Folks of all shapes, shades, and levels of experience are encouraged to attend! Most of us receive negative messages about our bodies on a daily basis, and some of us (women, people of color, folks in larger bodies, and gender nonconforming folks, among others) receive more of these messages than others.
I work hard to welcome enthusiastic practitioners (and some reluctant ones too) of all body shapes, skin colors, and gender presentations. I teach modifications and use props to make the poses accessible for all bodies, abilities and experience levels. I'm actively against fat-phobia and work from a "health at every size" framework.
Read more of my thoughts on body positivity in yoga over here.
I ask permission before I touch my students through physical adjustments, every class, every time. I don’t assume consent is implied. Though it is empowering for all students to maintain control of their own bodies, this practice is particularly relevant to trauma survivors and survivors of sexual assault (which is one in three women, and me). I’m deeply aware of the impact that consent makes on many students’ abilities to experience yoga as an empowering practice through which we can develop and nurture autonomy in our own bodies.
To read more on my thoughts about consent, click here.
My classes (and most classes at Yoga Bywater) are sliding scale, which means the student determines the amount they can afford to pay for each class. Sliding scale is a means of making yoga more accessible, by making it more affordable for those who need it to be, while those who are able to pay more do so. This is different than a class that just happens to be cheap.
Drop-in classes are sliding scale $10-20. Prices for workshops and series classes vary based on length. No one is ever turned away for lack of funds, and I’m always open to payment plans and occasionally to trade or barter (with agreements made in advance). Students generally pay anonymously on the honor system. So, how much should you pay? Only you can determine this, but some helpful hints are below.
You might pay near the high end of the sliding scale if:
You might pay near the low end of the sliding scale if: