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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 how-to book: Here are easy-to-follow directions to 50 basic yoga poses and 10 sequences to practice at home, all photographed in full color.
It's a book that challenges the larger issues of body acceptance and the meaning of beauty.
Most of all, it's a book that changes the paradigm, showing us that yoga isn't about how one looks, but how one feels, with yoga sequences like "I Want to Energize My Spirit," "I Need to Release Fear," "I Want to Love Myself."
Jessamyn Stanley, a yogi who breaks all the stereotypes, has built a life as an internationally recognized yoga teacher and award-winning Instagram star by combining a deep understanding for yoga with a willingness to share her personal struggles in a way that touches everyone who comes to know her. Now she brings her body-positive, emotionally uplifting approach to yoga in a book that will help every reader discover the power of yoga and how to weave it seamlessly into his or her life.
- ISBN-13: 9780761193111
- ISBN-10: 0761193111
- Publisher: Workman Publishing
- Publish Date: April 2017
- Page Count: 232
- Dimensions: 8.4 x 6.5 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-12-19
- Reviewer: Staff
Yoga teacher Stanley shares her path to becoming a yogi and embracing looking different from the lean practitioners typically shown in the media. This mix of memoir and guide is suffused with Stanleys enthusiasm and honesty. Part one reveals her early encounters with yoga, along with the discouragement that stemmed from being a fat girl; it goes back to her childhood eating habits and family life, and also includes an honest, vulnerable FAQ (What if Im the fattest person in the class and everyone stares at me?). Part two includes Stanleys witty nutshell history of modern yoga and breaks down the different styles and recommends useful clothing, mats, and props. Part three is devoted to the ABCs of Asana, or yoga postures, and also recommends asking How do I feel? rather than How do I look? In part four, Stanley teaches readers to do yoga on their own by sharing stories of her own triumphs. In part five, Stanley reminds readers that everyone struggles while doing yoga, including her. This touching work is a must for those new to yoga, no matter their age or body type. (Apr.)
Lifestyles: Backyard activist
“At a time when our fellow inhabitants of the earth increasingly depend on our mercy and ingenuity to survive, our default has instead been to kill and destroy,” writes naturalist Nancy Lawson. In The Humane Gardener, Lawson does the important work of speaking for the trees—and the bees, butterflies and other living creatures that need healthy ecosystems. It’s telling that Lawson opts to use gendered pronouns when referencing animals: Her goal is to show us the wisdom of living in harmony with, and dissolving boundaries between, our habitations and the diverse wildlife that surrounds us. Chapter titles echo her low-impact, gentle-living message: “A New Kind of Dream Home: Plant Native Plants,” “The Beauty of Letting Go: Letting Nature Guide Your Garden” and “Safety Zones: Creating Sanctuary in a Treacherous World,” for example. Between chapters, profiles of humane gardeners offer real-world examples. With luxe, matte pages and plentiful full-color photographs, this book is as much a beautiful object as a passionate and well-researched rallying cry.
Not going to lie: I cast a wary eye on this one. How could I thrill to a book on cleaning? But maybe I was missing the point. If the point is to have a sparkling, organized home, Simply Clean can get you there. Becky Rapinchuk’s secret is a reasonable, “every day a little something” routine: a schedule of basic 10-minute tasks for each day and one hour-long job for each week. “Sometimes we want someone to tell us what to do,” she writes. “Set it and forget it.” Easing us into her routinized approach to cleanliness, Rapinchuk starts simple with daily tasks (making the bed, wiping down counters, de-cluttering), and then suggests how to build a “cute cleaning caddy,” which feels like a fun prize for mastering the basics. A seven-day quick start and 28-day challenge follow, plus tips for specific rooms, hard-to-clean spaces and DIY cleaners.
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I picked up Jessamyn Stanley’s Every Body Yoga at the end of a long day, wearied by the state of my country. I didn’t feel like doing much of anything. But Stanley soon had me in stitches, ready to take on yoga, the world, you name it. The Instagram-famous yogi is the polar opposite of the slender-and-serene type you know all too well—and this is one of her greatest strengths. Fat? Yes, she owns it. “I wrote this book for every person who is self-conscious about their body,” she says, her tone throughout that of the most irreverent, motivational BFF you could hope to meet on the mat. Stanley sprinkles funny, candid personal narratives—“A Chick-Fil-A Bandit Walks Into Weight Watchers”—between chapters that teach her favorite poses and provide an introduction to the theory and practice of yoga. I feel ready to “prop that ass up,” and when you consider how many others might be, too, Stanley’s teachings feel downright revolutionary.