Inclusive and Accessible Fitness with Vysh Sivakumaran - Episode 1

Fitness in Place Co-Founder, Vysh Sivakumaran joins Beth Alexander this week to chat about accessible movement. Vysh shares with us her fitness journey and how becoming an entrepreneur helped her create an inclusive community for herself and her clients. Fitness in Place operates on a sliding scale basis to be more obtainable to the community they serve. They strive to make a safe space for all folks to be able to explore their own strengths. Curious about Fitness in Place? Use promo code FIRST-FREE to get your first class free. 

Vysh Bio: 

Vysh is a leader in the Toronto fitness community -- working to create inclusive and accessible fitness classes, along with her partner Pat, through their virtual platform called Fitness in Place (@fitness_in_place). She advocates passionately for representation in the industry for South Asian women, but more broadly, aims to be a voice for all people who may face barriers in the wellness. She recently was awarded the Canfitpro's Fitness Professional of the Year Award for Personal Training Specialist due to her quick adaptation to serve her community through Fitness In Place and trauma-informed Yoga practice at the start of the pandemic.

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Books referenced in podcast: 

The Body Is Not An Apology: The Power of Radical Self Love by Sonya Renee Taylor

Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia by Sabrina Strings 

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Reena Parekh: 

Roz the Diva:  

Trainings mentioned in the Podcast

Trauma Sensitive Yoga: 

Intuitive Eating: 



7:38 “We offer invitational spaces for you to sort of explore your body. As well as offering choices for you to also understand what feels good, and what doesn’t.”

7:48 “In terms of the personal training world, usually there is this directive language, like ‘Do this and do that.’ Where as in a trauma informed world we tend to just say ‘Hey perhaps you want to lift your arm and stretch to the left, or perhaps you don’t.’”

10:00 “In the fitness industry I have not felt like there has been space made for me to thrive and made for me to feel good about my career. So in that, the challenge is that I had to create space for myself.”

13:34 “We say ‘Hey, like, come as you can, and show up as you are. We’ll meet you where you’re at.’”

24:33 “A Smiling Soul is one that is resilient.”



Host/Producer: Beth Alexander

Guest: Vysh Sivakumaran

Editor: Ash Jeane



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