Fat Dude Yoga is creating Yoga for Everyone Else
4

patrons

$144
per month
Welcome! Becoming a patron is just like having a yoga membership. If you're here on a mobile device, click the "BECOME A PATRON" button below to view options.

If you prefer to make a one time donation (every bit helps!) you can do that 
H E R E.

What is Fat Dude Yoga:

Yoga is for everyone, but let's face it... we largely see the same types of bodies in studio classes- usually slim, in shape, super bendy, Lululemon wearing, femme appearing beings.

I really want to smash the idea that yoga is some kind of exclusive club. I want to smash the idea that you have to be flexible to practice yoga- or in shape, or able to buy $100 leggings, or want to wear leggings at all, or have a mini van and kids that play soccer and a husband that supports your white picket fence suburban life.

Ok, if you have all those things, nothing against you! You're welcome in class too of course, but I hope everyone can see my point, can see that it has fallen to stereotype and that we need to break that stereotype! It is natural to not want to enter any space where you will be the only ______ person in class. (fat, inflexible, injured, differently abled, male, etc, etc)

Virtually every yoga class you set foot in is filled with the same types of people, and the same types of bodies. Yoga really is for everyone, and my vision is to create a space for those outside of the usual yoga studio demographic: "everyone else".
Whether you're fat, skinny-fat, fat-at-heart, dude, dude-ette, inflexible, out of shape, differently-abled or anything in-between, if you can breathe you can do yoga!

"Fat Dude" is a concept, not a requirement! Fat Dude Yoga will also seek to reclaim the word "fat" from it's culturally imposed negative connotations with good humor, while simultaneously shattering American yoga studio stereotypes.

About me:
I am not a fat dude. I am what I call “BMI fat”, and what my hubby calls “built like a brick s*** house”. My husband was the inspiration for Fat Dude Yoga and when I worried the name would be offensive he was the one who insisted upon it with enthusiasm.
Despite my appearance often being received as just another white lady with a (mostly) typical yoga body, I have been ostracized enough in my lifetime to know all too well how it feels to be an outsider. This, combined with my observations of fat prejudice directed at my husband over the years, is what fuels me to shatter the Western Yoga status quo. (Besides the fact that my inner Fat Dude is strong... dessert every night anyone?)
I have been a professional Bodyworker for eight years and completed a degree in Yoga at Naropa University, including a 1000 hour Yoga Teacher Training.
My classes are different because of my expertise (many only take a 200 hour Teacher Training), my knowledge of anatomy and kinesiology from years of clinical bodywork, and tons of amazing hands-on adjustments: an art that has all but disappeared from yoga studios.

Frequently asked questions:
I love the idea, but I'm not a dude. Can I still join?
Ummmm.... OF COURSE. Ok, so maybe you skipped ahead and didn't read all that preceding information. Let's face it, it is a lot of text. To give you a short answer, Fat Dude is an idea, not a requirement. The whole point is that EVERYONE is welcome!

What if I'm not flexible?

That's great! I'm going to let you in on a secret bestowed upon me by my own master teacher, Nataraja: blessed are the stiff. Now remember that stretching is about sensation, what we often call 'your edge'. Yoga is all about working your edge, physical or mental, to create growth.What we're talking about here is that point in a stretch where you can 'feel it' and you therefore know that it's working! Now imagine the bendiest person you know. That person has to go so much farther into the stretch to achieve that sensation, to find their edge, meaning THEY HAVE TO WORK HARDER! Meanwhile, you're next to them on your yoga mat not doing a whole lot and still getting all the benefit they are, or even more! AHHHHH YEAH.

I am injured/differently-abled so will I be able to participate?
YES! The beautiful thing about yoga is that it is full of modifications to accommodate just about anything. Frankly, this will be one of the safest and best classes for you to attend because of my additional expertise. Additionally, my eight years as a Bodyworker has been spent specializing in rehabilitation, pain relief, and other clinical results which means I have tons of experience caring for and healing bodies in many conditions!


Tiers
Big
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
You love this idea, but maybe you aren't in Colorado to attend some classes, or the current class times don't work with your schedule, or you're just dipping your big ole pinky toe in to see how the water is...
either way, you're awesome. You have my undying appreciation and thanks, as well as that of Fat Dudes everywhere!


I'm going to send you some stickers.

Healthy
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
You are thinking "this is amazing" or you've been to a class and loved it. Maybe you're in a budget or whatever, but you can spare one pizza delivery every month to help this awesome stereotype smashing grow into an explosion! 


If you're local- please come to two classes per month! ($12.50 per class)

Local or not- I'm sending you an "Honorary Fat Dude" button!



Husky
$35 or more per month 1 patron
Your love for Fat Dude Yoga is at least as large as your average Nebraskan. (that's a good thing!)
I'm definitely as excited as any Huskers fan for their team.


If you're local- please come to three classes per month! ($11.67 per class)

Local or not- You're getting a t-shirt.

Fluffy
$40 or more per month 3 patrons
The amount of love you have for Fat Dude Yoga comes close to your love for tacos... relax, I said CLOSE.
My love for you is more than my love for tacos, but less than my love for ice cream, just so you're aware.


If you're local- please come to four classes per month ($10 per class), plus the fifth class if ever the month falls that way!

Local or not- You're getting a t-shirt, and a button, and the stickers.

DAAAAMN!!!
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
You love Fat Dude Yoga more than tacos, (GASPS*) more than pizza, (SWOONS*), more than ice cream! (FAINTS*)

Or maybe you came into a lot of money and you're trying to feel like a good philanthropist... I won't look a gift horse in the mouth.
But seriously, I will strongly consider giving up ice cream as a symbol of my monstrous gratitude.

If you're local- please come to all the classes!

Local or not- You get all the swag (t-shirt, button, stickers) and your five minutes of (virtual) fame with a personal shout out on our website and social media!

Goals
$144 of $500 per month
When I reach $500 per month I will add another weekly class to the schedule, so there will be two class time options! 
If you're local, we will also celebrate with a cupcake party!
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Welcome! Becoming a patron is just like having a yoga membership. If you're here on a mobile device, click the "BECOME A PATRON" button below to view options.

If you prefer to make a one time donation (every bit helps!) you can do that 
H E R E.

What is Fat Dude Yoga:

Yoga is for everyone, but let's face it... we largely see the same types of bodies in studio classes- usually slim, in shape, super bendy, Lululemon wearing, femme appearing beings.

I really want to smash the idea that yoga is some kind of exclusive club. I want to smash the idea that you have to be flexible to practice yoga- or in shape, or able to buy $100 leggings, or want to wear leggings at all, or have a mini van and kids that play soccer and a husband that supports your white picket fence suburban life.

Ok, if you have all those things, nothing against you! You're welcome in class too of course, but I hope everyone can see my point, can see that it has fallen to stereotype and that we need to break that stereotype! It is natural to not want to enter any space where you will be the only ______ person in class. (fat, inflexible, injured, differently abled, male, etc, etc)

Virtually every yoga class you set foot in is filled with the same types of people, and the same types of bodies. Yoga really is for everyone, and my vision is to create a space for those outside of the usual yoga studio demographic: "everyone else".
Whether you're fat, skinny-fat, fat-at-heart, dude, dude-ette, inflexible, out of shape, differently-abled or anything in-between, if you can breathe you can do yoga!

"Fat Dude" is a concept, not a requirement! Fat Dude Yoga will also seek to reclaim the word "fat" from it's culturally imposed negative connotations with good humor, while simultaneously shattering American yoga studio stereotypes.

About me:
I am not a fat dude. I am what I call “BMI fat”, and what my hubby calls “built like a brick s*** house”. My husband was the inspiration for Fat Dude Yoga and when I worried the name would be offensive he was the one who insisted upon it with enthusiasm.
Despite my appearance often being received as just another white lady with a (mostly) typical yoga body, I have been ostracized enough in my lifetime to know all too well how it feels to be an outsider. This, combined with my observations of fat prejudice directed at my husband over the years, is what fuels me to shatter the Western Yoga status quo. (Besides the fact that my inner Fat Dude is strong... dessert every night anyone?)
I have been a professional Bodyworker for eight years and completed a degree in Yoga at Naropa University, including a 1000 hour Yoga Teacher Training.
My classes are different because of my expertise (many only take a 200 hour Teacher Training), my knowledge of anatomy and kinesiology from years of clinical bodywork, and tons of amazing hands-on adjustments: an art that has all but disappeared from yoga studios.

Frequently asked questions:
I love the idea, but I'm not a dude. Can I still join?
Ummmm.... OF COURSE. Ok, so maybe you skipped ahead and didn't read all that preceding information. Let's face it, it is a lot of text. To give you a short answer, Fat Dude is an idea, not a requirement. The whole point is that EVERYONE is welcome!

What if I'm not flexible?

That's great! I'm going to let you in on a secret bestowed upon me by my own master teacher, Nataraja: blessed are the stiff. Now remember that stretching is about sensation, what we often call 'your edge'. Yoga is all about working your edge, physical or mental, to create growth.What we're talking about here is that point in a stretch where you can 'feel it' and you therefore know that it's working! Now imagine the bendiest person you know. That person has to go so much farther into the stretch to achieve that sensation, to find their edge, meaning THEY HAVE TO WORK HARDER! Meanwhile, you're next to them on your yoga mat not doing a whole lot and still getting all the benefit they are, or even more! AHHHHH YEAH.

I am injured/differently-abled so will I be able to participate?
YES! The beautiful thing about yoga is that it is full of modifications to accommodate just about anything. Frankly, this will be one of the safest and best classes for you to attend because of my additional expertise. Additionally, my eight years as a Bodyworker has been spent specializing in rehabilitation, pain relief, and other clinical results which means I have tons of experience caring for and healing bodies in many conditions!


Recent posts by Fat Dude Yoga

Tiers
Big
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
You love this idea, but maybe you aren't in Colorado to attend some classes, or the current class times don't work with your schedule, or you're just dipping your big ole pinky toe in to see how the water is...
either way, you're awesome. You have my undying appreciation and thanks, as well as that of Fat Dudes everywhere!


I'm going to send you some stickers.

Healthy
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
You are thinking "this is amazing" or you've been to a class and loved it. Maybe you're in a budget or whatever, but you can spare one pizza delivery every month to help this awesome stereotype smashing grow into an explosion! 


If you're local- please come to two classes per month! ($12.50 per class)

Local or not- I'm sending you an "Honorary Fat Dude" button!



Husky
$35 or more per month 1 patron
Your love for Fat Dude Yoga is at least as large as your average Nebraskan. (that's a good thing!)
I'm definitely as excited as any Huskers fan for their team.


If you're local- please come to three classes per month! ($11.67 per class)

Local or not- You're getting a t-shirt.

Fluffy
$40 or more per month 3 patrons
The amount of love you have for Fat Dude Yoga comes close to your love for tacos... relax, I said CLOSE.
My love for you is more than my love for tacos, but less than my love for ice cream, just so you're aware.


If you're local- please come to four classes per month ($10 per class), plus the fifth class if ever the month falls that way!

Local or not- You're getting a t-shirt, and a button, and the stickers.

DAAAAMN!!!
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
You love Fat Dude Yoga more than tacos, (GASPS*) more than pizza, (SWOONS*), more than ice cream! (FAINTS*)

Or maybe you came into a lot of money and you're trying to feel like a good philanthropist... I won't look a gift horse in the mouth.
But seriously, I will strongly consider giving up ice cream as a symbol of my monstrous gratitude.

If you're local- please come to all the classes!

Local or not- You get all the swag (t-shirt, button, stickers) and your five minutes of (virtual) fame with a personal shout out on our website and social media!