Bookmarks Presents Jessamyn Stanley
Bookmarks is thrilled to welcome internationally acclaimed wellness voice Jessamyn Stanley back to Bookmarks to celebrate the launch of her new book, YOKE: My Yoga of Self-Acceptance. Stanley will be in conversation with poet and spoken word artist E'laina Barron.
This is a free in-person event that will be held at Footnote Coffee & Cocktails (located in the same building as Bookmarks at 634 W 4th Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101). The main event will start at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a booksigning at Bookmarks. There will be a special seated breathwork exercise for the first 40 people who preorder Yoke from Bookmarks (scroll down to order). Please note: Registration for the pre-order breathwork exercise has closed. You may still register for the 7 p.m. event and purchase books.
This event is presented with support from Salem Academy & College, an intimate learning community of 1,100 women from all over the world and is one of our nation’s most distinguished private liberal arts colleges. Click here to learn more about Salem Academy & College.
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Can't make the event? Scroll down to pre-order a signed copy of Yoke from Bookmarks.
About Jessamyn Stanley:
Jessamyn Stanley is an internationally acclaimed leading voice in wellness, recognized as a 2020 Visionary to Watch by Obvious Magazine and named one of the Most Influential African Americans of the year in The Root 100. She is highly sought after for her insights on 21stcentury yoga and intersectional identity as a queer Black woman. Jessamyn is the founder of The Underbelly, a streaming wellness app with digital yoga classes available on the web, iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire. Jessamyn launched The Underbelly to help individuals tune in to themselves and live authentically. The platform is a home for wellness enthusiasts and the “wellness-curious” who may feel displaced, discouraged, or overlooked due to not seeing themselves reflected in the health and fitness community. The brand has quickly gained acclaim for its inclusive approach toward physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Jessamyn’s first book, Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get on the Mat, Love Your Body, has inspired global audiences to discover the power of yoga and set forth on a path for personal development. Her new book, YOKE: My Yoga of Self-Acceptance, is a series of deeply honest, funny, gritty, thoughtful, and largely autobiographical essays exploring issues of self-love, body liberation, consumerism, cultural appropriation, sex and sexuality, cannabis, and more, all through the lens of an authentic yoga practice.
YOKE: My Yoga of Self-Acceptance takes readers on an autobiographical journey to self acceptance. Jessamyn writes generously and openly about her search for authenticity. She takes a hard look at the limitations and hypocrisies she has come to see in yoga culture—the consumerism, the cultural appropriation, the racism. And she draws readers into the corners of her life, writing about tarot, music, and cannabis. Tying it all together is Jessamyn’s singular voice—funny, frank, and warm—producing a work that is a unique and compelling blend of memoir, philosophy, and self-help.
About E'laina Barron:
E'laina Barron, also known as "Ely B" (el-ee b) is a Self-Love Motivator, Creative and Spoken Word Artist and represents a collective of poets by the name of W.O.R.D Society. She has embraced her own voice and aims to encourage women to love themselves more and be a voice, not just an echo. She has performed at events across North Carolina, including headlining the 2017 & 2019 National Black Theatre Festival’s Midnight Poetry event with fellow W.O.R.D Society members. In 2018, Ely B created and launched a monthly women’s event, Soul Focused Sunday’s, which included group yoga, meditation and a spiritual wellness discussion. After conceiving her second child in 2019, she put Soul Focused
Sunday’s on hold, but is making plans for its return in 2021. In May 2020, in the midst of a pandemic, she released the first edition of the ELYV8 Journal, a compilation of pieces written during steps along her personal journey to self-love, such as “Self-Love,” “Self-Love 2.0,” “Transitions,” “Queening” and many others. The ELYV8 Journal also includes affirmations, and blank journal entry pages. She is currently writing a book for a younger generation of women, intended to be a life “guidebook”, think Steve Harvey’s “Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man” meets “ChickenSoup for the Teenage Soul.”
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Finding self-acceptance both on and off the mat.
In Sanskrit, yoga means to “yoke.” To yoke mind and body, movement and breath, light and dark, the good and the bad.
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