#74 | Holistic Body Positivity & Confronting the Corporate Wellness Industry with Dana Falsetti
About This Episode
“Femininity is my power, my voice, and my strength.”
Dana Falsetti is a yoga instructor with a simple but revolutionary idea–yoga should be for everybody. Campaigning for equality, shame disruption, empowerment, sexual freedom and confidence, Dana has gained an online following of more than half a million people. She has traveled worldwide, hosting dozens of workshops for those seeking similar insights, and several of her viral videos have gleaned more than 20 million views. Dana won the 2017 Shorty Award for Health and Wellness on Social Media and has been featured in publications such as Seventeen, Women’s Health, People, Cosmopolitan, Huffington Post and Buzzfeed, among others. She has built her own platform where yoga students pay only what they can afford, for a practice that suits their ability status, and where compassion is at the heart of every lesson.
“I don’t see myself as the inspiration that people say that I am. I see myself as me. Everything else is just noise.”
Dana’s message really does just boil down to compassion for people of all sizes, all races, all ages, and all ability statuses. The lack of compassion in diet culture and the corporate wellness industry has led to a very visual and commercial understanding of “health.” Dana advocates for a broader, more holistic understanding of health that cannot be determined by your BMI (body mass index).
“Shame keeps people from ever seeing the full fulfillment of their lives.”
Like many people, Dana dealt with a lot of shame throughout her life. She believed that she had to be a certain weight, that she had to reach a certain standard of beauty, to be allowed to thrive in modern society. Five years ago, she found yoga, and it helped pull her out of the insidious grasp of diet culture. While she has had her ups and downs in her yoga journey, Dana has reached a point where existing as herself and living her best life in the body she is in is her highest truth — and she is now helping others do the same.
“Self-awareness is the ability to quiet your ego so that you can tap into a space of vulnerability. It asks you to recognize things that are challenging, mistakes you have made that remind you that you are human.”
Tools & Resources Mentioned
People/Blogs to Follow
- Sassy Latte – Sassy believes that activism must be based in action! She is a body and sex-positive feminist, and she posts her pictures and content online so that she can facilitate open discussions about socio-politics in safe spaces juxtaposed against dope ass selfies.
- The Yamas and the Niyamas by Deborah Adele – The first two limbs of the eight-fold path of yoga sutras—the basic text for classical yoga—are examined in this spiritual guide to the practice of yoga. Foundational to all yogic thought, they are considered to be the guidelines to the yoga way of living that free individuals to take ownership of their lives, direct them toward the fulfillment they seek, and gain the skills to choose attitude, thought, and action. The first five guidelines are referred to as the yamas—a Sanskrit word that translates to “restraints”—and encompasses nonviolence, truthfulness, not stealing, nonexcess, and nonpossessiveness. The last five are referred to as the niyamas, or observances—purity, contentment, self-discipline, self-study, and surrender.
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