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What is Self-Care?

Bubble baths and fancy chocolates are nice, but there’s so much more to self-care.

Let’s start by satisfying our critical-academic voices: self-care is commodified; self-care is performative; self-care is privileged. Now we can move on.

In workshops, I teach that self-care is organizing your life to support your mind, body, and spirit. This involves establishing sustained practices to promote wellness and developing techniques that mitigate emergent situations and stress. This includes the feel-good things, like the bubble baths and chocolates, but it also includes adulting-things like doing the laundry and paying your bills.

If you are reading this, you are probably good at taking care of yourself. So let’s take a moment to celebrate all that you’ve done today to support your mind, body, and spirit. But, if you’re like me you may find yourself feeling stressed out and grumpy in spite of your best self-care efforts.

Self-care involves practical things like knowing your limits and setting boundaries. It includes moving your body (for fun!) and eating well. Personally, yoga, meditation, and journaling are major parts of my self-care regimen. In the coming weeks, we’ll talk about intentional adaptation – learning how to coast when we can. To adapt we may need to let go of expectations, and that’s okay! You won’t be alone in this, we’ll be building community along the way. And let’s be honest, self-care is hard and sometimes you deserve to treat yourself.

I’m excited to share my favorite self-care practices with you and pick up a few tips from you as well.

Join the conversation on your favorite social network!




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You Should Be Resting

Self-Care tips, practices, and inspiration for academics.

The modern-neoliberal university is insatiable. More students. More publications. Unlimited service. It’s easy to see why so many of us are burnt out. I believe there is another way and I invite you to find it with me.

Each week, I’ll share my favorite self-care tips and practices via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the occasional blog here.

These practices will be geared for the academic context, but everyone can benefit from them. I’d love it if you joined me, check the links below to find me on your favorite social network.




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Summer of Self-Care Retreat with Laura Burns

Enjoy an inclusive and accessible weekend of yoga and relaxation in the Texas Hill Country.

I am thrilled to partner with my friend Laura Burns to co-host our Summer of Self-Care retreat June 19 – 21, 2020 in Wimberly, Texas.

Laura and I created the video below to give an overview of what to expect, but here are the highlights:

  • A weekend of ACCESSIBLE yoga practices
  • A weight-neutral, body-positive, no diet-talk space
  • Gender-inclusive atmosphere (ALL are welcome here)
  • Delicious gourmet meals
  • Refreshing crystal clear creeks
  • Body love exercises
  • Crafting and making art
  • Building a self-care toolbox
  • Summer Solstice Celebration

To learn more or register, visit:

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Introducing Yoga Recess!

Have you moved your body joyfully, today?

Fat Kid Yoga Club members now have a new opportunity to practice with me! Yoga Recess videos are short and accessible yoga asana practices that are perfect for days when you’re “too busy” to roll out your mat.

Head over to to learn more and sign up now!

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New Year, New Opportunities to Practice with Me!

The New Year is a great time to recommit to yourself and your yoga practice.

Can’t touch your toes? No problem! I pride myself on offering yoga asana practices that are accessible for every BODY regardless of size/shape, age, strength, or flexibility. And I invite YOU to join me in 2020.

Weekly In-Person Offerings

Basic Flow – Sunday 9:00 AM at Great for beginners and will focus on detailed verbal instructions of basic asanas (yoga poses). Students will begin to understand movement linked to the breath. This class moves slower than our All Levels class, allowing for more instruction and clarity in building the foundation of the basic poses.

Fat Kid Yoga Club – Sunday 5:30 PM at Balance Yoga & Wellness 
(New Orleans) Fat Kid Yoga Club provides a place where practitioners of all levels and folks in plus-size/bigger bodies can experience the benefits of yoga. Here you’ll celebrate your body through movement and accept what’s possible one practice at a time. This class combines breath with movement and alignment-based instruction. Perfect for all bodies and levels of experience.

Yoga for Bigger Bodies – Friday 5:30 PM Downtown Yoga 
(Hammond) offers weight-neutral, body-positive instruction for plus-sized practitioners. Bigger Bodies classes incorporate movement, breathwork, and restorative yoga postures. No experience necessary!

Please confirm dates and times with respective studios.

Fat Kid Yoga Club – Online

Can’t make it to the studio? No worries! You can practice with me online via Patreon. There are membership options for every budget. Learn more at

Fat Kid Yoga Club members receive exclusive discounts on FKYC merchandise and events.

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Braving Body Shame

What’s your body shame story?

I am honored to participate in the inaugural Braving Body Shame conference. This conference is important because it is intersectional and accessible. It brings together diverse stories and experiences to demonstrate the impact of body shame on all of our lives.

In terms of accessibility, Braving Body Shame is FREE and fully online. There are also options to receive interview transcripts.

The conference launches in February – you can learn more and register on the Braving Body Shame website:

I hope you’ll “tune in” to hear my story!

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Participants Needed for a Study on Size-Discrimination and Hiking

Are you a plus-size/husky/curvy/fat hiker? Then I want to hear from you!

I’ve partnered with Laura Burns to study size-discrimination in hiking. Currently, we are seeking participants to complete a survey on their experiences hiking and shopping for hiking gear and clothing.

We’ve already exceeded our goal of 500 completed surveys – but we need your help to obtain a more diverse sample. To date, our sample is 90% White and roughly 96% Women.

We would love to hear from more people of color as well as men and non-binary folks.

The survey should take about 20-30 minutes to complete, and the results will help to move forward the conversation about weight stigma and discrimination and ultimately create change! For more information and to complete the survey here:

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Fat Kid Yoga Club Shirts are Here!

Start 2020 in style with some Fat Kid Yoga Club Gear

I’m excited to announce that I have launched the Fat Kid Yoga Club store via Tee Spring. Folks have been asking for shirts since June and I’m happy that I can finally deliver. Shirts are available up to 5XL.

Head on over to to order your shirt now. Don’t forget to use the code FKYC2020 to save 10% on your order until January 31, 2020.

Special thanks to Emily from Drawer Full of Drawings for the awesome new logo!

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Set Your Intentions for 2020

How will you show up in the new year?

We’re all familiar with making resolutions for the New Year, but too often our resolutions end in failure. This year, join me and set an intention that you can celebrate and return to throughout the year. No more failures only new opportunities!

I’m excited to host a special workshop on setting intentions at Downtown Yoga on Saturday, January 4 at 10:30 am.

This workshop will explain the practice of setting intentions (in yoga asana classes as well as daily life) and discuss how yoga philosophy (primarily, the yamas and niyamas) can inform our intentions. The workshop will include some brief meditation/reflection exercises and journaling. Workshop participants will receive a handout with relevant information. Participants are encouraged to bring a copy of the Yoga Sutras (optional).

Learn more or register at .

Can’t make it to the workshop?

No worries! I recorded a similar practice for Fat Kid Yoga Club members that will be released on January 1.

Visit to sign up!

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How to Teach Yoga for Bigger Bodies

Yoga is for EVERY-body. But not all yoga teachers are trained to offer accessible classes for folks in bigger bodies. This creates a barrier that prevents many plus-size would be yogis from accessing the benefits of the practice.

If you’re a thin/average/not-fat yoga teacher who wants to create accessible classes, I want to help! I teamed up with my good friend Laura Burns founder of Radical Body Love Yoga to talk about how yoga instructors can make their classes fat-friendly. In the video below, you’ll find our tips for offering inclusive yoga classes for everybody.

Want to Learn More?

Check out the resources below!

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Join Fat Kid Yoga Club:

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