elliot is a fat, white, atheist, agender spoonie who strives to create safe spaces for joyful movement and practical stillness for all humans. they founded change.yoga and are anti-diet and pro-self-empowerment. they live, practice, and teach with several chronic physical and mental illnesses including autoimmune and endocrine diseases, depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. they are anti-diet and pro-self-empowerment. before becoming a teacher, they had practiced yoga for over 15 years off and on. after being diagnosed with several chronic illnesses, they found their way back to a consistent practice including meditation and breathwork. their teaching philosophy is that they are here to help their students build their own practice in order to empower themselves to gain all the benefits yoga has to offer. when they're not practicing or teaching yoga, they're a freelance marketing consultant and wannabe artist, chef, and gardener. *spoonies are people living with chronic illness/pain and comes from the spoon theory by christina miserandino
kesse made me feel welcome and offered assistance during the class without embarrassing me and making me feel like the whole class was watching.
her yoga classes are the best I have ever experienced - it really is for everyone and any level of skill. last week, my wife, 10 year old daughter, and myself were there and all of us had a great experience.
how is the class taught? what if i don't know names of yoga positions or even the positions themselves?
all of my classes are open to anyone of any ability. you don't need to know the names of any poses or have done yoga at all before. i will guide you through the practice and assist with either verbal or hands-on adjustments based on your preference.
of course! as always, it's your practice. if you don't want to be touched, i won't touch you.
what should i wear? do i need fancy lululemon yoga clothes or can i just show up in sweats or other exercise clothes i already have?
absolutely! wear whatever's comfortable for you. you may want to dress in layers in case you get hot, especially in the winter.
i teach what is generally referred to as a gentle flow/vinyasa class. i usually start with some breathing exercises, then a warm-up. next we'll do the more physical/active part of the practice. then i usually end with some stretching or yin yoga before closing with savasana (or corpse pose). i offer modifications for most poses as i'm guiding you through the practice but if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask me!
i teach at several different locations so what's available varies. in general, if you have a mat, i appreciate it if you bring it because there are only a few extra at some locations. also, if you have any other props that you know you like, you can bring them. there is usually bolsters, blocks, and straps available at all locations. if you know you get cold, you may also want to bring a small blanket for savasana.
you can pay either way. classes are $10 or you can get a 4 class pass for $35. you can pay for these in person or online.
what if i'm not very flexible or can't do certain things due to an injury or chronic joint/tendon/muscle issue?
no problem! i have several chronic illnesses myself. the benefits i've received from a regular yoga practice is one of the reasons i decided to become a teacher. always check with your doctor first, of course! then feel free to discuss any concerns or health issues you have with me so i can advise you on any adjustments you may want to make for your practice.