Self-described fat femme and Instagram star talks about “fat yoga”


Twenty-seven-year-old yoga teacher Jessamyn Stanley is shattering stereotypes of yoga being solely for skinny women. The self-described fat femme uses Instagram to share exhilarating pictures of herself doing challenging yoga poses with more than 40,000 followers. “We live in a society where we are trained to think that being overweight is wrong so people are going to stare at you,” Stanley said. “The only thing that you can control is your reaction to that.” She also shares tips on how women can get comfortable with practicing yoga, the importance of a supportive relationship between yoga instructors and their students, and how emerging “fat” yoga studios shouldn’t be solely focused on teaching gentle yoga.

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