Mar. 29, 2019
As a company that’s by women, for women, we’re constantly seeking new ways to spotlight stellar females who inspire us. This series is an opportunity to celebrate the ThirdLove community and share their incredible stories.
Meet Jessamyn Stanley, yoga teacher, author, and creator of The Underbelly yoga app. You may recognize her from Instagram, where you can find her in an impressive headstand pose or vinyasa flow, and shamelessly keeping it real. Read on to find out how this body-positivity advocate stays balanced, what she’s most proud of, and more ahead!
What inspired you to do what you’re doing now?
I was inspired to start my business by the multitude of people who believe a yoga practice is out of their reach.
When do you feel most confident in your skin?
I feel most confident in my skin when I’m able to put my toes in the dirt, root through all the corners of my feet, and pull the earth’s energy directly into my physical being. When I’m truly present in life, confidence is always a side effect.
Did you have any insecurities growing up?
When I was growing up, I was very insecure about every part of my physical body. Body size, hair type, you name it, I was unsatisfied with it. While I wouldn’t say that I’ve overcome all of my insecurities, harvesting compassion for myself has been a key element of the process.
Who/what has shaped you to be the person you are today?
I am grateful to have been fundamentally shaped by every person, place, and thing that’s crossed my life. Some of my greatest teachers have been my worst enemies.
What are your proudest accomplishments?
I have leaped many hurdles and climbed a few mountains, but my proudest accomplishment is consistently, one day at a time, learning to believe in myself.
What impact do you want to leave on the world?
I don’t really seek any other impact than to attempt a life of full-bodied compassion.
What’s next for you?
I’m very excited to launch The Underbelly, my yoga app and online studio.
How do you stay balanced?
I stay balanced by maintaining a healthy diet of yoga, meditation, self-reflection, and bubble baths.
What’s your favorite ThirdLove bra and why?
My absolute favorite ThirdLove bra is the 24/7 Pima Cotton T-Shirt Bra because the fabric is extremely breathable and flexible and I feel like it molds to my breasts in a way that my other bras don’t.
Tell us your ThirdLove Story.
My ThirdLove Strapless Bra has saved the day on more than one occasion — it’s the first strapless bra I’ve ever owned that fully holds my breasts without slipping.