Jessamyn Stanley is a plus-sized African-American yoga instructor, writer, social media influencer, and podcast host. A self-described “fat femme”, she is working towards breaking the stereotypes about beauty within the yoga community. As a yoga teacher, she is involved with the Durham Yoga Company in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, offers online yoga classes via the CodyApp.com platform, and also travels around the world to teach yoga. She published the book 'Every Body Yoga: Let Go Of Fear, Get On The Mat, Love Your Body' in 2017 and is currently writing its sequel. She also delivers lectures about body politics at national conferences, brand market research discussions, and university speaking engagements. She recently hosted a Stitcher Premium advice podcast about the realities of living the 'yoga lifestyle' in the 21st century. She has served as the brand ambassador for Kotex, Lane Bryant, and Motrin on their national campaigns. She also aims to fill in the "gaping style holes in the plus size apparel industry" by developing her own eponymous plus size athletic wear line. In 2016, she received the 'Healthy Living' award at the '8th Annual Shorty Awards'. She has gathered over 365k followers on her Instagram profile.
Leading wellness thought-leader, author and co-founder of ‘The Underbelly’, Jessamyn Stanley joined host Olivia Horton in honor of National Yoga Day. Learn more about her new book “Yoke” by clicking here.
Students gathered in Penn State's Intramural Building Tuesday for a yoga practice full of body positivity and acceptance — "Love Your Body Yoga" — to celebrate the beginning of Women’s History Month. Penn State’s Gender and Equity Center hosted the yoga session, which was led by Jessamyn...
By the time I got into yoga, I’d eaten my fill of diet culture’s bullshit. I was a textbook yo-yo dieter all through my undergrad years, but by the time I got into yoga, I’d pretty much given up on the endless rat race of weight loss. I was reading the works of Lesley Kinzel, Marianne Kirby, and Virgie Tovar, and I started trying to define body acceptance for myself.
The global wellness industry is worth over $4.5 trillion—that’s a lot of skin-care products, yoga mats, and smoothie bowls that purport to make us happier, healthier people. And with goalposts that are so shiny (who doesn’t want to live a longer, better life?), many of us have become all too eager to opt in, filling our carts and schedules with more name-brand leggings, fitness classes, facials, things.