Amber Karnes

Amber Karnes is the founder of Body Positive Yoga. She’s a ruckus maker, yoga teacher, social justice advocate, and a lifelong student of her body. Amber trains yoga teachers and studio owners how to create accessible and equitable spaces for wellness and liberation. She also coaches with human beings who want to build unshakable confidence and learn to live without shame or apology in the bodies they have today. She's the co-creator of Yoga For All Teacher Training, an Accessible Yoga trainer, and a sought-after expert on the topics of accessibility, authentic marketing, culture-shifting, and community-building. She lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband Jimmy. You can find her at bodypositiveyoga.com.

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Q&A by Amber Karnes


What can I do as a yogi to make my yoga class and studio a more approachable place for everyone? What can I do as a yogi to make my yoga class and studio a more approachable place for everyone? What can I do as a yogi to make my yoga class and studio a more approachable place for everyone? What can I do as a yogi to make my yoga class and studio a more approachable place for everyone?


There is a lot of work to do around creating a studio space that invites all to practice there. Make sure that your teaching staff reflects...

I want to get into yoga, but I don't fit the stereotyped yoga body. Do you have any advice to help me get started? I want to get into yoga, but I don't fit the stereotyped yoga body. Do you have any advice to help me get started? I want to get into yoga, but I don't fit the stereotyped yoga body. Do you have any advice to help me get started? I want to get into yoga, but I don't fit the stereotyped yoga body. Do you have any advice to help me get started?


I would first say that if you have a body, yoga is available to you. The practice by nature is accessible, no matter what yoga marketing or...

What can I do as a yoga teacher to make my class more accessible to yogis of all body types? What can I do as a yoga teacher to make my class more accessible to yogis of all body types? What can I do as a yoga teacher to make my class more accessible to yogis of all body types? What can I do as a yoga teacher to make my class more accessible to yogis of all body types?


Making yoga more accessible is a process of learning and unlearning as well as being open to expanding your understanding of movement in...

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