Photo Of Jessamyn Stanley Doing Yoga Topless Radiates Body Positive Vibes
Jessamyn Stanley is a pretty big deal when it comes to the body-positive community. The internationally recognized yoga teacher, author, and award-winning Instagram star is at it once again, as a photo of Jessamyn Stanley doing yoga topless has made internet waves for its beautiful and brave show of vulnerability and self-love. Stanley shared on Instagram a post of herself in only her "granny panties," as she called them, with her body gracefully bent backward in a "wild thing" yoga pose, her naked breasts bathed in sunlight and pointing up toward the sky.
Stanley explained in her post that sharing this image of herself was something both authentic and important for her, partially because of body shame she still personally contends with from time to time. Specifically, she said she still struggles with feeling confident about her breasts:
Aside from being inspirational in its vulnerability, Stanley's body-positive post is also timely, as it is currently Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Stanley recognizes that, not only are her breasts rad and gorgeous just as they are, but they're also healthy, and she knows this is a gift not to be taken lightly. In her Instagram post, the yogi got real about the possibility that this may not always be the case:
When I had the opportunity and pleasure to sit down with Jessamyn Stanley a few weeks ago for an interview, she shared similar tidbits of wisdom about how and why she challenges so many of the unrealistic body standards we're bombarded with, both on and off the yoga mat. She explained how she believes these cultural expectations often have a majorly negative impact on how people relate to their bodies, as well as how they feel about and take care of themselves.
She told Elite Daily in that interview,
For Stanley, the name of the game is to do everything she can to cultivate those inclusive spaces, both ideologically on Instagram, and IRL in her yoga classes.
The yogi told Elite Daily,
And that goes for self-acceptance, too, she said. If people see her accepting herself — and, for example, her breasts — it gives others a kind of permission to adopt that positive mindset for themselves.
I don't know about you guys, but I will not be wearing a shirt when I do my yoga practice today. Care to join?