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Publisher's Summary

Remember Jessamyn Stanley? How could you not? She’s the proudly fat, Black, queer yoga teacher and charismatic author of Every Body Yoga, who drops a lot more f-bombs than namastes and refuses to pray at the church of Lululemon. Now she’s back, here to take us even further on a personal and provocative journey into what it means to “practice yoga”. 

Where Every Body Yoga, with 59,000 copies in print, taught us how to do yoga, Yoke tells us why. In Yoke, which draws its name from a literal translation of the Sanskrit root “yuj”, from which the word “yoga” derives, Jessamyn writes about what she calls the yoga of the everyday - a yoga that is not just about poses but about applying the hard lessons we learn on the mat to the even harder daily project of living. This yoga of the everyday is about finding within life’s toughest moments the same flexibility, strength, grounding energy, and core awareness found in a headstand or Tadasana or cobra pose. In a series of deeply honest, funny, gritty, thoughtful, and largely autobiographical essays, Yoke explores issues of self-love, body positivity, race, sex and sexuality, cannabis, and more, all through the lens of an authentic yoga practice. Every listener is invited to find this authentic spirit of yoga in their own lives and practice. To yoke.

©2021 Jessamyn Stanley (P)2021 Workman Audio

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You probably need this book in your life

I absolutely loved listening to Jessamun Stnley's and I'm so glad she also read the audio book. I honestly got more of an education than I thought I was going to.

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A must read for every yoga teacher!

As a fellow yoga student and teacher with larger than life imposter syndrome, it was so refreshing to hear someone lay it all out on the page. So often in yoga we hide behind our yoga-tude instead of showing up as ourselves. As teachers, it's crucial to understand all of the students we may be facing and to be prepared to serve them. This means teaching fully accessible, diversity embracing, trauma informed yoga.

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Opinionated but not about Yoga

If you want to hear about everything from New Age, crystals, astrology, meditation, racism, promoting white guilt, homosexuality, smoking marijuana, and being ticked about cultural appropriation, with lots of useless swearing, check out this audible book. If you’re hoping to learn anything useful about Yoga, keep looking .

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Thank you

Great insightful collection of essays. Gave me much to think about. It was a great listen.

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revealing and mind provoking

shined light on what I want my yoga to be. necessary for all POC

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Angry Hypocritical Author Emoting: Hard to Finish

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The author does a decent job of emoting. Where she documents how working out yoga poses helps her work out her personal issues, the book is worthwhile. Also, it provides insight into the inner workings of a resentful person, something one would not normally have access to in "self-help" books.

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There is so much hypocracy and negativity in this book. For example, A) the author complains that Black men don't have a comfortable and friendly environment in yoga studios (something that I myself have witnessed and that can be real problem in my opinion) and then instead of the author saying she (someone with influence, clout and resources in the yoga world) has done something about it, she just seems to imply someone ELSE should do something about this issue. Rather than stating she has worked to create comfortable environments for Black men, working with other yoga instructors to create men's yoga days or men's yoga events or anything else to help solve this issue, she just complains about resenting that her own yoga studio seems to mainly cater to White women. B) She literally makes her living off her version of something that clearly comes out of thousands of years of Indian tradition and then expresses great anger that White people should wear Indian clothing even if said White people had been living and studying in India. Her angry claim is that White people in India wearing Indian clothing is cultural appropriation. So, she can make her entire living off of changing/altering and pushing something that is Indian. But, other people can't purchase and wear clothing from India? C) In one section of the book, she discusses that Yoga ideals would include looking at people not for what is on the outside but for something else internal and spiritual and then chastises her White clients for stating that they don't see race, which probably is their way of saying that when they are in the yoga room, they like to focus on what is internal about people and not what is on the outside.

This level of resentment and anger even towards the women who support her the most and from whom she benefits the most financially may be part of her yoke and maybe might be someone's version of woke. But, it is not enlightened. It won't bring joy and healing. And it won't lead to love of oneself or anyone else.

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Raw, Vulnerable Strength

The author is so real in the way she writes. She shares her life’s experiences and wisdom in the most authentic and relatable way. I truly enjoyed this book and didn’t want it to end. Thank you Jessamyn for pouring it all out into this book.

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Meh, that's all I have. I'm going to keep my yoga to myself. In love and peace.

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loved listening!

I loved this books so much. it made me think, opend my eyes and gave me the courage to just be me.

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Outstanding book

A very enjoyable listen with an author that knows how to speak with authority and from the heart. I related to her frankness, vulnerability, and path to self-love in an inspiring and emotional way. I keep re-listening to the book every time I need a refresh on how I want to improve on the way I interact with my body. Thank for making this book available! I wish there were more audible listens from you.

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Stunning

Jessamyn breathes fresh air into the spiritual side of yoga. Always raw, honest and not afraid to call out bullshit, Jessamyn has made an outstanding follow up to Everybody Yoga.