Yoga Rising: 30 Empowering Stories from Yoga Renegades for Every Body
Melanie C. Klein
Llewellyn Publications (JANUARY) Softcover $17.99 (336pp) 978-0-7387-5082-8 Yoga Rising is an affirming and orienting anthology that addresses western yoga culture’s issues with body image and more.
Yoga Rising is Melanie C. Klein’s welcoming compilation in which thirty voices address issues of body image within western yoga culture.
Paired with strong philosophy and a willingness for serious self-inquiry, Yoga Rising is poised to be a valuable contribution to any yoga teacher training program. Its personal narratives have the potential to be eye-opening to a population that frequently benefits from thin privilege, informing their teaching in a significant way.
There are some real gems among these essays. Lakshmi Nair’s no-holds-barred assessment of the yoga scene is gloriously challenging, gently laying out issues of commercialism, cultural appropriation, and spiritual bypassing. In the same section, which is devoted to intersectional yoga experiences and is by far the richest portion of the book, Chanelle John offers frameworks for dismantling oppression through much-needed alternatives to the yoga studio model.
Interestingly, the third section of the book includes the fewest questions for thought,