and how her body looked
– What brought her to yoga
– What anxiety/depression have to do with our mind’s tendency to ruminate about the past and/or worry about the future
– How she understands the spiritual aspect of the yoga practice
– Why there’s so much to be said for having a healthy detachment to the materialistic focus that our culture promotes
– Why she thinks that the obsession with surface-level things, like the “look” of bodies, are huge shortcomings of our society
– What the dangers of social media and the display of fake “perfection” are
– Why “getting likes” is never something we should be aiming for
– Why no amount of outside approval can ever fill the void in our hearts
– Why the disconnection that happens when everybody “lives” on the screen is so harmful for our soul’s wellbeing
– Why most of what we see on social media is fake and—upon closer inspection—completely irrelevant
– Why she says what she wants and doesn’t care too much about what other people think of her
– Why we often look for “meaning” in life in the exact wrong places
– Why people who feel insecure make better customers
– How we can become more comfortable in our own company
– Why facing and owning our “shit” is the only way to liberation
– Where true inner contentment comes from
– What most people plain misunderstand about yoga
– What the problems are with “modern” (westernized) yoga
– What she feels yoga is really about (hint: it’s not about how the body looks)
– How she got connected to her emotions after years of stuffing them away
– What emotions she has most difficulty with
– How she deals with critics and haters
– How she deals with getting so much attention and having to be more social than she feels is her nature…

… And so much more!
Check out Jessamyn and all of her work (including her book “Every Body Yoga”) at:
http://www.jessamynstanley.com

If you enjoy and love my podcast, please consider supporting it by becoming a “Patreon”! It would greatly help me to keep those episodes coming to you. Thank you! https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted

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LU 020: Dr. Anita Johnston – “In the Light of the Moon” we transform our relationship with food.



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Lovely radical! Welcome to another beautiful ear-journey.

In today’s episode of the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, I’m talking to Dr. Anita Johnston from Colorado/Hawaii. She is a clinical psychologist, certified eating disorder specialist and storyteller who has been working with women struggling with eating and weight for over 30 years.

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She is the Clinical Director of the ’Ai Pono Eating Disorder Programs in Honolulu and the recently opened ’Ai Pono Maui residential facility on the Island of Maui, Hawaii. She is Senior Advisor & Clinical Consultant to Focus Treatment Centers in Chattanooga, Memphis, and Knoxville, Tennessee as well as Consultant to EATFED in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia. She is the author of “Eating in the Light of the Moon”, which has been published in six languages. As an international speaker, Dr. Anita Johnston talks about the effects of the preoccupation with dieting and weight that keep millions of women around the world obsessed and all too often unsuccessfully attempting to control their struggles. Her most recent project is an interactive online e-course and women’s support circle called the “Light of the Moon Café”. Listen to Anita tell us:
– Why she is still baffled that she herself didn’t develop an eating disorder when she was young
– Why she thinks having a sensitive, intuitive nature is making women prone to having eating issues and a negative body image
– How she became interested in women’s issues
– How she became aware of the prevalent obsession with weight-loss, diet and body that women are caught up in
– Why she is so passionate about her work treating eating disorders
– Why she chose metaphors for her bestseller “Eating in the Light of the Moon”
– What made her come up with the beautiful metaphors for her book
– Why women’s eating issues have everything to do with patriarchy
– How women can learn to appreciate and cherish their emotional intensity and intuitive skills
– Why assertive communication is one of the most important skills to learn
– How we can reframe what we have come to believe about women, bodies and food for decades
– Why diet-culture hurts women’s souls so much, and how we can grow a certain amount of resiliency against it
– Why having a supporting community of women is the antidote against the oppressive tendencies of diet-culture and patriarchy
– How she deals with it when diet-culture (magazines, media, commercials) start affecting her inner contentment and how she re-appreciates her body
– Why it is so important to learn to recognize and identify our internalized diet-mentality voice
– How we can strengthen our inner voice of compassion to grow strong enough disobey the oppressive and punishing rules of the internalized diet-mentality and the external diet-culture messages
–Why women’s bodies and women’s sexuality have continuously been objectified, judged and shamed
– What the purpose of her online platform called “Light of the Moon Café” is and what it offers
– Why her treatment center and programs on Hawaii are called ’Ai Pono…

… And so much more!

If you are interested in Dr. Anita Johnston’s work, check out her website:
http://www.dranitajohnston.com

Also, check out the “Light of the Moon Café”:
http://www.lightofthemooncafe.com/

Here’s the link to the ’Ai Pono healing center (Hawaii):
http://www.aipono.com/
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