Every Body Yoga: Let Go Of Fear, Get On The Mat, Love Your Body. by Jessamyn StanleyEvery Body Yoga: Let Go Of Fear, Get On The Mat, Love Your Body. by Jessamyn Stanley

Every Body Yoga: Let Go Of Fear, Get On The Mat, Love Your Body.

byJessamyn Stanley

Paperback | April 4, 2017

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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.

As an internationally recognized yoga teacher and Instagram star, Jessamyn Stanley conducts yoga workshops across the country, teaching students of all shapes, sizes, and colors how to make yoga a permanent part of their lives. A rising media favorite, Jessamyn has been profiled and featured by a wide range of international and nationa...
Title:Every Body Yoga: Let Go Of Fear, Get On The Mat, Love Your Body.Format:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 8.5 × 6.5 × 0.5 inPublished:April 4, 2017Publisher:Workman Publishing CoLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0761193111

ISBN - 13:9780761193111

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Real It's nice to have to have an instructive book with a personal touch. Jessamyn's stories are inspiring and encouraging. It's also nice that the instruction poses are photographed with models of all shapes and sizes, including Jessamyn herself. This is an body positive, inclusive yoga practice book. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-02-22

Read from the Book

WHY DID I WRITE THIS BOOK? In the summer of 2012, I was an unemployed grad-school dropout and relatively new to yoga. I enjoyed going to classes, but like many other yoga students who look “different,” I always left the studio feeling a vague sense of discrimination at the hands of my teachers and fellow students. I was also strapped for cash and could barely afford the occasional drop-in class. So I turned my focus to developing a home practice. I began photographing and documenting my yoga asana practice and posting the shots on Instagram. At the time, Instagram was a fairly new kind of social media, but there was already a small community of yoga teachers and practitioners who were using the app to share their home practices. I quickly found my place in this virtual community and with it, a sense of inclusion and encouragement that I’d never felt in any live yoga class. That’s when everything changed. I became ravenous for information beyond the physical poses I’d encountered in studio classes. I studied anatomy, the history of yoga, and the evolution of various yoga lineages. I got certified as a yoga instructor. Today, I have the incredible privilege to travel the world teaching the practice I love so much.  As much as social media has given me, it shouldn’t be the only source of inspiration for people who don’t fit the typical yoga mold. That’s why I wrote this book. Because all yoga bodies deserve to be represented in print, not just those that are slender, female, and white. I wrote this book for every fat person, every old person, and every exceptionally short person. I wrote it for every person who has called themselves ugly and every person who can’t accept their beauty. I wrote it for every person who is self-conscious about their body. I wrote it for every human being who struggles to find happiness on a daily basis, and for anyone who has ever felt overwhelmed by the mere act of being alive. I’ve been there. We all have. Yoga is for everybody and EVERY BODY. You don’t have to be thin and you don’t have to be fat. You don’t have to be a specific color or commit to a specific diet. You don’t have to earn (or have access to) a certain amount of money. You don’t have to embody anything other than your truest and most honest self in order to practice yoga. You don’t have to omit the sadness, the anger, and all of the other “ugly” emotions that flavor our lives. You don’t have to be anyone other than yourself. And I think it’s high time that someone shouted it loud enough so everyone can hear.

Table of Contents


. . . viii

“Hey, Jessamyn, How Do I Start Practicing Yoga?” . . . 3
“Is This a Cult?” . . . 8
The Elephant in the Room . . . 15
Questions Asked by (Literally) Every Beginner Yoga Student . . . 20

The History of Modern Yoga, in a Nutshell . . . 29
What the Fuck Is the Eight-Limbed Path? . . . 35
Which Yoga Practice Should I Choose? . . . 40
What Should I Buy? . . . 47
Questions Asked by (Literally) Every Beginner Yoga Student . . . 52

Getting Started with Asana . . . 63
The Poses . . . 73
Standing Poses . . . 74
Balance Basics . . . 88
Hamstrings and Core . . 94
Hips . . . 104
Backbends . . . 114
Restore . . . 124
Questions Asked by (Literally) Every Beginner Yoga Student . . . 132

How I Learned My Asana ABCs . . . 139
Bring It On, Bitch . . . 140
Sequence: Sun Salutation A . . . 144
Sequence: Sun Salutation B . . . 148
The Oreo . . . 153
Sequence: I Want to Get Started . . . 158
Jessamyn Stanley, Pre-Teen Beauty Queen . . . 160
Sequence: I Want to Stand Strong  . . . 166
A Chick-fil-A Bandit Walks into Weight Watchers . . . 168
Sequence: I Need to Feel Balanced  . . . 176
Tabor City Funerals . . . 178
Sequence: I Want to See the World from Another Angle  . . . 186
A Yoga Practice Grows in Durham . . . 188
Sequence: I Want to Energize My Spirit . . . 192
Self-Acceptance: The Taboo . . . 194
Sequence: I Need to Release Fear . . . 200
The Scarlet A . . . 202
Sequence: I Need to Chill the F Out . . . 206
One Is the Magic Number . . . 208
Sequence: I Need to Love Myself . . . 212

INDEX . . . 220

Editorial Reviews

“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