Funny, thoughtful, inspiring, and deeply personal essays about yoga, wellness, and life from author of EVERY BODY YOGA, Jessamyn Stanley. Stanley explores her relationship (and ours) to yoga (including why we practice, rather than how); wrestles with issues like cultural appropriation, materialism, and racism; and explores the ways we can all use yoga as a tool for self-love.
"This is a book for all readers, as a practical manual for embodied spiritual activism, a guide to decolonizing wellness, a tool for recognizing privilege, and a reminder that yoga isn’t the corporate fantasy businesses make it out to be. Essential reading." —Library Journal Starred Review
Readers who have dealt with struggles of impostor syndrome, self-doubt, and the difficulty of fitting into a space where no one looks like them will relate strongly. Abstract, funny, heartfelt, and inspiring, Yoke is a fundamental book for those learning to feel present in their emotions and to take up space for themselves, both on the yoga mat and off. –Booklist Starred Review
“Jessamyn Stanley is the yogi we all needed—her perspectives are equal parts hilariously real and starkly insightful; I never knew I’d learn so much about myself while laughing so hard.” —Tess Holiday, model and author of The Not So Subtle Art of Being a Fat Girl
“Jessamyn speaks unapologetically from her heart and gives the reader permission to do the same.” —Adriene Mishler, founder of Yoga with Adriene and Find What Feels Good
“Read this book. It will bring you back home to you. Yoke is powerfully honest, but above all it’s a book that will remind you of your own ability to yoke; to untie; to arrive at that centered place inside where all the pieces of you fit together.” —Rachel Brathen, author of Yoga Girl and founder of yogagirl.com
“Jessamyn’s voice is the wake-up call we all need: irreverent, insightful, brutally honest, and straight-up funny. Stanley encourages us to peel back those layers, unlearn what we’ve been taught, and give ourselves the freedom to become who we were always meant to be.” —Kathryn Budig, author of Aim True and cohost of Free Cookies
“Jessamyn Stanley is that rare combination of radical honesty, deep empathy, expertise, and an unwavering dedication to her craft. Yoke is the antidote to fluffy self-help culture that, at its core, is anything but healing. There is no wellness without realness, and Jessamyn never strays from her center. In turn, she helps to root us deeply within our own. This book, like its author, is a gem.” —Chani Nicholas, author of You Were Born for This and cocreated of the CHANI app
JESSAMYN STANLEY is the author of Every Body Yoga and Yoke and an internationally acclaimed voice in wellness, highly sought after for her insights on 21st-century yoga and intersectional identity. She is the founder of The Underbelly, an inclusive wellness community and streaming app, cohost of the podcast Dear Jessamyn, and cofounder of We Go High, a North Carolina based cannabis justice initiative. She is a regular contributor to SELF magazine and has been featured in the New York Times, Vogue, and Sports Illustrated.