Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear. Get On the Mat. Love Your Body. by Jessamyn Stanley

Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear. Get On the Mat. Love Your Body.

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 ho...

Title:Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear. Get On the Mat. Love Your Body.
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ISBN:0761193111
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:232 pages

Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear. Get On the Mat. Love Your Body. Reviews

  • Kelly
    Dec 08, 2016

    Real, raw, and empowering. Stanley not only offers up compelling arguments for starting a yoga practice and a guidebook through which anyone can begin, but she offers up deeply personal stories about her own life, about hitting rock bottoms, about accepting herself as she is and loving herself because of those things. A powerful book to hand to anyone who has dealt with feeling like they don't fit in or their bodies are "wrong" for any reason. Also a powerful book for those curious about yoga bu

    Real, raw, and empowering. Stanley not only offers up compelling arguments for starting a yoga practice and a guidebook through which anyone can begin, but she offers up deeply personal stories about her own life, about hitting rock bottoms, about accepting herself as she is and loving herself because of those things. A powerful book to hand to anyone who has dealt with feeling like they don't fit in or their bodies are "wrong" for any reason. Also a powerful book for those curious about yoga but are only conscious of the media's representation of yoga (thin, pretty white ladies). Stanley is a treasure and her voice is outstanding.

    I can't wait to have a finished copy to underline all of the brilliant nuggets of wisdom.

  • Elaine
    Nov 27, 2016

    I need a paper copy of this amazing book! This is the inspirational story of someone who struggled to fit into the classic image of a yoga practitioner but was resilient and determined, so much so that she truly is inspiration in encouraging others to persevere and have a go. The book is part memoir about the author’s experiences and also celebrates some of her achievements, gives background information on the different types of yoga and equipment options but it is also a fun guide to basic yoga

    I need a paper copy of this amazing book! This is the inspirational story of someone who struggled to fit into the classic image of a yoga practitioner but was resilient and determined, so much so that she truly is inspiration in encouraging others to persevere and have a go. The book is part memoir about the author’s experiences and also celebrates some of her achievements, gives background information on the different types of yoga and equipment options but it is also a fun guide to basic yoga poses. The memoirs are written in a conversational style, you could imagine Jessamyn Stanley is chatting to you about it all whilst reading them. I admit to not appreciating the repeated use of a certain (f) word but that’s me being me and I know most people won’t worry about it.

    One of the best bits about the poses is that they aren’t demonstrated by the stereotypical skinny, flexible blonde but by all shapes and sizes of people. The instructions are clear and easy to follow, the photos motivating, I’d never tried yoga before but even I could follow these! This is a book for everybody, regardless of their body shape and it certainly one I’ll be looking out for when it is actually released. It even has an inspirational tag line - “Let Go of Fear. Get On the Mat. Love Your Body.” I intend trying to do just that! Hope it inspires others, too.

    Many thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for gifting me an ARC of this novel with no obligation. This is my honest review.

  • Diana
    Dec 07, 2016

    There is a lot that I like about this book, and the funny thing is taht I learnt of this amazing woman before getting the chance of reading the book, and I was already in awe: she had to struggle as she didn't seem to fit in the "clasical, stereotypical" image of a yoga practitioner, but she kept on and after various struggles she won. She showed the world you don't need to be skinny, or white, or spend tns of money on clothes or equipment to practise yoga and have fun and relax doing it.

    So I li

    There is a lot that I like about this book, and the funny thing is taht I learnt of this amazing woman before getting the chance of reading the book, and I was already in awe: she had to struggle as she didn't seem to fit in the "clasical, stereotypical" image of a yoga practitioner, but she kept on and after various struggles she won. She showed the world you don't need to be skinny, or white, or spend tns of money on clothes or equipment to practise yoga and have fun and relax doing it.

    So I liked that the book presented us with sort of a bio/memoir about the author's experience with all of the above, celebrating how she kept going on and struggling to get where she was and her accomplishments, and also presenting an array of yoga poses demonstrated by her.

    To be honest, I still have to give them a go, but it is cool to know there is this book to help out, so much with the yoga as with the motivation of keeping on to get where you want to be :)

  • Kristie
    Jan 28, 2017

    I thought I may not want to continue reading this book in the very beginning. Jessamyn started out talking out her first yoga class and how miserable it was. I was not feeling it. Fortunately, I knew that this book would not continue to discuss how much she did not like yoga and so I continued.

    The first half of the book was mostly about yoga and gave a lot of background information on yoga. I was expecting more about Jessamyn. This was remedied in the second half of the book, where Jessamyn star

    I thought I may not want to continue reading this book in the very beginning. Jessamyn started out talking out her first yoga class and how miserable it was. I was not feeling it. Fortunately, I knew that this book would not continue to discuss how much she did not like yoga and so I continued.

    The first half of the book was mostly about yoga and gave a lot of background information on yoga. I was expecting more about Jessamyn. This was remedied in the second half of the book, where Jessamyn started talking about her life as a young girl and woman. This half of the book was much more memoir style than the first part of the book, but still incorporated yoga, and was more of what I had expected going into it. I enjoyed her stories and her “lessons learned” at the end of each one. I also enjoyed the yoga poses added after each chapter that she associated with the story. It was a great format.

    The eight limbs explanation, descriptions of different types of yoga, and ABC’s of Asana were all interesting and helpful.

    There was a lot of swearing in this book. I don’t have an issue with this. At first I thought it was nice to read something where she felt free to be herself and let the cuss words fly, but after a while I felt she was throwing them in unnecessarily. It didn’t feel natural. If felt as if she was adding more emphasis where it wasn’t needed and didn’t come across as genuine. Maybe she was just nervous writing the book? Whatever the reason, this feeling cleared up for me in the second half of the book. There was still some swearing, but it felt like she was just being herself.

    There were a lot of great poses in the middle in the middle of the book with explanations on how to do them. Additional tips and even examples of supported poses were given. This part I wish I had a physical copy of the book just for this reason. It was a great section, particularly for anyone just starting their practice or wanting to start practicing at home on their own, which Jessamyn is a big proponent of. I think I may have to start an at-home practice myself.

    Recommended for anyone wanting to learn more about yoga and interested in reading personal stories related to yoga.

  • Book Riot Community
    Jan 31, 2017

    Out in April (I know!), Stanley’s book is beginner-and-advanced guide to yoga basics; there are incredible photos of each asana featuring bodies of all shapes and colors, along with notes on how to safely find comfort in each of them. But like yoga itself, this isn’t a book about how to make shapes or find a way to make your body twist in impressive ways.

    It’s about the “why.”

    This book is half about why one would ever want to try yoga, how one could ever find a beginning, and it’s half about why

    Out in April (I know!), Stanley’s book is beginner-and-advanced guide to yoga basics; there are incredible photos of each asana featuring bodies of all shapes and colors, along with notes on how to safely find comfort in each of them. But like yoga itself, this isn’t a book about how to make shapes or find a way to make your body twist in impressive ways.

    It’s about the “why.”

    This book is half about why one would ever want to try yoga, how one could ever find a beginning, and it’s half about why it is Jessamyn took up the practice herself. It’s an intimate look at life’s challenges and how letting go of your own damn ego is the first step in finding fulfillment and success in whatever it is you set your mind to doing. Stanley is open and honest about her mental health, including addictions she struggled with and some of the lowest, most painful, parts of her life. She mixes those stories in with FAQs from new yogis, along with short sequences that can help people find mental, physical, and spiritual wellness.

    Even for those who don’t practice yoga or have never had an interest, this book would be an excellent one to borrow because of how it turns perceptions of the yoga life upside down and digs deep into some of the stereotypes or beliefs about it and how it’s been rendered in Western culture/pop culture. For those who practice yoga, want to practice yoga, or want to support brave, fat babes who know how to talk to you to keep your attention wrapt, this book is a buy. It sound absolutely, positively be a buy for any yoga teacher or yoga studio, as it’s the kind of book that would help teachers who haven’t themselves been struggling with body size, fatness, or the stigmas surrounding fat bodies making shapes find ways to encourage and welcome all bodies into their studio.

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  • Peg
    Mar 26, 2017

    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.

    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. Recommended. (Warning: there is quite a bit of profanity in this book.)

    Many thanks, to the publisher and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy!

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