Where to find fat-positive yoga in the Twin Cities

You can't swing a yoga mat without hitting a yoga teacher these days. But if you're in a larger body, it can be challenging to find a yoga class where you feel like you belong. I remember not knowing where I could practice without getting side eye or, worse, being completely ignored by the teacher. After becoming a teacher myself, I discovered a close-knit group of humans who are teaching yoga to people in non-traditional yoga bodies: fat people, seniors, trans people, differently-abled people. It’s awesome, and unfortunately, a rather well-kept secret. And I’m hoping to change that.

Here’s a list of yoga classes and teachers who are explicitly fat-positive and accepting of all bodies. These teachers will welcome you just as you are. There’s no diet talk, no judgement about your body, and no assumptions about what it can or can't do. Many of the teachers are in larger bodies too! There are a wide-variety of yoga styles listed and classes are at varying price points. And they are spread across the Minneapolis - Saint Paul metro area.

The list is sorted by day of the week and classes are listed chronologically by start time each day. This list is by no means exhaustive, so if you’re a body-positive, fat positive, welcoming yoga teacher (or you know one), please send me an email and I will add you to the list!


MONDAYS

Morning Yoga for Flexibility and Balance
Mondays, 5:45-6:45 AM, Saint Paul at YWCA of St. Paul

  • Elen Bahr, Brave Space Yoga & Wellness

  • Yoga Therapist

  • Body positive and welcoming to all

  • Cost: Included in YWCA membership

Yoga for Stronger Bones
Mondays, 8-9 AM, Saint Paul at YWCA of St. Paul

  • Elen Bahr, Brave Space Yoga & Wellness

  • Yoga Therapist

  • Body positive and welcoming to all

  • Cost: Included in YWCA membership

Curvy Yoga
Mondays, 9:45 AM, Arden Hills at Balance For Life

  • Elisabeth Pletcher, Curvy Yoga Minneapolis

  • Curvy Yoga Certified Teacher

  • Curvy Conscious and open and welcoming to all

  • Cost: $25 drop-in class

Radical Yoga for Larger People - Intermediate Flow
Mondays, 6-7 PM, Richfield at Blue Box Counseling & Wellness

  • Ani Janzen, Radical Health Alliance

  • Teacher is in a larger body and part of the HAES movement

  • Exclusively for larger bodies.

  • Cost: $15 per class

Slow Flow
Mondays, 7:15-8:15 PM, Saint Paul at Tula Yoga

  • Dylan Galos

  • Teacher is in a larger body

  • Open to bodies of all sizes.

  • Yoga For All Certified Teacher

  • Cost: Suggested donation: $10, Minimum $5.

Candlelight Gentle Hatha
Mondays, 8:30-9:30 PM, Saint Paul at Tula Yoga

  • Dylan Galos

  • Teacher is in a larger body

  • Open to bodies of all sizes.

  • Yoga For All Certified Teacher

  • Cost: Suggested donation: $10, Minimum $5.


TUESDAYS

Soma Yoga
Tuesdays, 10-11:15 AM, Saint Paul at Bliss Yoga

  • Elen Bahr, Brave Space Yoga & Wellness

  • Yoga Therapist

  • Body positive and welcoming to all

  • Cost: $18 drop-in class

Curvy Yoga
Thursdays, 6 PM, Arden Hills at Balance For Life

  • Elisabeth Pletcher, Curvy Yoga Minneapolis

  • Curvy Yoga Certified Teacher

  • Curvy Conscious and open and welcoming to all

  • Cost: $25 drop-in class

Beginner Big A#%! Yoga 6-Class Series
Tuesdays, 7:45-9 PM, Saint Louis Park, The Yoga Center Retreat

  • Rachel Holdgrafer, Peaceful Mind Yoga

  • Teacher is in a larger body and part of the HAES movement

  • Exclusively for larger bodies

  • Yoga For All Certified Teacher

  • Cost: $125 for 6 sessions

Surrender / Yin
Tuesdays, 8-9 PM, Eagan Lifetime Fitness

  • Dylan Galos

  • Teacher is in a larger body

  • Open to bodies of all sizes.

  • Yoga For All Certified Teacher

  • Cost: Included in Lifetime membership


WEDNESDAYS

Morning Yoga for Flexibility and Balance
Wednesdays, 5:45-6:45 AM, Saint Paul at YWCA of St. Paul

  • Elen Bahr, Brave Space Yoga & Wellness

  • Yoga Therapist

  • Body positive and welcoming to all

  • Cost: Included in YWCA membership

Feel Better in Your Body
Wednesdays, 8-9 AM, Saint Paul at YWCA of St. Paul

  • Elen Bahr, Brave Space Yoga & Wellness

  • Yoga Therapist

  • Body positive and welcoming to all

  • Cost: Included in YWCA membership

Free Yoga
Wednesdays, 7:15-8:15 PM, Saint Paul at Unity Church Unitarian

  • Elen Bahr, Brave Space Yoga & Wellness

  • Yoga Therapist

  • Body positive and welcoming to all

  • Cost: Free!

Relax and Unwind: Yoga for Every Body
Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30 PM, Saint Louis Park Community Ed

  • Rachel Holdgrafer, Peaceful Mind Yoga

  • Teacher is in a larger body and part of the HAES movement

  • Open to bodies of all sizes. Fat bodies and celebrated.

  • Yoga For All Certified Teacher

  • Cost: Register in advance. Self-selected sliding scale based on your income


THURSDAYS

Gentle Yoga
Thursdays, 9:45 AM, Arden Hills at Balance For Life

  • Elisabeth Pletcher, Curvy Yoga Minneapolis

  • Curvy Yoga Certified Teacher

  • Curvy Conscious and open and welcoming to all

  • Cost: $25 drop-in class

Soma Flow
Thursdays, 10-11:15 AM, Saint Paul at Bliss Yoga

  • Elen Bahr, Brave Space Yoga & Wellness

  • Yoga Therapist

  • Body positive and welcoming to all

  • Cost: $18 drop-in class

Curvy Yoga
Thursdays, 7:30 PM, Minneapolis at Yess Yoga

  • Elisabeth Pletcher, Curvy Yoga Minneapolis

  • Curvy Yoga Certified Teacher

  • Curvy Conscious and open and welcoming to all

  • Cost: $17 drop-in class


FRIDAYS

Slow Flow
Fridays, Noon, Minneapolis at Yess Yoga

  • Elisabeth Pletcher, Curvy Yoga Minneapolis

  • Curvy Yoga Certified Teacher

  • Curvy Conscious and open and welcoming to all

  • Cost: $17 drop-in class


SATURDAYS

Free Yoga for All
Saturdays, 9-10 AM, Saint Louis Park Community Ed

  • Rachel Holdgrafer, Peaceful Mind Yoga

  • Teacher is in a larger body and part of the HAES movement

  • Open to bodies of all sizes. Fat bodies welcomed and celebrated.

  • Yoga For All Certified Teacher

  • Cost: Free!

Yoga For All Bodies
Saturdays, 2:30-3:45 PM, North Minneapolis at The Yoga Room

  • Rachel Holdgrafer, Peaceful Mind Yoga

  • Teacher is in a larger body and part of the HAES movement

  • Open to bodies of all sizes. Fat bodies welcomed and celebrated.

  • Yoga For All Certified Teacher

  • Cost: $75 for 6-session series

Yoga For Larger Bodies
Saturdays, 4-5:15 PM, North Minneapolis at The Yoga Room

  • Rachel Holdgrafer, Peaceful Mind Yoga

  • Teacher is in a larger body and part of the HAES movement

  • Exclusively for larger bodies

  • Yoga For All Certified Teacher

  • Cost: $75 for 6-session series


SUNDAYS

Root / Slow Flow (Starting in May)
Sundays, 9-10 AM, Eagan Lifetime Fitness

  • Dylan Galos

  • Teacher is in a larger body

  • Open to bodies of all sizes.

  • Yoga For All Certified Teacher

  • Cost: Included in Lifetime membership

Curvy Yoga
Sundays, 10:30 AM, Arden Hills at Balance For Life

  • Elisabeth Pletcher, Curvy Yoga Minneapolis

  • Curvy Yoga Certified Teacher

  • Curvy Conscious and open and welcoming to all

  • Cost: $25 drop-in class

Yin Yoga
Sundays, 11:30 AM, Arden Hills at Balance For Life

  • Elisabeth Pletcher, Curvy Yoga Minneapolis

  • Curvy Yoga Certified Teacher

  • Curvy Conscious and open and welcoming to all

  • Cost: $25 drop-in class

Gentle + Restorative Yoga for All Bodies Workshop
4th Sunday, Noon-2 PM, North Minneapolis at The Yoga Room

  • Rachel Holdgrafer, Peaceful Mind Yoga

  • Teacher is in a larger body and part of the HAES movement

  • Open to bodies of all sizes. Fat bodies welcomed and celebrated.

  • Yoga For All Certified Teacher

  • Cost: $25

Radical Yoga for Larger People - All Levels Flow
Sundays, 5-6 PM, Richfield at Blue Box Counseling & Wellness

  • Ani Janzen, Radical Health Alliance

  • Teacher is in a larger body and part of the HAES movement

  • Exclusively for larger bodies

  • Cost: $15 per class

Radical Yoga for Larger People - Restorative
Sundays, 6-7 PM, Richfield at Blue Box Counseling & Wellness

  • Ani Janzen, Radical Health Alliance

  • Teacher is in a larger body and part of the HAES movement

  • Exclusively for larger bodies

  • Cost: $15 per class

Soma Yoga
Sundays, 6:30-7:45 PM, Saint Paul at Bliss Yoga

  • Elen Bahr, Brave Space Yoga & Wellness

  • Yoga Therapist

  • Body positive and welcoming to all

  • Cost: $18 drop-in class


CLASSES COMING SOON!

Magical Yoga
New classes coming soon! | Richfield at Blue Box Counseling & Wellness

  • Rose Nelson

  • Offering narrative yoga for all bodies and experience levels.

  • Cost: $15 per class

Real Life Coffee & Yoga
Classes coming soon! | East Saint Paul
There’s an amazing new yoga and coffee shop coming to East Saint Paul! Real Life Coffee & Yoga will be offering daily body-positive yoga (and yummy coffee) on Rice Street. Grand opening is estimated for 4/15/19. I will make sure to post details when it’s ready for you to roll out your mat!