With a new book in the works and a lifelong commitment to making yoga accessible and enjoyable for everyone, we called Jessamyn up to chat about her yogi beginnings, the spiritual roots of her practice, and the revolutionary act of letting yourself exist.
"This practice really is meant for everybody."
Creator of grungy, gritty rock and roll with a poet’s heart, her critically-lauded record, Beyond the Bloodhounds, tells tales of a tumultuous childhood and split geographical identity.
"A little mystery goes a long way."
He's a very important member of our little corner of the web, which comes as no surprise, since he seems to be right on course to take over the whole damn world. Crop-tops and good hair for all!
"Positive body image is a battle that is fought every day. You don't hit a point where you say, "Ah yes, I'm confident now" and just stop feeling insecure."
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"Shrill is a memoir about growing up fat with big opinions, in a culture that wants women to be small and compliant."
There are few feelings better than experiencing a piece of art for the first time and realizing that it will stay with you forever. Watching Gaelynn Lea's Tiny Desk Contest submission was one of those moments for me.
“Disability is still so far out of that conversation realm, so we need to do anything we can do to put it in people's minds more, so that things start changing, because I really think people are good enough, generally. Change could happen, but if nobody knows what's around then they can't change it.”
When recounting that Mildred didn’t like that Gayle was flat-chested at 15, we learn how Mom stuffed her daughter’s bathing suit top with foam. It escaped and floated away during a swim lesson. Rather than express regret at the incident, Mildred offers the response, “Your boobs grew, and your nose grew.”
“I forgave my mother by understanding her.”
Pham’s company, MOGUL, is run by women and for women, and has a profound social mission.
"Listen to your own ideas and insights, but also listen to feedback from others. You don't have to follow every piece of advice, but it's important to listen and be open. That is the concept behind MOGUL: express your ideas and insights while listening to others."
He revealed what really goes down behind the scenes and confirmed our suspicions about how reality television is produced.
“Here’s a tip if you are ever on a reality show: Never ever tell the producers what you don’t want to do or who you don’t like, because that is what they will make you do over and over again.”
Dhaya Lakshminarayanan is one cool lady. She's a stand-up veteran, a Moth Story SLAM host, and the host of Ravishly's very own podcast, Sarcasmic!
“The more and more I do other things, the more and more I find I come back to the basic simple medium of being able to construct a joke and tell it onstage and elicit a reaction. That simplicity makes it very beautiful and accessible.”
After receiving more than 100,000 accounts from women and girls around the world, Laura has compiled the stories and lessons from Everyday Sexism into a book named after the project.
"How can we expect women to be respected in the workplace if their bodies are fair game for harassment and abuse in public spaces? How can we tackle the under-representation of women in politics without addressing a media that judges them on their looks and relationships instead of their policies? How can we take on rape and sexual violence without battling the victim-blaming attitudes that embolden perpetrators to act with impunity and teach victims they will not be believed?"