Yoga and the Guilty Feminist
Do you podcast?
I do, all the time, on loads of different subjects. Some of my favourite entertainment these days comes in this form. I think it’s because the barriers to entry are relatively simple and it allows people with a passion to create content and distribute it to interested people relatively quickly and easily.
If you’ve no idea what I’m talking about (and would care to) you can take a quick deviation at this point and read this introduction to the subject: https://internationalpodcastday.com/what-is-podcast/
The Guilty Feminist
One of my favourite podcasts is called The Guilty Feminist, a joint project between the British-based Australian comedian Deborah Frances-White and the British-based Danish comedian Sofie Hagen.
Each episode of the show tackles a particular subject in a comedic but thought-provoking way. I particularly like the “guilty” part of the description because the hosts happily acknowledged that they are far from perfect in many areas; but that’s okay.
I was going through the back catalogue recently and I came across an episode that I wanted to share with people reading these articles here at Mind and Body Movement, and really recommend you take the time to listen to (I recommend them all, but particularly this one!).
The focus of episode is Exercise, and their guest the wonderful yoga teacher Jessamyn Stanley.
I love Jessamyn - one of my yoga heroes - for her no-nonsense realistic approach to yoga, for her body positive approach that shows that yoga and exercise really is for everybody and every body; and perhaps most of all because she does really good yoga - and I learn stuff from her!
Movement should be a pleasure!
What I liked about this episode is that it talked about things that I believe in when it comes to exercise and movement. That exercise and movement should be a pleasure. That we should be doing it because we enjoy it and it makes us feel better in body and mind, not because we always want to change something about ourselves that we don’t like.
It’s great to have a goal, and that can be really helpful from a motivational point of view.
But to help us build movement into our lives day-to-day and year-to-year we need to remember that simple enjoyment of moving our body for the fun of it.