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Amber Karnes

Humans of Mettamade is a recurring project that highlights individuals who are actively engaged in the body positivity + body peace space.

Q: Why Mettamade?

I do my best to support brands that share my values. It feels great to wear Mettamade because you’re a socially and environmentally conscious company. I love that you make clothing in a wide range of sizes, use sustainable fabrics, and produce the clothing using ethical labour practices.

I also absolutely love the designs and fabric. The clothing looks, feels, and wears so well that I know I’ll continue to incorporate Mettamade garments for many years to come.

 

Q: Tell us about your body positivity journey.

The past 15+ years have been a path away from diet culture and self-loathing and toward self-acceptance and body positivity – a journey of making peace with my body and helping others to do the same. 

The work of many activists, writers, and thinkers in the fat acceptance and Health At Every Size community (online and off) have been a huge part of my education, and the practice of yoga has been central to that journey. Yoga helped me see my body as an ally, as my partner in crime. To accept myself – imperfect, flawed, human – and come out on top to live a life without shame or apology. It helped me build trust in my body so that I knew in my bones, it was a good, safe, powerful place to live.

I also know that for me, the most powerful experiences of body peace and rebuilding trust happen in community with other like-hearted humans who are going through the same things. 

Q: How do you incorporate body positivity into your life/work?

I’m the founder of Body Positive Yoga. I train yoga teachers and other movement educators to create accessible and equitable spaces for wellness, liberation, and belonging. Through the Body Positive Clubhouse and my retreats, I also coach with folks who want to build unshakable confidence and learn to live without shame or apology in the bodies they have today. 

Q: Tell us about your capsule wardrobe.

Right now I’m drawn to really simple. One-piece stuff. Monochromatic. Things like a black jumpsuit, perfectly fitted jeans, quality t-shirts, a leather motorcycle jacket, combat boots. For my yoga teaching wardrobe, I’m pretty much always in leggings and a flowy top (including the Monet top, of course).

Q: What’s your favourite Mettamade piece?

The maxi dress! I love the adjustable design (I’m super short in the torso so usually the waistline on these types of dresses is too low for me), the fit, the drape and weight of the fabric. It’s perfection!

Q: What’s one piece of advice you can give to others on their body peace journey?

Be in community with others going through the same journey. It’s hard to swim upstream all the time in a dominant culture that’s literally financially profits off your isolation and self-hate. 

The life you imagine? It already exists. Many have come before you and me to do this work of body peace, and many will come after. And the good news is, we are not alone. 

In my experience, when you find your people and are in community, it’s a little easier to feel understood, be able to build unshakable confidence, and finally live life on your own terms. The best part is? You won't be doing it alone. 

Community is in our DNA. So share your story. Talk to others who are swimming upstream with you. Lean on one another. Find your people. Help each other be unstoppable.

Amber Karnes is the founder of Body Positive Yoga. She’s a yoga teacher trainer, ruckus maker, 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 folks 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 Baltimore, Maryland, with her husband Jimmy.

You can find her at bodypositiveyoga.com.