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Every Body Yoga : : let go of Fear, get on the Mat, Love Your Body

Stanley, Jessamyn. Book - 2017 613.704 St, Adult Book / Nonfiction / Health & Fitness / Exercise / Stanley, Jessamyn None on shelf 2 requests on 4 copies Community Rating: 5 out of 5

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Why did I write this book? -- Let's get warmed up -- What the hell is this? -- Jessamyn's ABCs of Asana -- Okay, but how can I do this on my own? -- Is it really that simple?
"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 fullcolor. 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 toEnergize 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 yogaand how to weave it seamlessly into his or her life"-- Provided by publisher.


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Body Positive Yoga Practice submitted by howarde on June 17, 2017, 1:52pm I found Jessamyn Stanley through social media a few months before this book came out. I wasn't sure if it was for me, but I find her to be an interesting person so I put myself on the hold list. This book is as much about Stanley's own journey to self-love as much as it is about yoga--or rather, for her, the two are intertwined. She talks frankly about challenges in her life that caused or were symptoms of self-hatred and body negativity, including deaths in her family, getting a DUI, going through round after round of Weight Watchers, and being rejected from a pre-teen beauty pageant. This book will appeal especially to women and people of color who have found themselves excluded from American society's very narrow beauty standards.

But there is also much here for a person who wants to begin or revitalize their yoga practice. Even after I've returned the book to the library, I still incorporated poses and sequences that I learned from this book into my yoga practice. I find the sequences to strike the right balance between do-able and butt-kicking, with lots of room for growth.

Stanley's style is very chatty, colloquial, and funny. I'll also warn that her style includes a lot of profanity. Depending on how you feel about profanity, you might find this book hilarious or unreadable. I would recommend this book as a gift for young people because Stanley's message is so needed, but you would want to exercise your discretion in giving it to a teenager.

5 of 5 stars submitted by cullerth on July 11, 2018, 12:11am Jessamyn Stanley is the epitome of bad@$$. This book consists of her personal essays on her yoga journey interspersed with poses and sequences. You quickly begin to see that Jess' yoga journey is inseparable from her personal experiences as a queer, plus size, woman of color. It's no secret that yoga is currently marketed mainly to thin, white, conventionally attractive women as an exercise routine - something that Jessamyn points out and calls b.s. on. Jess brings readers back around to the idea that yoga can have benefits for every type of person and body beyond merely the physical. I appreciate that she discusses the historical roots of yoga as a spiritual practice and recommends some of the foundational texts for a deeper dive.

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New York : Workman Publishing, 2017.
Year Published: 2017
Description: 222 p.
Language: English
Format: Book


Hatha yoga.
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