Body Image Summit 2015

The Body Image Summit 2015

Interview Recordings

Renee Heigel

Renee Heigel, CHHP, AADP, is board certified holistic health and nutrition practitioner and life coach. She specializes in Ayurveda, functional nutrition and authentic leadership.

Renee is a speaker, mentor, writer, mother, entrepreneur, foodist, cook, world traveler, media maven, and creator of Love Yourself Naked®.

Renee trained at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in Manhattan and is board certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and has over a decade of experience plus certifications in life and business coaching.

She shows women and men through her signature Love Yourself Naked® programs how to be free of sugar addiction, to replace cravings with confidence, and end emotional eating for good.

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Dianne Bondy

Author, Motivator, Risk Taker, Educator, Yoga Teacher, and Leading Voice in the Diversity in Yoga and Yoga of Inclusion Movement.

With over 1000 hours of yoga training in diverse modalities such as yoga therapeutics, restorative yoga, meditation, and Anusara Yoga – Dianne truly believes that yoga is for all!

She is passionate about creating a more diverse playing field in the yoga community and is a highly recognized voice in the Diversity in Yoga and Yoga of Inclusion movements – where all shapes, sizes, ethnicities, and cultural backgrounds are recognized and embraced both on and off the mat.

Dianne Bondy is an E-RTY 500 with Yoga Alliance, with extensive training in yoga therapy. She is a regular columnist for Elephant Journal and Do You Yoga, has been featured in Yoga Journal magazine, and appears as a guest author in the books: Yoga and Body Image, and Yes Yoga Has Curves.

She is the founder and Managing Director of Yogasteya virtual online yoga studio that specializes in yoga for all shapes, sizes, and abilities. The goal of Yogasteya is to empower people through yoga. She developed and continues to teach the Abundant Bodied Yoga Teacher and Yoga for All yoga teacher training programs, runs retreats and workshops internationally and is a founding member of the Yoga & Body Image Coalition.

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Emily Nolan

Emily Nolan is the Chief Empowerment Officer of My Kind of Life. In 2014, she was honored as Mind Body Green’s “Top 100 of the World’s Most Influential Thought Leaders in Wellness.” She has been a size 0 and a size 16, lived with 10 years of eating disorders, had plastic surgery, Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Female Athlete Triad.

After hitting bottom, she decided that to start employing radical honesty and learned that radical honesty is a very important piece in her self-confidence toolkit. She saw that opening up to the truth was healing on so many levels, and empowering others to share their story, too.

Also, leading up to Valentine’s Day in 2015, she’ll be taking the #Summon mini-workshop on my nonprofit Topless tour around the US. The Topless Tour is a several hour (sport bra) event offering young professional women a sustainable self-confidence solution toolkit, yoga and intimate journaling exercises. The tour was created to show women what real women look like without Photoshop. Scars, a soft tummy, freckles—that we are perfect just the way we are. And it is time we boldly and bravely stand up for the perfect body that we already have and empower others to feel the same way. Topless promotes real-body awareness with mind & body solutions.

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Michelle Vina-Baltsas

Michelle Vina-Baltsas is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, Certified Holistic Health Coach, and food cravings expert. She is passionate about helping women free themselves from the diet mentality, emotional eating, food cravings, and negative body image.

She believes wholeheartedly that all women are beautiful and have unique gifts to offer the world regardless of their weight, size, or shape. Michelle loves her work and feels honored to be supporting women in attaining their full potential.

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Carmen Cool

Carmen C. Cool MA, LPC is psychotherapist in private practice in Boulder, Colorado. She helps people end the cycle of dieting and overeating. Along the way, they unravel their body stories and learn to trust their bodies and themselves.

Meeting each person’s experience with compassion and curiosity, she invites people to move away from the pursuit of weight loss and towards developing practices that are possible and sustainable in their everyday lives. Because she believes that the way people are treated in this society affects their health, she engages in activism whenever possible.

She founded a nonprofit organization, championing youth to raise their voice and create new cultural norms around body image. She is a certified Hakomi therapist, and has presented at many local and national conferences. She was named “Most Inspiring Individual” in Boulder County in 2012, and won the Excellence in Eating Disorder Advocacy Award in Washington DC.

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