July 22, 2021

EP. 68 — Jessamyn Stanley

Yoga teacher, author, and body liberation advocate Jessamyn Stanley joins Jameela this week to discuss her journey into yoga, the relationship between community and body positivity, the way white supremacy is embedded in the traditional yoga community, Jessamyn’s relationship with weed and how it enhances her yoga practice, and more. Her latest book, Yoke: My Yoga Of Self Acceptance, is available now wherever books are sold.

Transcript

Jameela: [00:00:00] Hello and welcome to another episode of I Weigh with Jameela Jamil, I hope you’re well, and if you’re not, then you might feel better after listening to this episode, because my guest is so fantastic and affirming and kind and warm and smart. I’m talking about Jessamyn Stanley, who is a yoga instructor, a hugely popular yoga instructor on Instagram, who I found because a lot of people, especially in the fat liberation space, would tell me to check out our amazing work. And she did not disappoint. She’s truly incredible. She is someone who is larger than the average yoga instructor you will see in mainstream modern culture because it’s inherently racist and fat phobic and hugely, hugely problematic and exclusionary. She is breaking the barriers that need to be broken to make sure that everyone feels as though they have a right to move their bodies. They have a right to enjoy their bodies. They have a right to practice meditation and spir

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