Όχι οι γιόγκι που βλέπετε συχνά στις σχολές ως δασκάλες δεν είναι απαραίτητο να είναι fit και όμορφες.
Μπορούν να είναι σαν μία από τις διάσημες του είδους Jessamyn Stanley με πολλά κιλά παραπάνω και με followers που θα ζήλευαν τα μεγαλύτερα ονόματα της Γιόγκα παγκοσμίως.
Την ακολουθούν 337. 000 άνθρωποι στο Instagram γιατί απλά είναι εξαιρετική γι΄αυτό που κάνει, γεμάτη ενέργεια και ευελιξία.
Στις μαθήτριες της μαθαίνει πως σημασία έχει πως νιώθουν και όχι πως δείχνουν. Ρίξτε μία ματιά.
When I embrace my period, I’m embracing my feminine power. Each month is an opportunity to remember that I can climb any mountain and topple every obstacle-I have to accept my internal power and make it shine through. I’m strong BECAUSE of my period, not in spite of it. @ubykotex is dedicated to releasing the stigmas of periods- share YOUR story using the #FindYourFitness hashtag and get a free coupon for New U by Kotex® FITNESS* tampons, pads and liners with the link in my profile!
Yesterday’s trip to visit my @greatist fam with the @ubykotex team turned into a supported puppy yoga class. Frankly, it’s hard to know who is providing support- me or @sir.mitts.a.lot. Sure, he’s sitting on my chest. But my chest is still heaving from the loss of a creature who gave me life. So really, @sir.mitts.a.lot- you’re doing the heavy emotional lifting here. I’m teaching two classes at @kalanioceanside during #hawaiiyogafestival- 10/11 at 10:30am & 10/14 at 8:45am- I’m also speaking on a keynote panel and will just generally be lurking around Big Island all week. Am I stoked? YOU HAVE NO IDEA. Check out jessamyn stanley.com/retreatsandfestivals or click the link above to get tickets! Also, Love and light to Mexico. I am lifting you up with whatever I’ve got. Leggings- @temaathletics Bra- @torridfashion
I’ve been holding my personal practice hostage for months, to the point where I regularly refuse to practice yoga poses in professional photo shoots. I’m sure this has irritated a lot of people- in fact, I know it has. But count the fucks I don’t give. This practice gives me life- that’s not hyperbole and this shit isn’t a game. I don’t really care if social media has a record of it. Lately, the best moments of my personal practice haven’t been witnessed by anyone but my cats and my angel pup. But yesterday, after a day of work + flying into NYC, I hopped on my mat right after checking into my hotel. As usual, I was still wearing my sweaty morning yoga clothes bc ska habits die hard. This shoulder opening (inspired by 👑@saraclarkyoga) felt pure and necessary and, for the first time in ages, I turned on my camera to capture it. Btw, This sports bra is @ddlovato x @fabletics and it’s kinda everything.
My participation in Winston-Salem’s @bookmarksnc festival this weekend is proving to be full circle af for yours truly. I may be a proud Greensboro native but I’m also a @salemacademy alum (team purple forever and ever, amen.) Plus, I started practicing yoga while doing my grad work at @uncsa. My grad school years were an emotional wind tunnel- I was trapped in an identity crisis, drinking heavily and actively engaged in all the components of a psychological meltdown. I left Winston at one of the lowest points of my life thus far and I’ve felt very detached from the city in the years since. I’ve often said that Winston-Salem and I broke up with each other and we share a mutual disdain (if you’ve ever had to «break up» with a living situation/specific location, you know what I’m talking about.) It’s probably the yoga talking but I’m finally getting past my disdain. I grew up so much in Winston-Salem- four years at @salemacademy, learning how to be a boss bitch while making some of the best friends on planet earth. And two years at @uncsa, learning about myself in a way that I didn’t anticipate or appreciate, but which has undoubtedly made me a much better person. Anyway, I’m looking forward to camping out at @krankiescafe with my laptop, strolling through God’s Acre, and forcing @rhymeswithrufio to brunch with me at @marysgourmetdiner. I’m teaching a yoga class on Friday morning at the @miltonrhodescenter (which is apparently sold out?) + I’m talking about #EveryBodyYoga/signing books on Saturday afternoon at Calvary Moravian in downtown WS at 2:45pm- see you there? Photo by @zoelitakerphotography
Can you imagine having your whole fucking city flooded? Me neither, and I’m pretty sure most Texans felt the same way up until the past fortnight. There’s a great need for PLUS SIZE women’s clothing in the Houston area and I’m bout to send a big box of leggings my damn self- if you want to do the same, hit up email@example.com for a safe address to send your donation. Also, @undiesforeveryone in need of underwear and there’s a couple of ways to contribute so our brothers and sisters (especially the young bloods) can have fresh drawers to wear: 1. https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/2O89ZX93OGCSU/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_1 2. Collect new, packaged underwear and mail it to the address below. This is a really great neighborhood or school project. If you’re purchasing, they recommend Hanes or Fruit of the Loom. @undiesforeveryone doesn’t process or give out anything but underwear! Undies for Everyone 1700 Bissonnet St. Houston, TX 77005 3. Give cash and Undies for Everyone will purchase wholesale: https://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/uFpr61ITEItxPeN4Lo9zpA Or if you just want to straight up donate a few bucks (or more, i don’t know your wallet): https://www.youcaring.com/victimsofhurricaneharvey-915053 Seriously. Donate. Find a way to help out. Service to others is the only reason we’re here and don’t let anyone tell you differently. Nothing feels better than helping other people. #yoga Photo by @zoelitakerphotography
It is hard to be confident in yourself. Social media makes it look easy and sometimes even glamorous, but it’s not. My struggle towards self-confidence and self-love is constantly evolving. In my experience, self-hate doesn’t miraculously go away. It takes work. Showing up for that work is what’s most important. So every day, I come back to the drawing board. I wipe away yesterday’s actions and try to release both the good and the bad emotions. I try to be compassionate towards myself. I try to show myself love instead of hate. It is hard. I was not trained to love myself. I’m not good at it. And I don’t live in a world that wants me to love myself. But this work isn’t about a hashtag or a movement- it’s about survival. I must love myself in order to survive. That’s the goal. Everything else is just extra. Proud to celebrate Every Body Beautiful day with @Refinery29 and @LaneBryant #seethe67 Check out their Facebook Live on @Refinery29 at 4pm ET (link in bio) Bra + Panties by @lanebryant Photo by @zoelitakerphotography
There are too many of us that are afraid to exercise during our monthly cycle. I’m always asked what yoga poses are “ok” to practice on your period, and my response is always something like “what poses AREN’T ok to practice?” Sure, there are some shapes your body might not want/need to make while your uterus is shedding. But yoga is about coming into a true connection with your body and what better time to do so than when you’re in the ultimate state of feminine awakening? Don’t avoid practicing poses during your cycle – listen to your body and find your own flow! @ubykotex is dedicated to releasing the stigmas of periods + fitness- share YOUR story using the #FindYourFitness hashtag and get a free sample of New U by Kotex® FITNESS* tampons, pads and liners with the link in my profile! #ad #FindYourFITNESS
«How was your book tour, Jessamyn?» Well, it wasn’t just one thing and there’s no way for me to actually describe it. I wrote about a few things that stuck out on my tumblr- link is in the header above. Here are a few selections: 2. In Athens, GA, I taught a yoga class at @centercityballet and seeing the ballet students before my class reminded me of when I was the fattest kid in my dance class and our costumes almost always involved midriff baring and I was so self-conscious of my chubby belly that I would pull my hip huggin spandex pants up to my belly button and I had a perpetual spandex camel toe. 5. During my tour stop in Boulder, CO, I stayed at this insanely cool Denver hotel called @theartahotel. I was busy as shit so I barely got to spend any time there, but it was a very cool hotel and y’all should stay there if you’re in Denver. 6. In Chicago, I did back to back presentations at a high school in the ‘burbs. Literally every kid in those presentations reminded me of high school Jessamyn. Many of y’all seemed afraid to ask questions during the Q&A which made perfect sense because adults do the same goddamn thing. Most human beings are afraid of each other and nowhere is that made more vivid than the American high school system. 9. Darien, CT. has one of the bougiest and most beautiful libraries I’ve ever seen. Where I was reminded that library science is actually social justice and librarians are out in these streets for real. I have more to say but it’ll come out when it’s time. Every city had POC who verbalized a feeling of complete isolation. I see you. As a POC who operates in a very white world, I have to admit- our shared sense of isolation reads like a victory flag. It’s a sign that assimilation isn’t working and we are resisting. I am happy to be in the struggle with you. The rest is on my tumblr, link above- see you tomorrow at @rva_library MAIN BRANCH at 2pm, Richmond 💋💋 👙 by @bynadiaaboulhosn
Yesterday, @drinkbai premiered a short film about my life as part of their «Unbeliever» series at @tribeca- it’s all about people who roll their eyes at the standards of society and walk on the wild side. After the screening, I was humbled out of my mind to receive the @tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award along with a group of other recipients who individually transcend the idea of inspiration. To say I’m honored would be an understatement. Shout to @henrybusby and the awesome @voyagercreative crew that came down to the Old North State and followed me and my squad around. The full length video makes me smile especially hard at the end because it’s mostly just me and my friends kicking it in our element- you can watch the full video at drinkbai.com/unbelieve and the link is on my instastory!
My strength doesn’t come solely from yoga. And much as I appreciate the spoils of industry and capitalism, I don’t think humans are supposed to exist in boxes. We’re meant to frolic among the elements. In order to feel like a happy and functioning human being, I require quality time in nature- and when I’m home in the Old North State, that usually means I’m wandering through the hills surrounding the Eno River or splashing like a five year old in the streams. I’m not the most time efficient hiker and I’m a very lazy swimmer- but it’s all good bc I’m not in it for the accolades. The joy I feel when I’m outside is unparalleled- it’s the only place where I truly feel like my most authentic self. There’s no way I could try to be a #ForceOfNature on my yoga mat without a distinct connection to the true forces of nature in our universe. My strength isn’t just about moving my body- it’s about making a connection to the power of this earth. #sponsored @rei Photo by my love @justincookphoto
Y’all, my first book is being released tomorrow by @workmanpub. I’m overwhelmed by all of the nice shit that’s been written about it, not to mention the awesome write-ups in print mags like @elleusa, @bust_magazine, @healthmagazine, & @familycirclemag. Also, apparently there’s already a book club reading it this month and I’m just sitting over here like 😳📕😳📕 Tomorrow’s Bull City tour kick-off at @motorcomh c/o @regulatorbookshop is allegedly sold out, but y’all know how I feel about party crashers- just show up and you’ll probably get in- at the very least you can grab a beer or some sesame udon salad at Parts & Labor. Tell ’em Jessamyn sent you & TIP YOUR BARTENDER PLEASE AND THANK YOU. After that, it’s Nashville’s @parnassusbooks on Wednesday, Raleigh’s @quailridgebooks on Thursday, and a yoga class at #yogafestnc on Saturday- all the info’s on jessamynstanley.com/tour (link is in the header). Anyway, y’all are the best & I’m so excited to meet you. Also USE THE #EVERYBODYYOGA SNAPCHAT FILTER WHEN YOU’RE AT THE EVENTS- it features a half-naked bitmoji Jessamyn doing yoga soooo. Yeah. Let’s spread that shit. You can buy «Every Body Yoga» anywhere fine books are sold. I have waited a long time to say those words. Also, this shameless promotion is inspired by the boys of @thecrookedmedia. Outfit by @vonscher_active Photo by @lydiahudgens
Have y’all listened to this week’s episode of @nprcodeswitch? Their conversation about privilege/allyship reminded me of my own privilege within the queer community and I got in my feelings in an unexpected way. Not too long ago, @baharbecuesauce & I crashed this random party at @21chotels. Bahar and I basically majored in party crashing while in college, so I figured we were on the same page about eating free bougie snacks and taking advantage of the open bar. As I bounced my way through throngs of rando white cisdicks and cisfemmes, I noticed Bahar was not by my side and was instead hovering near the door looking awkward af. I asked why they seemed unenthused about our Artful Dodger antics and they said everyone was staring at us and knew we didn’t belong there. And I was like «UM WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT WE’RE BLENDING IN PERFECTLY» which maaaaay have been a stretch under the circumstances, but this bitch is blind in the face of free pigs in a blanket, ok? Anyway, Bahar gave me side eye & essentially said that maybe my femme privilege was blinding me to reality. And I was forced to manually place my foot in my mouth because BITCH YOU ARE/WERE RIGHT. As much as I don’t want to admit it, I live and breathe many stereotypes and unintentionally pass for cisfemme all the time. Not only that, but I use the accompanying privilege shamelessly. And while I’m inclined to agree w/ @samjaycomic’s assessment on stereotypes, that doesn’t offer a free pass to ignore the world around me. ANYWAY, listening to @nprcodeswitch was the swift kick in the gut that I didn’t know I needed. Get familiar if you haven’t already- it’s more than worth your time. See you tomorrow, @sxsw- I’ll be in @accdtx’s Room 10AB at 3:30pm followed by a book signing at 4pm on the atrium level! I’ll be on @sxsw’s Facebook Live tomorrow around 11am CST talking about my book «Every Body Yoga»- if you want to pre-order + a chance to win a trip to DC or San Francisco to hang out with me during the book tour, click the link in my instagram header! 📸 by bae @zoelitaker Clothes by @additionelle Boots by @lanebryant
Y’all there were so many amazing entries for the @k.deer gift card giveaway. There was no way I could pick just one so I bought two more gift cards ($50 each) for y’all. That means there will be three (yes, three!) giveaway winners including the grand prize $500 gift card winner. Are you excited? I’m really fucking excited. But guess what? I’M NOT ANNOUNCING THE WINNERS UNTIL TOMORROW CHECK YA LATER. 💋💋💋 Throwback to practicing #kapotasana/#ustrasana dropbacks last month. (PS SHAMELESS PLUG You can preorder my book «Every Body Yoga» by clicking the link in my insta header or copy/pasting this link in your browser bit.ly/everybodyyogapreorder)
As much as I love my yoga practice, I haven’t felt compelled to talk about it lately. Frankly, there are more important things going on this world. I mean, the alleged US president has got y’all lit as fuck right now and it 👏🏾is👏🏾 AMAZING. Legit, so many people that I coulda sworn were worshipping yoga leggings five seconds ago have been out in the streets, both physically and metaphorically. And I’m pretty sure most people are being sincere and NOT doing it for instagram photos. (And if you ARE showing up in the streets purely for the sake of an instagram photo……you know what, lemme not even go there because you know who you are and WE know who you are & that’s all that matters.) Anyway, I’m so thrilled to see y’all tuning into the politics of our world. Frankly, that’s the only reason I talk about my personal views. I don’t care if you think the same things as I do. But it’s important to think SOMETHING. This life isn’t all about yoga leggings and juice cleanses and beach retreats. And I know my political opinions piss off some of you. That’s ok, too- I mean, how could we all have the same opinions about everything? But we spend so much time distracted by our trivial material pursuits that we don’t get around to acknowledging our ideological differences. I’ve witnessed so many feuds since the inauguration, and I’m honestly thrilled about it. We’ve all spent way too much time pussyfooting around critical issues, and it’s important that we blow up on each other from time to time. ANYWAY, I’m here for the revolution. I just hope it doesn’t end anytime soon because we have a LONG way to go. (And if you think yoga and politics are unrelated and you wish I would just talk about shit that makes you happy, I would implore you to learn more about yoga before incorrectly assuming that its sole purpose is to make you feel happy.) Throwback to that time I thought it would be a great idea to practice #handstand hops in an icey ass parking lot during NC Snowpocalypse 2017. Photo by bae @zoelitaker Leggings & bra by @additionelle Fingers + toes- @yogapaws
I’ll probably never understand why people think internet trolling and fatshaming is an effective method of communication. Don’t they see how stupid it makes them look? Don’t they know that the age old narrative of «obesity=death» is implanted in the mind of literally every human alive? We’re all familiar with it- why are they trying to argue that point and pass it off like new information? Do you think it makes them feel strong and powerful to see their hateful words on a computer screen? Damn, that’s sad. Do they not know that we don’t give a fuck? Actually, lemme not speak on your behalf- don’t they know that I don’t give a fuck? It’s a source of actual confusion for me, and when I see people hop up in my mentions in an attempt to provide education about how I’m (apparently) promoting an unhealthy lifestyle by telling people it’s ok to be happy, fat and athletic, I’m just like «Don’t you have a life to live? Why are you wasting your time shout-typing shit no one cares about?» Thankfully, my yoga practice has helped me find a way to say, «But honestly, Jessamyn- who even cares because the universe is so much bigger than all of this nonsense?» But there’s a piece of me that’s definitely rolling her eyes at the haters and saying, «Why are you letting the world know that you’re a small minded dumbass who needs to have your ego reaffirmed by talking shit about strangers on the internet in the name of health education? Is it that hard to get a life and mind your own business? Because some of y’all make it look damn near impossible.» To those of you who are ready to don your armor and spar with these fools, please don’t feel compelled to argue with trolls on my behalf. They are weak minded, insecure, and suffering from a level of boredom and unhappiness that I truly can’t fathom. It’s really not worth anyone’s time. Life is brief and it shouldn’t be spent battling with idiots. Go out and live in your truth- if we want to argue in the name of a new way to be healthy, there’s no better method at our disposal. Throwback to that time I drank green juice in my Olga Intimates bra #fearlesslyflirty
I’ve always been the type to limit myself when I’m afraid. Especially in my yoga practice- hell, I am STILL the type to limit myself in my practice if I’m scared. But comfort zones don’t really serve us- they keep us protected from the frontiers that can change us for the better. It is so easy to limit ourselves in our yoga practice, but «Get Loud» is an opportunity to discover new strengths in your yoga practice. Only 24 hours left to get over 20% off my new Get Loud yoga series on @codyapp at codyapp.com/getloud or through the link in my bio!
One of y’all asked me an awesomely honest question about how to guide and lead other yoga students when you’re still trying to guide yourself. It’s true, there’s a stereotype in our community that yoga teachers are supposed to be perfect, happy, beautiful, moralistic and pious creatures- kinda like a cross between an angel and a unicorn in stretch pants. But I think that’s a crock of shit. All of the teachers who’ve touched my own practice only did so because they were straight up and honest about their own personal struggles. It’s why I love all my teachers at @ashevilleyogacenter- no matter how long they’ve been practicing yoga, all of them still act like real people with real struggles. And that’s all I ever try to convey when I’m teaching. I’m just trying to get by- I’m not smarter or better than anyone who joins me on the mat. I think it would be much harder for me to feel like teaching yoga on a regular basis if I felt compelled to put on a show and act like someone I’m not. So I guess my answer is….I’m not really trying to guide or lead anyone. I’m just trying to live my truth and live my yoga. And if that inspires some of y’all to live your own truth and live your yoga, that’s rad. But we’re all on our own unique journey- and my inner teacher is just a friend who breathes with you while also trying to figure out who the fuck SHE is, too. Speaking of teaching, @codyapp is offering 30% off my plans, but there’s only a couple of hours left to nab ’em up (my bad…)- use ‘BF2016’ at checkout if you want to sweat off some turkey grease with me. PSSSST DURHAM COUNTY- I’m subbing at @durhamyoga on January 2nd at noon- no worries, I’ll remind you when the day gets closer 💋💋 I saw the magnificent @sweetheathyr working on her #handstand #hollowback and it reminded me of this boomerang I shot last week. Btw, these are the best yoga shorts ever and they’re by @vonscher_active 🍰🍰🍰
Y’all, I’m teaching classes in a bunch of different places this fall, including a new plan of @codyapp classes that will feature a diverse array of body types practicing a wide range of yoga modifications. If you’re in Seattle and want to participate in the @codyapp classes on 10/19 & 10/20, all the spots in these classes are now taken. 💋💋💋 I’m also teaching at Singapore’s St. James Fitness Festival on Nov. 5th AND at @yogajournalevents Yoga Journal LIVE: Florida on Nov. 12- check out jessamynstanley.com/tour for registration info! 📸 by @zoelitaker
I almost cried during my interview with @selfmagazine when they asked about my experience with self hate- honestly, it’s bizarre to me that I’m perceived as such a confident person when I spent such a huge chunk of my life buried under truly toxic body shame. And it’s not like those feelings have completely dissipated- just like anyone, I have ups and downs. And I always roll my eyes whenever people draw the conclusion that yoga is the source of my body confidence. I mean, Instagram is littered with proof that an aggressive yoga asana practice can unintentionally sow the seeds of body negativity. But there’s no doubt that yoga has made me stronger- but the physical strength isn’t really the point, is it? If you want to watch me get choked up and talk about body shame, click the link in my Instagram header! Photo by @nadyawasylko (Btw, I can’t remember who made this sports bikini but I EFFING LOVE IT and need it in every color. I only ever want to practice in my underroos and when the #teamSELF crew said «…are you cool with wearing this?» I almost started frothing at the mouth from excitement. THIS IS WHAT FAT GIRLS WANT. 👙👙)
There are no words to express what it means to have y’all share your love with me. It’s overwhelming at times, especially since I’m such an introvert. But if I could ask for anything in this world, I’d ask that everyone who has ever said something nice to/about me would look in the mirror and say those exact same words to themselves. It is so much easier to tell others «I love you» or «You’re beautiful.» It is so fucking hard to say it to ourselves. Please say it to yourself. Please look in a mirror and say «I love you.» I appreciate you more than words can say- please appreciate yourselves. I’m teaching my first @yogajournal LIVE workshop at @yogajournalevents Florida on November 12th- Click the link in my Instagram header for more info! (Also, never have I ever appreciated and loved my belly the way I do in this moment.) ALSO, for those who asked what my tats say: «Esse Quam Videri», «Whose world is this? The world is yours.» & «What I’m looking for is not out there, it is in me.» 📸 by @nadyawasylko for @selfmagazine