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GIVEAWAY CLOSED- Congratulations @speechzetamama & @engagingtheworld- slide in my DMs to collect your prize! Exciting news! I'm going to be a panelist at the @straightcurvefilm screening on May 22nd, and I have the opportunity to give away two free tickets to the event! All you have to do is tag a friend that you would want to watch the film with in the comment section down below. Submissions close tomorrow at 11:59pm, so get your comments in! Please note, the event is in NYC, so the winner would have to be able to travel to NYC to attend. Here's a little more about Straight/Curve and they're mission: The documentary is launching a very special House Party Project to encourage women/girls/mothers/coworkers to watch the film in your own home and then have the vital conversations about body image and representation using their FREE Conversation & Activities kit. House Parties build community around the issues that affect us ALL. Imagine what would happen if girls and women everywhere felt more empowered and accepted themselves as they are.
I decided to start lifting this year. The hardest part has been getting over my fear of being in the free weights area- I always kinda feel like I’m gonna get in trouble for something. I go slow as fuck and fret over every movement. I use a weight that feels relatively light and I obsessively watch my form. I read a few pages of “Starting Strength” every time I’m on the toilet. Looking at myself so obsessively is sketchy as hell. Frankly, I understand how it could make someone really unhappy with their body in the long run. But for me, at this particular juncture in my life....that part of the process is kinda lit. Because....I recently started thinking I’m fine as hell. Wow. How strange to write it down. And I don’t mean it in an “I’m going to say this shit every day until I believe it” kind of way. It’s more like “If I saw myself walking down the street, I would definitely creep from a distance” kind of way. I feel guilty writing all of that down. Almost ashamed. Isn’t arrogance to be avoided? Haven’t I been drinking that Kool-aid my whole life? But isn’t wanting to fuck yourself better than hating yourself? And honestly- isn’t that one of the goals of “#bodypositivity”? I don’t know. I don’t think I ever thought I would feel this way. Maybe I won’t always feel this way. That’s ok, too. #yoga + #lifting Also, I love @planetfitness. Even though I got in trouble for wearing my @fatgirlflow “Fat Bitch” sweatshirt one time. It’s cool, I get it- I’ll wear my profane clothing elsewhere. 😎
What's good, NYC! I'm teaching a drop-in class at @YogaCollectiveNYC on June 7th at 9:30am- Sign-Up via the link in my header or check out jessamynstanley.com/events! I'm also going to be at @soulfestnyc on June 2nd- First 100 people to register for VIP tickets get to attend my class for free! Sign up at jessamynstanley.com/events (link in profile)
Come join me in Scotts Valley, CA for a weekend-long workshop hosted by @1440multiversity ! I get a lot of questions about how to cultivate a home yoga practice and this is a great opportunity to get my tips. Find out more at the link in my bio, or head to JessamynStanley.com/Events!
Jumping back is a spotlight on my attachment to fear and I am grateful. I am scared and I am grateful. I am grateful I can admit that I am scared. Scared of my own shadow. Scared of the dark. Scared of not knowing. Who am I without the fear. Who am I when I do not know. What can I offer. Who am I. I do not know. And I can just gaze at the truth, without sadness and anger, and maybe one day I’ll love the uncertainty. Maybe. But even if I never love the uncertainty and I continue to lust over fear, that’ll be ok too. #yoga #chaturanga
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What's good, NYC! I'm teaching a drop-in class at @YogaCollectiveNYC on June 7th at 9:30am- Sign-Up via the link in my header or check out jessamynstanley.com/events! (P.S. Apologies to those who tried to register last week, all technical issues have now been resolved!)
Wanna meet me at the @thepositivitycharge PHILLY Wellness Retreat?! Win a *FREE* ticket with my POSITIVE GIVEAWAY! -------------- I'll be speaking alongside other incredible women like @plantbasedblonde @danielle_radulski and many many more! And they have swag bags worth OVER $250! -------------- Enter to win below: -------------- 1. Follow me & @thepositivitycharge -------------- 2. Tag two other wellness-loving friends who would love to be at the retreat! -------------- 3. Share something positive in your life or what you can't wait to see at the retreat! -------------- Contest closes on Friday at midnight EST! Photo by bb @justincookphoto
I honestly never thought #chaturanga jumpbacks would be part of my practice. I completely released the desire - high plank to half/full chat has been my lane for years and a bitch got comfortable. I felt no desire, no interest. It wasn’t shady or bratty (typical Jessamyn emotions)- I was really fucking ‘whatever’ about it. But during an @amyippoliti class on @yogaglo, when mama said “jump back”- for reasons unbeknownst to the rest of me, my spirit said “absolutely.” I was shocked. Honestly, shocked is too small. And now I’m obsessed- at @planetfitness, after yoga practice, now it’s all about the jumpback. Obviously there’s a lot of work to be done in terms of alignment and technique- I mean, duh bitch. Count the ways in which I can and do overanalyze this evolution. But the recipe is renunciation. The name of the game is submission. Stop trying to perform and focus on existence.
Throwback to that time @lisaismyname0 & @alexboerner made it rain @ubykotex tampons in the @carolinatheatredurham. One of y’all asked whether or not it’s cool to practice yoga while on your period. So glad you asked, bc people are literally out here dipping outta yoga class bc they’re bleeding. Short answer- Yes. Yoga and Menstruation go together like peanut butter and jelly. Maybe not your ass kicking endurance/strength based practice but a loving, spine soothing, hip opening, root chakra light beam practice? It’ll be like blazing out your uterus and giving it a hug. #tbt (PS mad love to everyone who has shouted out my @ubykotex campaign. About 3646838367392826 of y’all hit me up over the past year & I legit never respond bc it is extremely awkward to be both introverted and the star of a national ad campaign. Don’t let the social anxiety fool you- a bitch is grateful for the love.) Photo by @justincookphoto Creative Direction by @lisaismyname0 HMU by @everythingfabulous.dsj Lingerie = @theashleygraham x @additionelle on top & @hipsandcurves on bottom