Day 1 of #SizeDoesntMatter- #Dhanurasana. Check my blog (link in my IG header) for a video, modifications, & a link to the @yogajournal pose index!

To participate:
1. Follow me, @yoga_davina & our lovely sponsors (@yogiblissbox, @buddha_pants, & @invertyoselfclothing) on instagram.

2. Post a pic of yourself in the pose of the day- check @yoga_davina & I for daily pose updates. Tag us & hashtag #sizedoesntmatter.

3. At the end of the month we’ll select a few of you to receive goodies from our generous sponsors- don’t forget to tag all your pictures w/ #sizedoesntmatter!

Day 1 of September’s #SizeDoesn’tMatter Yoga Challenge: Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)


I recorded a short video of this pose, including a mermaid pose variation and a transition into tomorrow’s pose (bridge pose)- Check it out!
Want a little more instruction? Check out the Yoga Journal Pose Index.
Want To Participate?
1. Follow me (@mynameisjessamyn), @yoga_davina & our lovely sponsors (@yogiblissbox, @buddha_pants, & @invertyoselfclothing) on Instagram.
2. Post a pic of yourself in the pose of the day- check @yoga_davina & I for daily pose updates. Tag us & hashtag #sizedoesntmatter.
3. At the end of the month we’ll select a few of you to receive goodies from our generous sponsors- don’t forget to tag all your pictures w/ #sizedoesntmatter! Day 1 of September’s #SizeDoesn’tMatter Yoga Challenge: Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)


I recorded a short video of this pose, including a mermaid pose variation and a transition into tomorrow’s pose (bridge pose)- Check it out!
Want a little more instruction? Check out the Yoga Journal Pose Index.
Want To Participate?
1. Follow me (@mynameisjessamyn), @yoga_davina & our lovely sponsors (@yogiblissbox, @buddha_pants, & @invertyoselfclothing) on Instagram.
2. Post a pic of yourself in the pose of the day- check @yoga_davina & I for daily pose updates. Tag us & hashtag #sizedoesntmatter.
3. At the end of the month we’ll select a few of you to receive goodies from our generous sponsors- don’t forget to tag all your pictures w/ #sizedoesntmatter!

Day 1 of September’s #SizeDoesn’tMatter Yoga Challenge: Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)

I recorded a short video of this pose, including a mermaid pose variation and a transition into tomorrow’s pose (bridge pose)- Check it out!

Want a little more instruction? Check out the Yoga Journal Pose Index.

Want To Participate?

1. Follow me (@mynameisjessamyn), @yoga_davina & our lovely sponsors (@yogiblissbox, @buddha_pants, & @invertyoselfclothing) on Instagram.

2. Post a pic of yourself in the pose of the day- check @yoga_davina & I for daily pose updates. Tag us & hashtag #sizedoesntmatter.

3. At the end of the month we’ll select a few of you to receive goodies from our generous sponsors- don’t forget to tag all your pictures w/ #sizedoesntmatter!

Backbends are my absolute favorite type of yoga posture so I’m pretty stoked to share 7 of my favorites with y’all this week. I’ll post a photo of myself in the daily pose tomorrow, but in the mean time: 1. Follow me, @yoga_davina & our lovely sponsors (@yogiblissbox, @buddha_pants, & @invertyoselfclothing) on instagram. 2. Post a pic of yourself in the pose of the day- check @yoga_davina & I for daily pose updates. Tag us & hashtag #sizedoesntmatter. 3. At the end of the month we’ll select a few of you to receive goodies from our generous sponsors- don’t forget to tag all your pictures w/ #sizedoesntmatter!

If I could be so bold as to ask- what’s the big deal w/ being called #fat? Is it against the laws of human existence for a person to be called both beautiful & fat? Is that why I get messages from y’all requesting that I not call myself fat- because it’s somehow improbable for me to drop the F-bomb & value my physical appearance at the same time?

Nah, that’s some bullshit. Fat is fucking fierce. It’s time we all got on the same page. Say it loud- I’m fat and I’m proud.

Stay tuned for the first pose of the #SizeDoesntMatter #yoga challenge- I’ll post it later tonight!

Top + Skirt- @forever21 
Shoes- @dansko
Earrings- Thrifted

Q

Anonymous asked:

honestly there is a difference between fat and curvy. im happy you love your body but you are much more than just curvy. someone like kate upton is curvy, someone like you is fat

A

Um, thanks for the clarification. And clearly, someone like you is a giant asshole who should probably be banned from the internet. And in the spirit of full clarification, making unnecessarily bitchy anonymous comments is literally one of the most spineless acts. Maybe we should nickname you “he/she who uses hateful language to make themselves feel better in their everyday life”. Hey, I guess it’s better than being called fat.

I’m so excited about the #sizedoesntmatter challenge but I noticed that many of you have concerns about whether the challenge will be beginner friendly. I wrote a little response on my blog (link is in my IG header) but I want to share a little about my own ‘beginner’ qualms.

For starters, I have a lot of trouble w/ arm balances. Early in my home practice I bore too much weight into my wrists in certain poses which have resulted in very weak and tender wrist joints. When I saw that my co-host @yoga_davina planned some #crowpose prep for one of her weeks, I uttered an audible “Oh Shit”- #bakasana is a pose that kind of scares the bejeezus out of me & my poor little wrists.

But then I thought “You know what? Hell yeah! Now I have the opportunity to practice a pose that (quite literally) feels out my grasp.” I plan to go slowly, take my time & be super conscious of my wrists. But I, like many of you, am a novice when it comes to this pose. And you know what? That’s perfectly fine. Because the point of the challenge is not to be “picture perfect”. It’s just to have fun, learn from each other and especially learn from your DAMN self. If you want to read more of my rambles about this topic, click the link to my blog (jessamynstanley.com). If you want details on how to participate in the #sizedoesntmatter #yoga challenge, check out my instagram pic from yesterday!

Sports Bra- @leadingladybras
Headband + Leggings- Kobieta (link in my IG header, use the code ‘JESSBLOG’ for 15% off your order)

#invertyoself #invertyocurves #hollowback #forearmstand

ANSWER: I remember when I initially began practicing yoga, I just assumed there were certain types of poses I would never be able to do. This list included deep backbends, inversions, and various other poses that are now standard parts of my daily practice. One thing that helped me rethink my perspective was by actually attempting the poses I found to be challenging, instead of obsessing over my inexperience and lack of practice. Instagram yoga challenges helped me make that shift. I quickly realized that by actually attempting the poses I found to be scary and intimidating, I was actually able to make progress toward full expressions of the poses. This kind of personal journey with a pose is an enormous act of self-love- you’re actually giving yourself a chance to succeed at something that scares you. It totally calls back to that childhood fear/excitement of learning to swim or ride a bike. It’s exhilarating to feel the adrenaline rush of trying something new, and it’s even more exciting when you’re able to track your progress and feel your body strengthen over time.

THIS is my goal with the #SizeDoesntMatter Challenge. I want you guys to feel the excitement that comes from realizing that you’re actually much stronger than you ever imagined. Some of that excitement comes from being pushed out of your comfort zone. You should, of course, be very gentle with your body- ESPECIALLY if you’ve just started practicing. But don’t sell yourself short before you’ve given your body the chance to exceed your expectations. You might not be able to bend/stretch your body as far as you “think” you should- please, don’t let this attitude be your guide. Find contentment with whatever expression makes your body feel good- this is the most important task.

I can’t wait to see y’all pose! For information on how to participate in the September #SizeDoesntMatter Instagram Yoga Challenge, Click Here.

You can find me on Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook, and Twitter.

I’m so proud/excited to be co-hosting my first instagram yoga challenge w/ my friend @yoga_davina na- Size Doesn’t Matter! I can’t count the number of people who tell me that they think/thought their bodies were too fat/tall/oddly shaped to do #yoga- here’s your opportunity to kick that attitude to the curb! I’m excited to highlight some of my favorite poses throughout the coming weeks w/ a particular emphasis on working toward stronger #backbends and #hipopeners. I’m also really looking forward to stepping out of my comfort zone with some of @yoga_davina’s favorite poses, especially her #inversion choices.

To participate:
1. Follow me, @yoga_davina & our lovely sponsors (@yogiblissbox, @buddha_pants, & @invertyoselfclothing) on instagram.

2. Post a pic of yourself in the pose of the day- check @yoga_davina & I for daily pose updates. Tag us & hashtag #sizedoesntmatter.

3. At the end of the month we’ll select a few of you to receive goodies from our generous sponsors- don’t forget to tag all your pictures w/ #sizedoesntmatter! We’ll get started next Monday, 9/1- I can’t wait to see all your lovely poses!

Today I fell in love with @funkyjiva. And y’all know how much I love @kathrynbudig. But the #jivamukti class taught by Giselle Mari that I took on @yogaglo today made me feel that I made an actual shift in my practice. All this time I’ve been focused on my physical development with a secondary interest in my spiritual devotion. Since I had a very religious upbringing, I’m very sensitive to spiritual devotion- I’m not going to get into all of my weirdness about religion & spirituality here, but I’ll just say that I have mixed feelings about a lot of different things. I’ve definitely recognized my practice as a spiritual journey, but today I was in a full state of PRAYER, y’all. It was so beautiful- the most beautiful prayer i’ve ever put out in the universe. And I was nearly overcome by love. My love for the world, my friends, my family- I could have wrapped the universe in my love and still had some to spare. And it had nothing to do with rules, books, or any other doctrine. I thank Giselle for this love- she ignited a fucking fire inside me.

Also, the beautiful energy of today’s practice gave me the confidence to focus on #compasspose, a pose I rarely practice. I still have a very long way to go in terms of technique, but I am unbelievably thankful for the journey. #aimtrue

Just messing around with #pinchamayurasana while Dallas fervently licks her butt. We’re both in our natural habitats, obviously. Happy early #forearmfriday, you guys.

Also, I wrote a blog entry about my essential #yoga accessories- click the link in my instagram header to check it out!

Crop Tank- @forever21 
Bralette- @leadingladybras
Undies- @hipsandcurves
Headband- Kobieta (link in my IG header- use code ‘JESSBLOG for 15% off)

#invertyocurves
#invertyoself #inversion #forearmstand