Do you yearn to unapologetically own who you are, but you’re afraid of what others might think?
Do you want to believe in yourself and boost your confidence, but aren’t sure where to start?
Do you trust yourself? Do you trust your body?
Do you want to learn how?
I definitely didn’t trust my body. I was pretty sure my body was the enemy, and that its feelings, desires, cravings, and emotions were suspect, and couldn’t be trusted. I dieted, deprived myself, binged, made exercise a punitive thing, and most of all I hid. I tried to take up less space.
I remember lots of times when I tried to make myself appear smaller, quieter, less intelligent, more palatable – because I wanted to protect other people from my feelings, my bigness, from the space that I take up in the world.
I still struggle with that sometimes – the protecting others from my feelings thing. I still have to remind myself that when I show up and am the real, authentic (loud, silly, smart) ME – then that’s where the magic happens. That’s where I really shine. That’s where I can put my gifts out into the world and help other people see the light I have inside of me.
Through mindful movement, the practice of yoga, and the inner work of self-acceptance, I’ve learned to stand in my power and embrace who I truly am.
I want you to know that you can:
Stand in your power.
Take up space in the world.
Unapologetically own who you are.
I want to share those gifts with you!
And I’ve created a course to do just that.
This 4-week online course is based on a book called Manifest by yoga teacher, author, and activist Kelley Carboni-Woods.
I’ve read a lot of self-help books, practice workbooks, and devotional guides, and I’ve never come across a book like this.
Kelley and I met at a racial justice conference, and she handed me a copy of her book. I was amazed at the wisdom that she captured in bite-size, easy-to-understand, practical readings, broken up into what she calls “mantras”.
Each quote/saying/mantra comes with a short reflection, and these aren’t some vague spiritual concept, these are 30 practical, real-life pieces of advice that you can immediately take off your yoga mat and into your world.
I believe the practices that begin with this book will help you learn to trust yourself, stand in your power, and unapologetically own who you are.
WEEKLY DHARMA TALKS
Each week you’ll get 2 short talks from Amber & Kelley on this week’s mantra and how to apply it to your life
8 NEW YOGA CLASSES
Each week you’ll get 2 yoga classes to accompany that week’s themes
SELF-STUDY & REFLECTION
Each week you’ll get 2 sets of guided questions for self-study, reflection, and journaling
A private Facebook group where you can ask questions, receive support, and connect with other folks taking this course
MANIFEST, THE BOOK
A digital PDF copy of Manifest, Kelley’s book, which you can view on all your devices anytime
Free shipping on a paperback version ofManifest from the Body Positive Yoga store
I nourish myself with the best.
What does “the best” mean? How does nourishment go beyond food and drink? How do we decide what our “best” looks like?
I am strong enough.
How do we remember that we are strong even in difficult times? How do we tap into the strengths we were born with?
I teach others how to treat me.
How do we set the tone for what we’ll allow in our lives? What messages are we sending others about how we deserve to be treated?
I set the pace.
How can we trust ourselves to set a pace for our lives that resonates with our truth? What about all our responsibilities? How can we slow down when it seems impossible?
I listen to myself.
When did we stop listening to our inner wisdom? How do we quiet the outside noise and tune into the messages our physical and spiritual body gives us? How do we trust ourselves?
I deserve my own care.
In a world that tells us self-care is selfish, how do we learn to care for ourselves? What does self-care mean to me? And how do I make room for it in my life?
I will be responsible.
What do we want to create? How can we take responsibility for what we put into the world? How can we see responsibility as an opportunity instead of a burden?
I choose to focus on gratitude.
How do we see the good in a situation when everything is awful? What does a gratitude practice look like and how do we get there? How can we be grateful for a body that society tells us isn’t good enough?
You belong here if you want to:
-Learn to trust yourself and feel at home in your body-
-Learn to stand in your power and embrace who you are-
-Live out loud without shame or apology-
-Claim the space you take up in the world-
-Bring some new inspiration to your yoga practice-
-Protect the peace you naturally possess-
-Build new patterns of thinking and speaking to bring peace and joy into your life-
Kelley Carboni-Woods was born and raised in North Carolina. She is a business owner, natural hair stylist, podcast host and yoga teacher. She is focused on making the practice of yoga accessible to all and strives to make her classes welcoming to everyone. She has a focus on teaching the living practice of yoga. Her belief that yoga is more than a physical practice is lead by the positive influence yoga has had in her own life.
Kelley loves cooking, biking, watching movies, reading, playing scrabble and traveling with her family. She thanks her mother Gloria, a librarian, for her love of reading and for instilling a thirst for knowledge. Kelley lives in Charlotte, NC, with her husband Christian and two sons, Palmer and Duke. She blogs at Peace Filled Mama.
I’m Amber Karnes, creator of Body Positive Yoga.
Yoga has been an integral part of my decade-long journey toward self-acceptance and body positivity – making peace with my body and helping others to do the same. I believe that through joyful movement and self-care, we can learn radical self-acceptance and positively experience our bodies, no matter our shape, size, age, or ability.
In my yoga teaching, I emphasize safe alignment and mindful transitions, and help you give yourself permission to honor the body you bring to the mat today, while also being empowered to learn about the body’s intelligence and power. I infuse my classes, workshops, and retreats with the foundational principles of inclusivity, agency, consent, body positivity, and self-acceptance. I live in Richmond, Virginia, with my husband Jimmy and we love hiking, swimming, and camping together. I blog at Body Positive Yoga.
You matter. You deserve to be heard, be seen, and own who you are.
Playing small and making yourself more palatable to others isn’t serving you. The world needs the gifts that only you can give it.
And to get your unique gifts out there, you need to stand in your power and own who you are.
If this resonates with where you are right now, we’d love for you to join us.
Amber & Kelley