RI Movement and Fitness Professionals*
SHAPE Center RI® lists body movement and fitness professionals who are size-inclusive and weight neutral, including yoga instructors and personal trainer. They are committed to providing size-affirmative space to move your body, train your body, and use your body. Some provide one-one coaching or host fat-positive classes, and some are part of larger fitness organizations. If you are interested in working with any of these professionals, please reach out to them for more information.
NASM CPT, Queer, Trauma-Informed Fitness Professional, & MTS
Alex is a NASM certified personal trainer and trauma-informed fitness professional with a background in social justice and ethics. ALex works with people of all sizes and genders who may feel unwelcome in traditional fitness spaces, and also specializes in working with queer and trans clients.
Alex approaches personal training and activism through the same lens— an intersectional, trauma-informed approach that centers marginalized identities and non-normative bodies. They are explicitly weight-neutral, body-positive, gender-affirming, and anti-racist. Alex currently offers one-on-one personal training in their home studio in Warwick (or at clients’ homes if preferred), indoor and outdoor group classes at various locations in the greater Providence area, and remote coaching and digital programming.
Alex is a former D1 soccer player and multi-sport athlete. They earned their Master’s Theological Studies from Vanderbilt University in 2014, focused in Ethics with a Graduate Certificate in Religion, Gender, & Sexuality. They are a trans nonbinary humanist and use they/them pronouns.
Santosha Yoga Studio (online)
Santosha is an online inclusive accessble yoga studio that believes in Health At Every Size principles. Classes for EVERY body -all ages, races, ethnicities, cultures, genders, sexual orientations, and abilities are very very welcome.
Class schedule and class descriptions can be found online and includes chair yoga, gentle yoga, wisdom and chill, active yoga,
Classes are ONLINE via Zoom- with live guidance with an Instructor who will support your practice.
Pre-register for any class and check your email inbox. The email has a link that will allow you to click through to the Zoom meeting.
Janie Ganga is a medium-bodied Yoga teacher with a background in radically-inclusive community-building and a passion for making the benefits of Yoga accessible to ALL.
Janie is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance (RYT500 & ERYT200). She is certified in the Integrated Amrit Method of Yoga – including Amrit Level 1 & 2 and Amrit Yoga Nidra (guided meditation). Janie teaches private yoga students, has several regular weekly group yoga classes, and loves leading workshops.
Janie has been practicing Amrit yoga since 2002. For many years, she enjoyed yoga classes once a week – she found that yoga lowered her stress level, made her body feel healthier, and gave her perspective on difficult relationships. She is a big believer in Health at Every Size – the simple premise that the best way to improve health is to honor your body. Janie Ganga invites her students to find deep love for their bodies (as they are) and the mind (as it is).
Drawing from her long history as a community organizer and adult educator, Mimi strives to connect with her students and create an environment that feels open, welcoming, and accessible to students of diverse backgrounds, body types, and needs. She has had a committed practice since 2002 and received her 200hr certification from Tom Gillette of Eyes of the World in 2010.
Since receiving her certification, Mimi has prioritized teaching in non-traditional settings and in places where the emphasis on yoga as a tool for healing is front and center. She has taught in medical clinics, hospitals, homeless shelters, drug rehab facilities, trauma centers, and schools and ran the community/donation based yoga program at a local studio for many years. No mater where she is teaching, Mimi likes to remind her students that yoga is about more than the physical postures- that the asana are a vehicle to help bring about a more unified state of consciousness and that the real work of yoga takes place off the mat. Mimi’s aim is to guide people through an experience on their yoga mat that creates space in her students’ lives to connect in deeper and more meaningful ways with themselves, their community, and the world around them.