She tells, “you don’t need to be a slender, white, traditionally educated, and affluent woman to practice yoga.
Each pose she posts to her 227,000 followers is of her twisting or contorting herself into challenging positions, often while clad in nothing but yoga pants and a sports bra. The difference between her and the other yogis who have reached social media stardom: Stanley is many sizes larger, and is still flaunting her flesh in all its glory.
There are no words to express what it means to have y’all share your love with me. It’s overwhelming at times, especially since I’m such an introvert. But if I could ask for anything in this world, I’d ask that everyone who has ever said something nice to/about me would look in the mirror and say those exact same words to themselves. It is so much easier to tell others “I love you” or “You’re beautiful.” It is so fucking hard to say it to ourselves. Please say it to yourself. Please look in a mirror and say “I love you.” I appreciate you more than words can say- please appreciate yourselves. I’m teaching my first @yogajournal LIVE workshop at @yogajournalevents Florida on November 12th- Click the link in my Instagram header for more info! (Also, never have I ever appreciated and loved my belly the way I do in this moment.) ALSO, for those who asked my tats say: “Esse Quam Videri”, “Whose world is this? The world is yours.” & “What I’m looking for is not out there, it is in me.” ? by @nadyawasylko for @selfmagazine
Why do you love yoga?
It is the thing that changed my life, honestly. I was in a dark place of depression and I always wanted to loose weight and “be healthy,” and I had never given it any real energy, and then I just reached this place where I was so sad for a lot of different reasons. Yoga pulled me out of that. But more than that, it has allowed me to acknowledge that those times in life don’t go away. There is always going to be something happening where you are like “Oh my God I can’t handle this!” And it always reminds me that there is reality; that these boxes that we live in are not real.
What is your favorite pose and why?
For a long time it was Camel; right now it is Dolphin or Ardha Pincha Mayurasana, and it has been for a while. It’s a very difficult pose that seems much easier than it is. It has just taught me so much over the years, especially in terms if building my practice.
What makes you feel body confident?
I feel the best about my body when I am just walking around and not thinking about what anyone else thinks about me. So much of our lives is what does this person think of me, and how can I affect this person. And as confident as I am in myself, that urge doesn’t go away. But in those moments, in those glimmers where I am just totally in myself, those moments are priceless; it’s gold. You can’t walk away from that. And I wish I could bottle that and give that to every person on the planet.
Do you have any advice for young girls, or even women, who struggle with body image?
If I could go back and talk to myself when I was younger—because I used to have horrific body image—I’d tell myself, “Don’t think about what other people think about you; you think about what you think about you. And try not to obsess over everything.” You must always just work towards this light; work toward living in your truth. As long as you are doing that, it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks of you.