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Yoga For Bigger Bodies: Gentle Flow

This series is open to all shapes, ability levels, and sizes.

This accessible yoga series is great for students who are familiar with yoga but perhaps haven’t practiced regularly and want a gentle, slow, and steady practice with detailed cues on the basics including how to use yoga props for support.

Enjoy lengthening, strengthening, stretching, and opening up the mind/body/spirit connection with a variety of gentle seated, standing, and lying-down postures. This practice offers support externally (physically) and also internally (mind/spirit). You might build a little heat in the body, and you might enjoy the challenge of experiencing new ways to be in practice, but you'll always be invited to honor yourself and your breath by choosing the pace, options and props that support you in your body.

This is an inclusive and nonjudgmental class that emphasizes Health At Every Size®, body acceptance, and joyful movement. There are no weight/size requirements as everyone is welcome.

Please bring:

  • An open heart, curiosity, kindness, and a healthy dose of patience to meet yourself where you're at. Bring a yoga mat if you have one, otherwise, you can borrow one from the studio.

Dates / Times / Format

6-week series

Sundays, 3:45pm-5:00pm PST

August 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

September 3rd, 10th



$100 for 6-week series or $21 drop-in for one class

NOTE: To sign up for the entire series, click "sign up" on the first date and select the $100 series option. To register for a specific date, click "sign up" next to your desired date and purchase the $21 drop-in option.

Equity pricing available, reach out

About Bethany Batsell

Bethany became a teacher in 2018 after completing her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training from Yoga Refuge Yoga Conservatory. That same year, in addition to teaching weekly classes at Unfold Yoga Studio, she began subbing workshops for Yoga For Bigger Bodies led by founder, Julie Westlin-Naigus. In 2020 she became the primary teacher for all three weekly YBB workshops and as of 2022 went on to become the owner and teacher of Yoga For Bigger Bodies. She is an Accessible Yoga Ambassador.

Throughout her life, from singing to dancing to running to living - she struggled to fully access her breath, to find her voice and to "fit -in". Practicing yoga has helped her to rely on the strength in her body, to amplify her voice, and to honor and find belonging in her experience as a plus-sized, fair-skinned, Black woman. Her love and gratitude for Yoga and a deeper connection to her whole self unfolded the more she practiced and was able to let go of perfection and reclaim body trust and liberation. This led her to want to share her experiences of transformation and to teach others how Yoga can support joy, healing, love and acceptance from the inside out.

Her yoga teaching, like her practice, emphasizes self-acceptance, amplifies positive self-talk, and focuses on the present and our presence in each moment by connecting to the breath.

COVID Safety

There are no requirements for this series. Masking is optional and we ask that you stay home and join the livestream class if you are experiencing symptoms of illness.


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