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Up Close & Personal with Jessamyn Stanley
Photography by Joseph Bradley
Editorial by Sarah Karhukangas
Yogi & FabUplus Cover Girl
FabUplus Magazine had the pleasure of sitting down with Jessamyn Stanley, a yoga instructor, body positive advocate and writer in Durham, North Carolina.
What made you decide to try yoga and begin practicing yoga and what were some of the obstacles that you faced as you began your practice?
I was quite depressed and felt out of touch with everything. When I was about 16, a classmate and my aunt suggested I try hot yoga. I hated everything about it – the heat, the way the poses were performed etc. I said I would never do it again. In grad school I wasn’t in a good place, so a friend suggested I try yoga again. Everything I hated at first was perfect this time. I loved the challenge and it helped pull me out of depression. I was the fattest person in the class but I loved how it made me feel. I couldn’t afford classes, so I began practicing at home; going online and posting photo’s to make sure that I had the correct form. I originally did yoga just to get my life together, but I came to realize that it means so much more to me now.