This week on on the Noble Art of Wellbeing I speak to the inspirational Jessamyn Stanley a yoga teacher, body positive advocate, and writer based in Durham, North Carolina. Self-described as a “yoga enthusiast and fat femme, she is all about changing stereotypes within the yoga community around the world and she is.
“Body-positive yoga” is gaining prominence, there is a burgeoning community of #curvyyoga practitioners on Instagram who boast tens of thousands of engaged followers. Jessamyn, who Instagrams her poses at @mynameisjessamyn, what started as a way to get feedback from other Instayogis on her alignment.
Jessamyn contributes to Elephant Journal, and has been featured in a variety of print and online publications including People, Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, New York Magazine and The Daily Mail.
We talk about becoming a yoga teacher, yoga as a therapy, her journey and the future.
Stanley’s is one of many individuals helping to grow an online community that will help to change the face of yoga.
“I think that it’s just so critical for people to be able to see different kinds of bodies doing things that they did not initially believe that they’re capable of,” Stanley says. “We are shown as a society that having a curvaceous body is a problem, that it’s something you have to change.”