Mid-day Mindfulness with Jessamyn Stanley
Jessamyn Stanley will introduce her new title Yoke: My Yoga of Self Acceptance, published in June of 2021. Ms. Stanley is the author of Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get on the Mat, Love Your Body from 2017. She presented a wonderful program at the Main Library in July of 2017 and we are fortunate to welcome her virtual visit in 2021! Fountain Bookstore is handling sales of the book. Twenty lucky participants may receive an autographed copy! Check your email after the program.
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A regular contributor to SELF magazine, Jessamyn has been featured on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine (UK), and covered in the New York Times, Vogue, Glamour, and Sports Illustrated, among many other domestic and international media outlets. Jessamyn is an award-winning social activist. She is well-versed on a variety of cultural issues like the modern Black experience, LGBTQIA+ representation, and equity in the health industry, among others. She is the cofounder of We Go High North Carolina, a southern Cannabis Justice organization working to increase cannabis access in prohibition states like hers and highlight the natural connection between cannabis consumption and prison abolition. The organization operates on a simple truth: No one should be in jail for weed.
Jessamyn also hosts a podcast, Dear Jessamyn, by Tenderfire Media. Named by Harper’s Bazaar as one of the best sex podcasts, the show offers fresh perspectives on relationships, sex, and lifestyle for anyone living and loving outside the box. Episodes are based around questions from Jessamyn’s engaged online community, she joins her cohost and girlfriend, Ashe Phoenix, to dissect her DMs and bring their insights and experiences to some of life’s deeper queries and quandaries.
Jessamyn Stanley is an internationally acclaimed leading voice in wellness, recognized as a 2020 Visionary to Watch by Obvious Magazine and named one of the Most Influential African Americans of the year in The Root 100. She is highly sought after for her insights on 21stcentury yoga and intersectional identity as a queer Black woman.
Jessamyn is the founder of The Underbelly, a streaming wellness app with digital yoga classes available on the web, iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire. Jessamyn launched The Underbelly to help individuals tune in to themselves and live authentically. The platform is a home for wellness enthusiasts and the “wellness-curious” who may feel displaced, discouraged, or overlooked due to not seeing themselves reflected in the health and fitness community. The brand has quickly gained acclaim for its inclusive approach toward physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
Jessamyn’s first book, Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get on the Mat, Love Your Body, has inspired global audiences to discover the power of yoga and set forth on a path for personal development. Her new book, YOKE: My Yoga of Self-Acceptance, is a series of deeply honest, funny, gritty, thoughtful, and largely autobiographical essays exploring issues of self-love, body liberation, consumerism, cultural appropriation, sex and sexuality, cannabis, and more, all through the lens of an authentic yoga practice.