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About Jody

Jody Thomae is a yoga therapist, worship leader, embodied spiritual guide teacher of embodied prayer, creative worship and spirituality, and is the author of Voices of Wisdom in the Body: a Christ-Centered & Bible-Based Exploration of Energy  and Jesus In My Practice: Bringing the Questions of Jesus to my Movement, My Meditation & My Mat, as well as 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 You might want to start with her series called EMBODIED :: Postures of Pray & Praise, an exploration of worship postures found in scripture. She hosts a variety of retreats, trainings and workshops at her private home studio in North Central Ohio. You can find out more about her embodiment retreats and embodiment training at

As a Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, she has taught fitness classes for over 25 years and yoga for over 20 and leads classes that are gently challenging with slow, energizing and creative flows. She has served the Christian yoga community as a National Director, Master Trainer and Continuing Education Provider for YogaFaith and the Christian Yoga Association, as well as a Spiritual Director for Christian Yoga Teacher Revival. She has trained in trauma sensitive yoga through The Trauma Center (David Emerson) and with Bessel van der Kolk and Peter Levine, as well as in Relax & Renew®​ Restorative Yoga with Judith Hanson Lasater.


You can read more about her 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?" ~Jody Thomae
Jody standing in salute yoga pose under beautiful blue skies
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