Listen: Kanoa Greene on Creating Spaces for Plus Size Bodies To Do Everything

You’re going to hear from Sarah Piggot on this week’s episode – she was our guest last week and she’s the host this week as we continue to highlight more voices doing big things in body positivity. Coach Kanoa Greene was at the top of Sarah’s list of inspiring humans she wanted to interview for this series.

And there’s a good reason why: she’s getting a lot of attention for modeling her belief in the fact that plus size bodies can do everything through movement and surfing. She spends a lot of the interview talking through what it took for her to learn to surf, which she astutely describes as “riding a piece of fiberglass on moving water.”

As a native of the Hawaiian island of O’ahu, she’d grown up around surfing. But before her, she hadn’t seen anyone who looked like her surfing. So she announced her plan to learn, and “embraced her body every step of the way.”

She’s been featured in Self, Glamour and Essence Magazine and so many other places. Her workouts can be found on the Joyn App – which is a body-inclusive fitness platform that’s getting attention for its body neutrality.

And something you’ll hear about in the episode – she created a series of Plus Size retreats. And while the pandemic caused delays on her plans, she’s currently working on bringing together a group of 25 women on the Greek Island of Crete for a private yoga retreat sept 27-October 2.

“Plus sized women often don’t a space that’s catered just to us,” she said. So she created it.

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About Jeana Anderson Cohen

Jeana Anderson Cohen is the founder and CEO of asweatlife.com a premiere wellness media destination that creates content and community to help womxn live better lives and achieve their goals. Before founding health-focused companies Jeana earned a degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison - and fresh out of college she worked on the '08 Obama campaign in Michigan. From there, she created and executed social media strategies for brands. aSweatLife fuses her experience in building community and her passion for wellness. You can find Jeana leading the team at aSweatLife, trying to join a book club, and walking her dog Maverick.