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Jessamyn Stanley: Every Body Yoga 

When: Tue., April 4, 7 p.m. 2017
Price: Free

The very real physical and spiritual health benefits of yoga have been much touted in the past few decades, but as practiced in America, yoga hasn't been especially welcoming to those with larger bodies. And in America, that's a lot of people. The challenging postures are intimidating, and so is the prevalence of whippet-thin, white lululemon-wearing women who have come to embody U.S. yoga. Jessamyn Stanley broke new ground a few years ago when she began teaching classes in Durham and Hillsborough. As a plus-size black woman, she was pretty much the opposite of who yoga practitioners were conditioned to see at the head of the class leading sun salutations, and she was determined to change that. Her approach has earned her national media and legions of followers. In Every Body Yoga, she offers practical advice in the form of basic, approachable postures that anyone can do, along with eloquent thoughts about letting go of fear and nurturing self-acceptance. —David Klein

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