Fitness Files: Jessamyn Stanley
You may be already familiar with Jessamyn Stanley, she is breaking boundaries everywhere especially in the world of health and fitness! So it makes complete sense why Jessamyn has partnered with U by Kotex, as a yoga teacher that encourages body positivity she is the face of the NEW U by Kotex® FITNESS* line. The intent of U by Kotex FITNESS is to open an honest dialogue about working out on your period, which is why the brand partnered with Jessamyn, who has accumulated an Instagram audience of 283K+ followers because of her ability to approach honest and authentic conversations. After attending the launch for U by Kotex Fitness I knew I had to interview Jessamyn for my Fitness Files series. Contiue reading to learn more about Jessamyn and how she leads a healthy lifestyle inside and out.
NMF: Has fitness always been a major part of your life or was there a catalyst/point in your life when you made it more of a focus and priority?
Jessamyn Stanley (JS): I’ve always enjoyed being active, indoors and outdoors, but because I was never the fastest, strongest, or most agile in athletic settings during my youth (though frequently the fattest, slowest, and least coordinated) – as a result, I’ve suffered from fitness related anxiety ever since my childhood. It wasn’t until I started to embrace my body with body-positive language and thinking that I started to focus on fitness and wellness.
NMF: What are a few of your go-to healthy snacks or drinks to feel your best?
(JS): I love coconut water, KIND bars, Trader Joe’s broccoli snacks, and I’m a sucker for dried fruit. I love smoothies and shakes, especially with Sunwarrior Protein Powder or Olly Mango Protein Powder.
NMF: How do you train your mind and stay motivated?
(JS): I train my mind by consistently looking within myself via breathwork and meditation. I try to focus on overall mental, spiritual, and body balance, and I think of keeping my body active as a maintenance technique – just like brushing my teeth or hair, or applying lotion. It’s not an issue of vanity – it’s an issue of overall maintenance and care.
NMF: How do you change your body? What are your fitness favorites?
(JS): I don’t think about changing my body. If I want to sweat profusely and feel my body ache, I will attend a hot yoga class or a spin class.
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