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to Fat Yoga PDX

A movement and mindfulness practice founded by fat women, where big bodied folks are free to move without judgement. Join us!

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Yoga for Fat Folks

Sometimes, you need to make the place where you want to be. Co-founder, Emily Beebe, was looking for a yoga studio that would provide a rigorous practice, along with educated support for poses that take fat bodies, like hers, into consideration. Most important however, was an environment where fat bodies were loved, appreciated and seen as perfect–no weight loss required.


All Fat Yoga PDX classes are led by instructor and co-founder, Amanda Lighthiser. Amanda has been practicing and studying yoga for the past twenty-five years. In 2016, Amanda completed her formal teacher training with Sarahjoy Marsh at the Daya Foundation, and has been teaching yoga in school and community settings ever since. Amanda is committed to teaching accessible, inclusive classes that include meditation, breathwork, movement, and opportunities to reflect on how we can connect more deeply to our bodies, our hearts, and our communities.


Our inclusive, 75 minute sessions are intended for you to define your level of comfort when it comes to poses and their difficulty. We make no assumptions about experience or ability and recognize the difference in every body. Props and pose modifications are welcome and encouraged!

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Who We Are

Fat Yoga is a Mindfulness Movement Collective intent on creating

a safe, judgement-free space for big bodied people

to move, breathe & connect. 

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