As if her motivating body positivity wasn’t inspirational enough, get this: Stanley taught herself most of the yoga she knows.
While she first discovered her passion in Bikram classes in 2011, taking official classes eventually became too expensive to continue. But Stanley didn’t let that stop her. Instead, she used online videos and sites like the Yoga Journal’s Pose Index to teach herself Vinyasa yoga.
“The only person in control of your life experience is you.” Stanley continued, “Find the space and love to believe in yourself if only for your overall well-being.”
Gigglers based near Durham, North Carolina — you’re in luck, because that’s where Stanley’s teaching. To make sure yoga is accessible to everyone, of all shapes and with any budget, she teaches two Pay What You Can classes each week. (Note to self: Add generosity to her list of inspiringly awesome attributes).
For now at least, the rest of us will just have to wait until Stanley achieves her goal of teaching classes all over the world (she’s starting with a tour of the eastern United States coming soon!). In the meantime, we can satisfy ourselves by learning the poses on her Instagram. Here are a few more of my favorite pics: