Jonathan Van Ness is here to help you yoga your way out of constant anxiety and stress. You’re not alone if you’re feeling a little ramshackle these days. If your “togetherness” extends only as far as the web camera reveals during your Zoom sessions—or your sleep schedule is off and just the site of the WFH acronym makes your shoulders tense up (sorry)—let us first say, don’t force yourself into a new workout schedule, an unrealistic diet plan, or try meditation for the first time. Instead, envision your life as an episode of Queer Eye on Netflix. And let JVN’s own words resonate with you, “You’re never too broken to be fixed.”
For those who haven’t been on the bandwagon since Gay of Thrones, where Van Ness would recap episodes of Game of Thrones, here’s a quick biography. He’s most well-known as the grooming expert on Netflix’s Queer Eye. But he’s a multi-talented content-generator and his new yoga classes on the FitOn app are just one way to absorb his wisdom and mantra of self-love. For one, he has a weekly podcast on Earwolf called Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness. Each episode, he and a guest expert ask and answer questions about “anything and everything under the sun.” Last October, JVN published a memoir, Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love. In it, he guides readers through his journey from bullying and drug addiction, to an HIV diagnosis wake-up call, to the radiant, positive, joy-filled person he is today.
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quarantine yoga morning w cats fighting 🏳️🌈 after an hour-ish self lead vinyasa class I decided to play around w some advanced asana practice. It took me decades to get that flexible and strong on my hands so please please don’t let that discourage you from getting into yoga. There are so many styles, speeds, intensities, and types of yoga, just try finding the one that makes you excited to learn more. 💗 #adventuresofaquarenqueen
“Hello Warrior I, you’re gorgeous,” have you ever had a yoga instructor make Warrior I sound so painless? So appealing? We’re guessing not. You can find JVN’s yoga classes (yes, besides everything else he’s also a certified yoga instructor), on the free app FitOn. The classes are never hidden behind a paywall, but there is a premium subscription through the app called FitOn PRO. That includes meal plans, heart rate tracking, offline downloads, and more. JVN isn’t even the only celebrity fitness instructor on the app, and their classes include cardio, strength, barre, even pre- and post-natal workouts.
“You are strong, you’re a Kelly Clarkson song, you got this,” JVN tells you, straight into the camera in season two, episode six of Queer Eye. Yoga with Jonathan Van Ness isn’t about getting a perfect post-quarantine body. It’s about accepting where you’re at and doing something positive for your mind and body. It’s also impossible not to feel more optimistic and inspired after a few “Namaste, queens,” from the queen of positivity himself.
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