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.
Yoga teacher Stanley shares her path to becoming a yogi and embracing looking different from the lean practitioners typically shown in the media. This mix of memoir and guide is suffused with Stanley's enthusiasm and honesty. Part one reveals her early encounters with yoga, along with the discouragement that stemmed from being a "fat girl"; it goes back to her childhood eating habits and family life, and also includes an honest, vulnerable FAQ ("What if I'm the fattest person in the class and everyone stares at me?"). Part two includes Stanley's witty nutshell history of modern yoga and breaks down the different styles and recommends useful clothing, mats, and props. Part three is devoted to the "ABCs of Asana," or yoga postures, and also recommends asking "How do I feel?" rather than "How do I look?" In part four, Stanley teaches readers to do yoga on their own by sharing stories of her own triumphs. In part five, Stanley reminds readers that everyone struggles while doing yoga, including her. This touching work is a must for those new to yoga, no matter their age or body type.
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Every Body Yoga is an illuminating how-to-book, for anyone wanting to learn yoga. This instructional guide is much more, though than just a book on yoga poses. Every Body Yoga is Jessamyn Stanley’s life story. Jessamyn shares her experiences, her struggles, her agony and her accomplishments with the reader.
The author’s devotion and desire to teach the beginner is clearly depicted in this book. She has detailed yoga illustrations, and inspirational words of encouragement sprinkled throughout it. Jessamyn not only coaches her readers to work and achieve each pose, she discloses the difficulties that she had with them also.
Jessamyn conveys to the reader how yoga, centered her, especially during wearisome times in her life; and how she was able to transition from self-loathing to self-acceptance to self-love.
The author’s passion comes through with each page of this book. Jessamyn clearly demonstrates for the reader, how yoga is for everyone and every body. Highly recommended.
Many thanks, to the publisher and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy!