Jessamyn Stanley discovered Yoga via a Groupon offer in 2011, and hasn’t looked back since. She has since become a qualified Yoga instructor based in North Carolina in the USA, and now posts regular updates on her Instagram account of her in some amazing yoga poses, often in some equally beautiful locations.
She is well aware that her plus-size body is very different to most yoga teachers , but she is very happy working against this stereotype. In an interview with NYmag, Jessamyn revealed that she sometimes receives emails from people who are embarrassed to attend yoga classes, because the yoga teachers regularly have much thinner bodies than themselves .
She believes that this is “(…)intimidating. It creates more of an aspirational experience as opposed to an inspirational one. It doesn’t actually elicit what yoga should give people. The whole point of this practice is to burn away the parts of our lives that are built up over the years that don’t matter, and to burn that away to who you truly are.”
We love Jessamyn’s body positive attitude and can’t wait to see even more of her amazing yoga positions on Instagram.