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Skimm Her Life: How Jessamyn Stanley Spends Her Downtime

Jessamyn Stanley
© Jessamyn Stanley/Bee Trofort-Wilson/Instagram
Jun 24, 2021

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Find your center. Take a deep breath in and deep breath out. Because we’ve got Jessamyn Stanley here to Skimm Her Life. She’s a yoga instructor, wellness guru, body liberation advocate, and author — and her latest book, “Yoke,” just dropped. This week she’s filing us in on her self-care tips, fave workout leggings, and more. Annnnd take it away, Jessamyn...

Smartest purchase I’ve made recently...This Ikea remote-controlled smart light, which allows me to read by my bed and turn off my light, while still keeping technology away from my sleeping space.

Best book I’ve read recently…“Letters to a Young Poet” by Rainer Maria Rilke, which I would recommend to someone who is creatively stuck or in a rut, or who doesn’t consider themselves creative. 

Go-to pair of leggings...These, these, and these from Adidas. They can be worn for exercise, or dressed up to wear out for running errands or hanging out. They’re really versatile and comfortable and flow with me no matter where I go.

Last podcast I binged...I’m pretty much always listening to “Dolly Parton’s America,” which I would recommend to everyone, especially anyone who wants to feel happy. 

Product I keep adding to cart...Saje Brainstorm essential oil. I already have it on the calendar to buy more. 

Self-care habit I swear by...Completely unplugging from anyone and everyone, including people I love.  

Parts of my morning routine I would never give up…Meditation, yoga postures, some sort of breathwork, journaling, tarot, checking my astrology. These are imperatives in my life, and when I don’t return to them, I can always tell. 

Favorite gift to give a yoga lover...The password to my Glo account.

Best piece of advice for sticking with one's practice…Let it be what it is every day. Don’t be too obsessed about keeping with the same structure every day. Go with whatever makes the most sense. Skip days if you need to — those days will remind you to practice more than anything else. Be comfortable accepting how you are, as opposed to the way you could be or the way you were. 

Pssst: This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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