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ABOUT YOGA FOR BIGGER BODIES
Yoga can be for every body and this class provides a safe space for anyone at any size to become more in tune with their body. Yoga for Bigger Bodies is designed to bring yoga to those who feel that the traditional class setting is not providing the support and encouragement that is needed to feel successful in yoga.
Yoga for Bigger Bodies is a gentle yoga class that provides mindfulness, self-care, and mind/body/spirit connection. This class will provide you with tools that will help build strength, ﬂexibility, and conﬁdence not just physically but also mentally.
This series is open to all shapes, ability levels and sizes. This is an inclusive and non-judgmental class that emphasizes Health At Every Size® (HAES), embodiment and joyful movement. There is no weight requirement and everyone is welcome!
Yoga for Bigger Bodies is an 8-week series that is held at The People's Yoga Annex on 30th and Killingsworth in NE Portland. By making it a series, we have found that it builds safe space and a strong community which allows people to feel more confident and connected to themselves and others. We continually have conversations surrounding inclusion, social justice and creating brave space for all.
Yoga for Bigger Bodies sells out often, we apologize for any inconvenience and are excited to offer more classes in the future. Registration is held through The People's Yoga studio. Therefore, if you need support with registration and MindBody please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We also offer retreats and workshops throughout the year. At this time we do not allow drop-ins but private yoga sessions with Julie or Anna are a great way to begin!
ABout Julie westlin-naigus, M.A., LPC
Creator and Teacher
Julie comes to yoga through a social justice lens and strives to create classes that are inclusive, compassionate, safe and give space for all to experience embodiment. She is passionate about bringing education, inclusivity and empowerment to yoga teachers and students through trainings, workshops, retreats and classes based on the principles of body acceptance, Health at Every Size® (HAES), Joyful Movement , radical acceptance and embodied anatomy.
Julie created Yoga for Bigger Bodies in 2013 when she realized that many of her students were not receiving the support and encouragement they needed in a drop-in yoga class. Through listening, creating brave space and recognizing her own limitations with her own body privilege, Julie continues to hold space for dialogue and change within her community of students and teachers.
Students have referred to her classes as a “Hatha” style with an emphasis and passion on anatomy through an approachable and experiential method from her studies with Amy Matthews and Todd Jackson. She received her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training from Kripalu Yoga Center in 2008 and has been studying Body-Mind Centering since 2013. She began studying yoga in 2006 when she found herself fully immersed in the Kripalu Seva program where she spent two years studying the science of yoga.
In addition, Julie is a Licensed Professional Counselor who holds her master’s degree in counseling with a certificate in Eating Disorders from Lewis & Clark College. In addition to teaching yoga, she facilitates workshops, groups and individual counseling at Be Nourished. To find out more about Julie's private practice please visit her website.
About Anna Chapman
Anna Chapman, certified Yoga Teacher through Yoga Works, has been deeply involved in the practice of yoga for the past 7 years. Anna’s mission in life is to create a brave space for people to connect and land in their bodies. She is passionate in her pursuits to make yoga accessible for all.
About Bethany Batsell
Throughout my life, from singing to dancing to running to living - I struggled to fully access my breath and find my voice. Practicing yoga has helped me to rely on the strength in my own body, to amplify my own voice, and to honor my own experience as a plus-size, woman of color. My love and gratitude for yoga and a deeper connection to my whole self unfolded the more I practiced and was able to let go of perfection. Soon, I knew I wanted to share my experience and guide others on their yoga journey.
My yoga teaching, like my practice, emphasizes self-acceptance, amplifies positive self-talk, and focuses on the present and our presence in each moment by connecting to the breath.
I completed my yoga teacher training program at the Yoga Conservatory at Yoga Refuge in Portland, Oregon and am registered with the Yoga Alliance as an RYT 200 hour certified teacher.