"Every Body Yoga reminds us osf what the ancient yogis knew: You are worthy and capable of starting yoga NOW. You need no special qualification to begin. Jessamyn's honesty and vulnerability as a story teller 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. Meet the unforgettable Jessamyn Stanley. A yogi who breaks all the sterotypes. Jessamyn is a charismatic teacher who shares her personal story in a yoga book that breaks all the stereotypes. Every Body Yoga is a book of inspiration for beginners, of all shapes and sizes-through her indomitalble spirit, Jessamyn convinces us that yoga isn't just possible, it's necessary, and we can all join in. 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, with easy-to-follow directions to 50 basic yoga poses plus ten sequences to practice at home. But most of all it's a book ta changes the paradigm, showing us that yoga isn't about how one looks, but how one feels. Jessamyn shares deeply personal, emotional stories-childhood dreams of becoming a beauty queen, the sudden loss of a beloved family member-with each one leading to a yoga flow that she uses when she needs to access a certain feeing: "I want to energize my spirit," "I need to release fear," "I want to love myself."; Taken all together, it's a body-positive, personal, accessible, often hilarious; and always emotionally uplifting approach that will help all people weave yoga seemlessly into their lives. "Jessamyn inspires not only me but everyone she enriches 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 Hollliday, model and founder of #EffYourBeautyStandards; "Jessamyn takes a practice that can intimadate 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. Jessamyn Stanley is an internationally recognized teacher, award-winning Instagram personality (@mynameisjessamyn), and body-positive advocate who's been featured on Good Moring America and in New York, Glamour, Shape, and People. Learn how to take a class and more at Jessamynstanley.com; "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."-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."-Katheryn Budig, author of Aim True and The Big Book of Yoga. "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 Strata Yoga. In a yoga book unlike any other, the irrepressible teacher Jessamyn Stanley shows us that yoga isn't just an exercise. Her school of yoga-yoga for every body, regardless of ability, body type, age, or experience-is about a whole way of life, bold, empowered, and emotionally and physically authentic.
Contents; Why did I write this book?; Part 1: Let's get warmed up; "Hey, Jessamyn, how do I start practicing yoga?; "Is this a cult?"; The elephant in the room; Questions asked by (literally) every beginner yoga student; Part 2: What the heall is tis?; The history of modern yoga, in a nutshell; What the fuck is the eight-limbed path?; Which yoga practice should I choose?; What shoud I buy?; Questions asked by (literally) every beginner yoga student; Part 3: Jessamyn's ABCs of asana; Getting started with asana; The poses-Standing poses; Balance basics; Hamstrings and core; Hips; Backbends; Restore; Questions asked by (literally) every beginner yoga student; Part 4: Okay, but how can I do this on my own?; How I learned my asana ABCs; Bring it on, bitch-Sequence: Sun salutation A and B; The oreo-Sequence: I want to get started; Jessamyn Stanley, pre-teen beauty queen-Sequence: I want to stand strong; A Chick-fil-A bandit walks into weight watchers-Sequence: I need to feel balanced; Tabor City funerals-Sequence : I want to see the world from another angle; A yoga practice grows in Durham-Sequence: I want to energize my spirit; Self-acceptance: The taboo-Sequence: I need to release fear; The scarlet A-Sequence: I need to chill the F out; One is the magic number-Sequence: I need to love myself; Part 5: Is it really that simple?; Index; Acknowledgments