About Jody

Jody Thomae has taught fitness classes for over two decades and yoga for over 15 years and leads classes that are gently challenging with slow, energizing and creative flows. She is a Registered YogaFaith Trainer at the 500 hour level, a YogaFaith National Director, a Trauma Sensitive YogaFaith teacher/trainer, a Christian Yoga Association Master Trainer and Continuing Education Provider, and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). She has also trained in trauma sensitive yoga through The Trauma Center (David Emerson) and with Bessel van der Kolk. All classes are held in Ashland, Ohio.

She is also a worship leader, teacher of embodied prayer, creative worship and spirituality, and is the author of God’s Creative Gift--Unleashing the Artist in You and The Creator’s Healing Power--Restoring the Broken to Beautiful. You can read more about her writings and creative ministry at www.jodythomae.com. You might want to start with her series called EMBODIED :: Postures of Pray & Praise, an exploration of worship postures found in scripture. You can also find out more about her embodiment retreats at www.fullyembodied.com

You can read more about my journey as a Christian yogi here and about yoga as a healing tool here

My Philosophy


"My teaching philosophy can be summarized in two words: ROOTED & REACHING

I teach classes that are: 

ROOTED or grounded in form, alignment, intention, inclusion, safety, and a shared-experience between teacher and student.

REACHING or stretching towards personal goals, dreams, destiny, and the God-given design in each of our lives.

STUDENTS of ALL shapes, sizes and abilities are welcomed and encouraged to reach their full potential through this BEaUtiful thing called yoga. I also teach all classes with trauma-informed philosophy in mind.
Won't you join the journey with us?"

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