You guys truly spoil me with love. Sometimes, when life seems particularly turbulent, I remind myself to manually count my blessings. Every time I give myself this task, I am immediately overwhelmed by the vastness of my request- how could I possibly count every beautiful part of my life? You guys are in that category of blessings I couldn’t begin to count- the love I have for each of you could never be fully expressed in words. If you’re new to my journey, check out the FAQ page on my blog for any questions you might have- the link is in my instagram header. Namaste, y’all.

Day 17 of #SizeDoesntMatter w/ @biggalyoga & @yogimj is #Sirasana (#headstand). My progress with this pose has been slow and fulfilling, and I posted a few snapshots of my progress towards a free standing #inversion practice on my blog- click the link in my IG header to check it out.

Y’all, there are several exciting new developments in my neck of the woods, including my guest post during next month’s #LoseHateNotWeight ‘babe’ camp brought to you by Babe Supreme @virgietovar - check out her page for information about how to register for this unique opportunity to spread the body positivity message.

Also, I’m very excited to be a guest panelist during the October 27 University of Toronto ESSU event “Hey, Your Outfit Is…: Reflections on the Normalization of Cultural Appropriation, the Appropriation of Bodies + Voice in Western Pop Culture” (link to the event is on my facebook page). If you’re in the Toronto area, I hope to see you at this really cool (and free!) event.

ALSO, I am preparing a very exciting and kind of top secret project that will be launched in November. I can’t go into much detail yet, but I will say that this will be an opportunity for all of you to support an exciting project while adding gear to your yoga toolbox. If you have a yoga business and are interested in sponsorship on my blog and instagram, shoot me an e-mail (mynameisjessamyn@gmail.com) for more info on how to get involved.

#heyyouroutfitis #invertyoself #invertyocurves

Day 17 of #SizeDoesntMatter w/ big-gal-yoga & @yogimj is Sirasana (Headstand).

At the beginning of 2014, I told myself that I would dedicate a huge part of my yoga practice to inversions. I think I subconsciously thought that by this point in the year, I would be head/hand/forearm standing all over Durham county- this is not quite the case. Yes, I have seen extensive improvement in my wall supported practice, but I am still gradually making my way towards a free standing inversion practice. I am often asked how long it takes to “get” certain poses, but I think we need to stray from this mentality. For one thing, it can take years of practice to finally reach the full expressions of many yoga postures- it’s also likely that you may never practice certain full expressions. Not only that, but I think it’s silly to think we ever really “get” any poses if only because your body is literally different every day and every practice attempt is an opportunity to learn something new.

Basically, I’m enjoying my headstand journey- even if it means I’m occasionally busting my ass. Day 17 of #SizeDoesntMatter w/ big-gal-yoga & @yogimj is Sirasana (Headstand).

At the beginning of 2014, I told myself that I would dedicate a huge part of my yoga practice to inversions. I think I subconsciously thought that by this point in the year, I would be head/hand/forearm standing all over Durham county- this is not quite the case. Yes, I have seen extensive improvement in my wall supported practice, but I am still gradually making my way towards a free standing inversion practice. I am often asked how long it takes to “get” certain poses, but I think we need to stray from this mentality. For one thing, it can take years of practice to finally reach the full expressions of many yoga postures- it’s also likely that you may never practice certain full expressions. Not only that, but I think it’s silly to think we ever really “get” any poses if only because your body is literally different every day and every practice attempt is an opportunity to learn something new.

Basically, I’m enjoying my headstand journey- even if it means I’m occasionally busting my ass. Day 17 of #SizeDoesntMatter w/ big-gal-yoga & @yogimj is Sirasana (Headstand).

At the beginning of 2014, I told myself that I would dedicate a huge part of my yoga practice to inversions. I think I subconsciously thought that by this point in the year, I would be head/hand/forearm standing all over Durham county- this is not quite the case. Yes, I have seen extensive improvement in my wall supported practice, but I am still gradually making my way towards a free standing inversion practice. I am often asked how long it takes to “get” certain poses, but I think we need to stray from this mentality. For one thing, it can take years of practice to finally reach the full expressions of many yoga postures- it’s also likely that you may never practice certain full expressions. Not only that, but I think it’s silly to think we ever really “get” any poses if only because your body is literally different every day and every practice attempt is an opportunity to learn something new.

Basically, I’m enjoying my headstand journey- even if it means I’m occasionally busting my ass. Day 17 of #SizeDoesntMatter w/ big-gal-yoga & @yogimj is Sirasana (Headstand).

At the beginning of 2014, I told myself that I would dedicate a huge part of my yoga practice to inversions. I think I subconsciously thought that by this point in the year, I would be head/hand/forearm standing all over Durham county- this is not quite the case. Yes, I have seen extensive improvement in my wall supported practice, but I am still gradually making my way towards a free standing inversion practice. I am often asked how long it takes to “get” certain poses, but I think we need to stray from this mentality. For one thing, it can take years of practice to finally reach the full expressions of many yoga postures- it’s also likely that you may never practice certain full expressions. Not only that, but I think it’s silly to think we ever really “get” any poses if only because your body is literally different every day and every practice attempt is an opportunity to learn something new.

Basically, I’m enjoying my headstand journey- even if it means I’m occasionally busting my ass. Day 17 of #SizeDoesntMatter w/ big-gal-yoga & @yogimj is Sirasana (Headstand).

At the beginning of 2014, I told myself that I would dedicate a huge part of my yoga practice to inversions. I think I subconsciously thought that by this point in the year, I would be head/hand/forearm standing all over Durham county- this is not quite the case. Yes, I have seen extensive improvement in my wall supported practice, but I am still gradually making my way towards a free standing inversion practice. I am often asked how long it takes to “get” certain poses, but I think we need to stray from this mentality. For one thing, it can take years of practice to finally reach the full expressions of many yoga postures- it’s also likely that you may never practice certain full expressions. Not only that, but I think it’s silly to think we ever really “get” any poses if only because your body is literally different every day and every practice attempt is an opportunity to learn something new.

Basically, I’m enjoying my headstand journey- even if it means I’m occasionally busting my ass. Day 17 of #SizeDoesntMatter w/ big-gal-yoga & @yogimj is Sirasana (Headstand).

At the beginning of 2014, I told myself that I would dedicate a huge part of my yoga practice to inversions. I think I subconsciously thought that by this point in the year, I would be head/hand/forearm standing all over Durham county- this is not quite the case. Yes, I have seen extensive improvement in my wall supported practice, but I am still gradually making my way towards a free standing inversion practice. I am often asked how long it takes to “get” certain poses, but I think we need to stray from this mentality. For one thing, it can take years of practice to finally reach the full expressions of many yoga postures- it’s also likely that you may never practice certain full expressions. Not only that, but I think it’s silly to think we ever really “get” any poses if only because your body is literally different every day and every practice attempt is an opportunity to learn something new.

Basically, I’m enjoying my headstand journey- even if it means I’m occasionally busting my ass.

Day 17 of #SizeDoesntMatter w/ big-gal-yoga & @yogimj is Sirasana (Headstand).

At the beginning of 2014, I told myself that I would dedicate a huge part of my yoga practice to inversions. I think I subconsciously thought that by this point in the year, I would be head/hand/forearm standing all over Durham county- this is not quite the case. Yes, I have seen extensive improvement in my wall supported practice, but I am still gradually making my way towards a free standing inversion practice. I am often asked how long it takes to “get” certain poses, but I think we need to stray from this mentality. For one thing, it can take years of practice to finally reach the full expressions of many yoga postures- it’s also likely that you may never practice certain full expressions. Not only that, but I think it’s silly to think we ever really “get” any poses if only because your body is literally different every day and every practice attempt is an opportunity to learn something new.

Basically, I’m enjoying my headstand journey- even if it means I’m occasionally busting my ass.

Today I balanced in #bakasana. This doesn’t happen every day- frequently, I’m falling forward on my face or rocking back and forth in prep poses. And that’s ok- my practice isn’t a race. It’s not a competition. Just an opportunity for full body maintenance. The journey is the best fucking part. #crowpose #inveryoself #invertyocurves

Sometimes, when I’m about to post a photo of myself in very few clothes, I have a moment where I think “oh shit, what are my parents going to say?” I am lucky enough to have fairly liberal minded parents (what up, Jesse and Tangela!) but while having lunch with my mama bear yesterday, she reminded me how different my body acceptance experience has been from her own.

There are a million factors at play in this situation, but they all boil down to the fact that powerhouse icons like Samantha Jones, Beyonce, & Salt-N-Pepa did not exist when she was my age. I can’t tell you how grateful I am to live in a world where people like @abbijacobson @lenadunham & @ilanusglazer have become icons of my loud, raucous, sex positive and overwhelmingly feminist generation, but I forget that many of my older sisters aren’t as immediately welcomed by our generation.

Some of you may think us crass, rowdy, and unnecessarily provocative. However, I tend to think our crass and rowdy behavior is what our foremothers fought for- they fought for an equal playing ground. And if men can parade around topless wearing shorts, showing their grizzly bear attributes to the world at large, forgive me if I can’t be bothered to feel ashamed of a few photos in my underwear. Body acceptance is more than just size acceptance- it’s accepting that beneath these layers of complicated fabric, we’re actually all basically the same. Imperfectly (yet absolutely perfect) humans.

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#vasisthasana #sideplankpose #plankpose

Day 12 of #SizeDoesntMatter w/ @yogimj & @biggalyoga is #EkaPadaRajaKapotasana, one of my absolute favorite #hipopeners.

Y’all, my boo @raysegev has crafted the cure for the flopping belly fat and it is THESE MOTHERFUCKING PANTS. She did a ton of research to design Molly Maven, a clothing line featuring a waistband that can really tuck in your midsection throughout any exercise routine. The pants have an interior lining that you can pull up over the parts of your belly that are usually exposed. It’s kind of genius technology, really- I did my new favorite @kathrynbudig @yogaglo flow (“Hotel Yoga” for my fellow #yoga nerds) and I was unbelievably impressed by the fact that the pants not only didn’t slide down but provided a consistent compression element which actually helped me remain even more aware of my core than usual.

Basically, they are the jam- though I really wish I had them in a straight leg, slim cut. That’s where you come in- click the link in my instagram header to check out the Molly Maven kickstarter page- let’s help make these excellent compression pants an option for curvy athletes worldwide.

Day 10 of #SizeDoesntMatter w/ my loves @yogimj & @biggalyoga is #DancerPose (#Natarajasana). Also known as “turn your body into a fucking bow and arrow” pose. Alternately “Artemis’ Sacred Weapon” Pose. I could go on for days.

Also, I can’t stop wearing these Manifesta capris- I kind of feel like the kindergartener who brings his teddy bear to school compulsively. They are just so freaking COMFORTABLE. I can’t even deal with it- if you need yoga/running pants that will stay up over your jiggling belly, do yourself a favor and go to mymanifesta.com right now and tell them Jessamyn sent you (discount code ‘curvyyoga’ gets you 20% off, just sayin’). Also, for those who will ask, I’m wearing the ‘drop it like a squat’ capris.

Y’all, I’ve got to get something off my chest- for real, my bad if I made anyone feel guilty for needing to modify #plowpose yesterday. You should never feel guilty for modifying a pose- like, ever. Ever ever. My yoga crush/life inspiration/idol @amber_karnes posted an awesome video about how to modify any yoga pose so you don’t choke under the weight of your own breasts (wow, talk about a macabre image…) I posted the video on my facebook page- click the link in my instagram or blog header to check it out.

I am often asked for advice about how not to choke on your breasts during shoulderstand and plow pose. To be honest, I don’t have any advice- my tits are usually choking me like all hell. I just try to ignore it, to varying degrees of success. I thought it might help if y’all could see a little demo of my entrance and exit from halasana- video is sped up 2x, and song is Kendrick Lamar “Kush and Corinthians”.

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Q

Anonymous asked:

You look sooo tall when you're handstanding! :0 what is your height?

A

that’s kind of hilarious considering how often I need help reaching items on tall shelves. I’m 5’6” :)

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extrabiggirlpanties asked:

Would you be able to link to the awesome yoga pants? I'm having difficulty finding it.

A

hey hey hey! So I’m loving the ‘drop it like a squat’ capris- they literally don’t slide down at all. However, they might have another style that suits you better. Either way, use the discount code “curvyyoga” to get 20% off. For real, these pants are totally worth the investment. 

http://www.mymanifesta.com/products/bottoms.html

xoxo