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From the unforgettable teacher Jessamyn Stanley comes Every Body Yoga, a book that breaks all the stereotypes.
It’s a book of inspiration for beginners of all shapes and sizes: If Jessamyn could transcend these emotional and physical barriers, so can we.
It’s a book for readers already doing yoga, looking to refresh their practice or find new ways to stay motivated.
It’s a how-to book: Here are easy-to-follow directions to 50 basic yoga poses and 10 sequences to practice at home, all photographed in full color.
It’s a book that challenges the larger issues of body acceptance and the meaning of beauty.
Most of all, it’s a book that changes the paradigm, showing us that yoga isn’t about how one looks, but how one feels, with yoga sequences like “I Want to Energize My Spirit,” “I Need to Release Fear,” “I Want to Love Myself.”
Jessamyn Stanley, a yogi who breaks all the stereotypes, has built a life as an internationally recognized yoga teacher and award-winning Instagram star by combining a deep understanding for yoga with a willingness to share her personal struggles in a way that touches everyone who comes to know her. Now she brings her body-positive, emotionally uplifting approach to yoga in a book that will help every reader discover the power of yoga and how to weave it seamlessly into his or her life.
About the Author
is an internationally acclaimed leading voice in wellness. Jessamyn is highly sought after for her insights on 21st century yoga and intersectional identity as a queer Black woman. Jessamyn founded her company, The Underbelly
, a virtual yoga studio and online shop (available by web, iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, & Amazon Fire) to help individuals tune in with themselves and live authentically. The Underbelly is a home for "wellness misfits" who may feel displaced, discouraged, or overlooked due to a lack of diversity in the health and fitness community. The brand has quickly gained notoriety for its inclusive approach towards physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
She is a regular contributor for SELF Magazine and is consistently featured in many media outlets, including The New York Times, CNN, Good Morning America, Vogue, InStyle, BET, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Allure, Shape, Out Magazine, and Forbes to name a few. Jessamyn also hosts a bi-weekly cannabis-inspired advice podcast titled Dear Jessamyn, where she offers fresh perspectives on relationships and lifestyles for anyone living and loving outside the box.
“Thirty-six million people practice yoga in the U.S., and Jessamyn Stanley knows they cannot all be size 2.” —TIME
“Jessamyn Stanley’s Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get on the Mat, Love Your Body (Workman) is a clever memoir of a millennial woman’s search for self-acceptance hidden within a beginner’s guide to asana yoga.” —ELLE
“This touching work is a must for those new to yoga, no matter their age or body type.” —Publishers Weekly
“Stanley’s playful tone and personal, approachable advice provide a warm welcome to her historical, technical, and altogether different guide to yoga.” —Booklist
“This uplifting volume makes yoga approachable.” —Library Journal
“Stanley’s refreshing perspective reminds all of us that you are always worthy and capable, and you never needed any special qualifications or permission to begin yoga (or anything else, for that matter).” —Philadelphia Inquirer
“Both a memoir and beginner’s guide, written in Stanley’s no-nonsense voice and featuring an inclusive cast of models.” —Fast Company, 100 Most Creative People In Business 2017
“Through her own experience and passion, Jessamyn Stanley invites everyone to join in the healing practice of yoga. Start where you are is the beautiful message of her book. Pass it on!” —Tara Stiles, founder of Strala Yoga
“Jessamyn Stanley is the wake-up call everyone needs. Her message speaks loud and clear, not only to those interested in yoga, but to everyone interested in truly, boldly, genuinely, living their life. If you have ever felt held back by shame or fear, if you want to step outside your comfort zone, or if you just need to spend time with someone who gets it—and will challenge you to get it, too—then you will find a kindred spirit in Jessamyn.” —Kelsey Miller, author of Big Girl
“A yoga body is, quite simply, a body that does yoga. In Every Body Yoga, Jessamyn makes this abundantly, imperatively, and refreshingly clear.” —Kathryn Budig, author of Aim True and The Big Book of Yoga
“Every Body Yoga reminds us of what the ancient yogis knew: That you are worthy and capable of starting yoga NOW. You need no special qualification to begin. You are ready! Jessamyn’s honesty and vulnerability as a storyteller sweeps you up into the wonders of yoga and the curious way this practice is truly different for each person who is brave enough to enter its doors.” —Amy Ippoliti, yoga teacher, author, and earth activist
“Jessamyn inspires not only me but everyone she reaches with her message: that yoga truly is for everyone. For so long we've been shown a certain type of "yoga body" and it's just not a reality--Jessamyn is proof---thank goodness!! I'm so grateful for her work.” —Tess Holliday, model and founder of #EffYourBeautyStandars
"Jessamyn takes a practice that can intimidate some and alienate others…and makes it accessible, inclusive and extraordinary." —Jes Baker, author of Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls
"Every Body Yoga is an honest and empowering book that shatters paralyzing stereotypes … What a liberating call to experience yoga just as you are!" —Susan Moses, celebrity stylist and author of The Guide to Dressing Curves