Welcome to Celebrating Your Body!

Classes

Gentle modified yoga accommodated to your unique body.

Group Classes:

You Don’t Have to be Teeny to be a Yogini

Thursday evenings, 7-8pm Springboard Studio

530 Carpenter Lane Philadelphia, PA  Mt. Airy neighborhood. All props available, chairs, mats, blocks, straps, cushions, blankets.  $18/drop-in $60/monthly

Starting Thursday September 6th at Noon!

Gentle Modified Yoga

Thursdays Noon-1pm Yoga on Main 

4363 Main St. Blankets and chairs available. Bring mats,straps and blocks. $15 drop in.  See discounted package rates on Yoga on Main’s website: www.yogaonmain.com

Private Classes:

 In my personal studio in Germantown/Mt.Airy.  Allergy advisory and fur alert! I do have four legged assistant yoga teachers. $75/hour

In the comfort of your own home, within a 10 mile radius in Philadelphia area. (Negotiable fees for longer distances)$90/hr

On-site in Your Workplace: Take a convenient and rejuvenating break during your workday to enhance productivity!  Fee determined by location and number of staff participating.

Healing Sessions

This is an hour of relaxing intuitive light touch that integrates Reiki, reflexology, aromatherapy, and sound healing. Healing sessions are on a custom built table to accommodate wider more abundant bodies.  Breast recesses in the table allow the spine to be more comfortably aligned when on the belly.  $75/hr

Events/Workshops

Thursday June 21!  The Body is not an Apology Book Club meets the third Thursdays at 8:15pm after the You Don’t Have to be Teeny to be a Yogini class.  Through reading and discussion of fiction and non-fiction related genre, we intend to support, educate, and share issues about body acceptance, spiritual growth, and loving ourselves to the fullest. (yes, pun intended!)  Co-sponsored by Big Blue Marble Bookstore and Springboard Studio. Free

Workshop: You Don’t Have to be Teeny to be a Yogini-August 25 1-3pm Yoga on Main 4363 Main St. Manyunk, PA  19127 Explore yoga through modifications to classic postures (asanas) along with other elements of yoga; the breath, sound, relaxation, and concentration.  In a non-judgmental environment, we will discuss aspects of body acceptance and awareness. *Accessibility note, one flight of carpeted stairs with a railing to get to studio.  Please call: 215-520-7726 with any questions.

Past Events

June 9 Mt. Airy Holistic Health Fair, 11am-3pm I will have a resource table, give a Chair Yoga demonstration, offer 5 minute free healing sessions on my amazingly comfortable custom designed for abundant bodies massage table, and be on a panel “Meet the Experts.”

June 6 7pm Dietland Watch Party at Big Blue Marble Bookstore 551 Carpenter Lane Mt. Airy Philadelphia

The following workshops are offered at various times throughout the year:

You Don’t Have to be Teeny to be a Yogini 

Approaching  Health from Within for Women of Size

Sensitivity Training for Yoga Teachers for the (Non-traditional)* Student

Sacred Space Within and Without

 

Join the Facebook Group Page: You Don’t Have to be Teeny to be a Yogini

What students and clients say

How did this all come into abundance?

Founder: Melanie Jones, Certified Yoga Instructor and Reiki Practioner

This all came about through my personal struggles with my body; physically and emotionally.  In 1990,  a spiritual awakening brought me to yoga.  I was uncomfortable in “regular” yoga classes and uncomfortable on “regular” massage tables.  I dealt with huge fluctuations in weight, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, and body shame. I delved into extensive study of the body and the mind. Discovered that most of the sources of my severe lack of self-esteem and body shame were results of societal prejudice and objectification of women’s bodies. I became a Fat Activist and started speaking about the importance of celebrating our different body shapes and how to dismantle weightism.   I studied medical myths regarding obesity and went on a staunch anti-dieting campaign.  I discovered how chronic dieting can exacerbate eating disorders.  I studied Ayurvedic Medicine, nutrition, and  learned the importance of nurturing ourselves with healthy relationships with food.  I became certified in teaching yoga and developed modifications to yoga poses to suit larger bodies and bodies with mobility challenges. I got certified in Reiki and custom designed a massage table to make it more comfortable for larger bodies. The greatest overall lesson?  Movement of mind, body, and spirit in loving gentle ways can effect profound change.