We're big fans of yoga instructor Jessamyn Stanley here at THE/THIRTY. Her philosophy is all about using yoga to feel better both physically and mentally. She also believes that yoga is for everyone, no matter their shape or size. In fact, she's written a book about the subject, Every Body Yoga.
The idea of the "body neutrality" is a big focus for Stanley right now. Wondering what the phrase means? "In our day-to-day lives, we are bombarded with messages about all the ways we must regulate our bodies to better 'fit in,'" Stanley explains. "These social stigmas only stifle us. The body positivity movement brought an essential truth to light: All bodies are deserving of love and acceptance. I think we tend to get caught up in various terms to define this idea, but overall I try not to focus too much on the labeling and instead remind myself, 'You are OK, today. Everything about you is, in this moment, exactly as it needs to be. You don't need to change anything, you don't need to worry about tomorrow. You are OK, today.' For me, it's about breaking free from shame-based constraints, liberating ourselves from any outside (or self-imposed) expectations, and rebelling against a system that would try to tell us otherwise." Some words to live by that's for sure.
And when we got the chance to take a peek into her morning routine, of course, we jumped at the chance. See how she starts her day.