Gentle modified yoga accommodated to your unique body.
Group Class: 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
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.
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
Thursday May 17th! 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
June 2 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 speaking about “Healthy Aging.”
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
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Attendee of "Approaching Health from Within for Women of Size" workshop. "My perspectives have absolutely changed, especially regarding acceptance and my perspective of my size/shape.
You Don't Have to be Teeny to be a Yogini workshop attendee: "This was a very supportive environment. It was wonderful."
"I've learned to tune in each day to feel more relaxed, centered, and at peace with my body."
"This was a very comfortable, caring class. I felt more peace within myself."
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.