Jody Thomae 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 is a Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, a Registered YogaFaith Master Trainer and National Director, a Trauma Sensitive YogaFaith teacher/trainer, and a Christian Yoga Association Director, Master Trainer and Continuing Education Provider. She has trained in trauma sensitive yoga through The Trauma Center (David Emerson) and with Bessel van der Kolk, as well as Relax & Renew® Restorative Yoga with Judith Hanson Lasater.
She is also a worship leader, teacher of embodied prayer, creative worship and spirituality, and is the author of 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 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 fullyembodied.com.
You can read more about her journey as a Christian yogi here and about yoga as a healing tool here.
"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