Yoke: My Yoga of Self-Acceptance

Category: Book
By (author): Stanley, Jessamyn
Subject:  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
  SELF-HELP / Personal Growth / Self-Esteem
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Workman Publishing Co
Published: June 2021
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 7.50in x 5.00in
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From The Publisher*

Finding self-acceptance both on and off the mat.
In Sanskrit, yoga means to "yoke." To yoke mind and body, movement and breath, light and dark, the good and the bad. This larger idea of "yoke" is what Jessamyn Stanley calls the yoga of the everyday-a yoga that is not just about perfecting your downward dog but about applying the hard lessons learned on the mat to the even harder daily project of living.
In a series of deeply honest, funny autobiographical essays, Jessamyn explores everything from imposter syndrome to cannabis to why it's a full-time job loving yourself, all through the lens of yoke. She calls out an American yoga complex that prefers debating the merits of cotton versus polyblend leggings rather than owning up to its overwhelming Whiteness. She questions why the Western take on yoga so often misses-or misuses-the tradition's spiritual dimension. And reveals what she calls her own "whole-ass problematic": Growing up Baháí, loving astrology, learning to meditate, finding prana in music.
And in the end, Jessamyn invites every reader to find the authentic spirit of yoke-linking that good and that bad, that light and that dark.

From The Publisher*

Funny, thoughtful, inspiring, and deeply personal essays about yoga, wellness, and life from author of EVERY BODY YOGA, Jessamyn Stanley. Stanley explores her relationship (and ours) to yoga (including why we practice, rather than how); wrestles with issues like cultural appropriation, materialism, and racism; and explores the ways we can all use yoga as a tool for self-love. 

Review Quote*"Jessamyn Stanley is the yogi we all needed-her perspectives are equal parts hilariously real and starkly insightful; I never knew I'd learn so much about myself while laughing so hard." -Tess Holiday, model and author of The Not So Subtle Art of Being a Fat Girl

"Jessamyn speaks unapologetically from her heart and gives the reader permission to do the same." -Adriene Mishler, founder of Yoga with Adriene and Find What Feels Good

"Read this book. It will bring you back home to you. Yoke is powerfully honest, but above all it's a book that will remind you of your own ability to yoke; to untie; to arrive at that centered place inside where all the pieces of you fit together." -Rachel Brathen, author of Yoga Girl and founder of yogagirl.com

"Jessamyn's voice is the wake-up call we all need: irreverent, insightful, brutally honest, and straight-up funny. Stanley encourages us to peel back those layers, unlearn what we've been taught, and give ourselves the freedom to become who we were always meant to be." -Kathryn Budig, author of Aim True and cohost of Free Cookies
"Jessamyn Stanley is that rare combination of radical honesty, deep empathy, expertise, and an unwavering dedication to her craft. Yoke is the antidote to fluffy self-help culture that, at its core, is anything but healing. There is no wellness without realness, and Jessamyn never strays from her center. In turn, she helps to root us deeply within our own. This book, like its author, is a gem." -Chani Nicholas, author of You Were Born for This and cocreated of the CHANI app