“Your truest connection with the god of your own understanding happens inside yourself, not with someone else.”
– Jessamyn Stanley, Yoke: My Yoga of Self-Acceptance
January/February 2022 Selection
In her book Yoke: My Yoga of Self-Acceptance, Jessamyn Stanley gives every reader permission and acceptance to take up space and to find the authentic spirit of yoke—linking the good and the bad, the light and the dark. In a series of personal essays about yoga and wellness, Stanley explores her relationship (and ours) to yoga (including why we practice, rather than how); takes on issues of cultural appropriation, materialism and racism; and explores the ways we can all use yoga as a tool for self-love.
About the Author
Stanley is an internationally acclaimed voice in wellness who is highly sought after for her insights on 21st-century yoga and intersectional identity. Her first book, Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get On the Mat, Love Your Body, has inspired audiences to discover the power of yoga and set forth on a path for personal development. She is well-versed on a variety of cultural issues, including the modern Black experience, LGBTQIA+ representation and equality in the health industry, amongst others. She is the co-founder of We Go High NC, a southern cannabis justice organization that works to increase cannabis access in prohibition states like hers, and highlights the natural connection between cannabis consumption and prison abolition.