If you were not at Saturday’s Better Body Image (BBI) Conference, you missed an amazing and empowering event!
The morning started off with breakfast burritos (YUM) and an inclusive photo booth, courtesy of yours truly, MOD BETTIE. (Check out the photo booth photos below!)
FIND YOUR INNER POWER!
Keynote speaker, social justice activist Dianne Bondy, is an author, accessible yoga teacher, and the leader of the Yoga For All movement. Her inclusive approach to yoga empowers anyone to practice—regardless of their shape, size, ethnicity, or level of ability. Dianne is revolutionizing yoga by educating yoga instructors around the world on how to make their classes welcoming and safe for all kinds of participants. You could feel the energy in the room as she spoke. Her Q&A raised important issues like how can you be perfect just the way you are, but still reach for improvement.
Then there were the fantastic workshops that included: How to Talk with Your Children about Body Image, with Gail Hall of MIEDA, sponsored by Lisa Lehmann Designs. Making Space for Embodied Self-Compassion with Rachael Koeson, Making Space Hakomi. How to Be a Body Acceptance Ambassador in Our Society, sponsored by Michelle Krick Style, and last but not least, A Conversation about Disability with Elliot Keyes and Cassaundra Wolf. There were so many amazing speakers I wish I could have attended all of them!
The LGBTQ+ Panel Talk on Body Image featured some of our very own Bettie’s, Jackie Green and Star Buxom. The discussion touched on how body image is inclusive to every person in every body. BBI put together a panel of local experts within the LGBTQ+ community to promote awareness, acceptance, and understanding. It was very eye opening about the difficulties that binary, transgendered, LGB, and inner-sexed folx experience in everyday life.
Fat, Black & Gifted: An Intimate Conversation with Latesha Lipscomb was a candid conversation that took a deep dive into ethnicity, beauty, confidence, self-love and the social-cultural constructs that threaten how women of color view themselves in a predominantly Westernized civilization.
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