This Fall, I attended a beautiful event with a bunch of leaders from various industries, whose work has common theme of positive social impact. On the first evening, at the “meet and greet” gathering, I had the special opportunity to spend time with Seane Corn (yoga activist superstar and Jersey girl). In our conversation, she told me that I MUST check out the work of her dear friend, Dr. Melody Moore. Of course, I was intrigued and did some googling.
I was immediately inspired by Dr. Moore’s work with girls and women about body image, trauma, self-expression. She is a brilliant, big hearted, courageous leader. Our conversation is extraordinary – covering topics from body image to leadership to humility and more.
Here’s what we get into:
- How and why she created Embody Love Movement, inspired by teen girls
- Recovery from eating disorders and body dysmorphia
- The epidemic of “general not enoughness”
- 3 big hits that created her not-enoughness (hint: being a girl, body-centered family, being not-straight in a conservative Christian family)
- How a yoga activism training launched a calling for change
- A curriculum written on a barf bag on the plane, and how it started an international movement
- Using our past experiences to build resilience and connection
- Yoga and meditation created fertile soil for her work
- Learning humility through launching an organization “without skills”
- Clawing out of a shame spiral: self-compassion and self-forgiveness
- “Sneak attacks” of insidious thoughts women have about their bodies
- Being curious on our spiritual path and where our physical body fits in
- Women boldly owning their leadership qualities
More about Dr. Melody:
Melody Moore, Ph.D., RYT is a social entrepreneur, a licensed Clinical Psychologist, yoga teacher, author, and speaker. She is the founder of the Embody Love Movement Foundation, a non-profit whose mission is to empower girls and women to celebrate their inner beauty, commit to kindness, and contribute to meaningful change in the world. She has trained 20 trainers and over 500 facilitators to activate the mission of Embody Love Movement across the US, Europe, and Australia.
Dr. Moore’s work has been featured in the books Yoga and Body Image (eds. Klein and Guest-Jelly) and Yoga and Eating Disorders: Ancient Healing for Modern Illness (eds. Costin and Kelly) as well as National Geographic Magazine, Yoga Journal, Yoga International, Mantra, Elephant Journal, and Origin Magazine. She created the collegiate BodyImage3D program for Tri-Delta, which is experienced by every sophomore member.
She is a National Eating Disorder Association’s advice columnist, an advisor for World Muse, and a faculty member for Off the Mat, Into the World, a social-profit that empowers leaders to become conscious activists. In 2015, she was featured as one of ten “Game Changers” by the Yoga Journal and chosen as one of 100 “Most Influential Global Leaders Empowering Women Worldwide” by EBW2020.
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