Sheila Phillips: Yoga for Every Body


Yoga is a journey -- one of self-realization and self-appreciation.  My goal is to help those who feel disconnected to their bodies, who feel they "can't" do yoga, realize their capabilities and their potential.  All people *can* do yoga, because to do yoga, you only need to be able to breathe, and to learn to listen to your body.

I know this journey well, as well as the challenges it can present.  I came to yoga at the age of 48.   For six months, I metaphorically – and sometimes literally – pressed my nose against the yoga studio window, waiting for the day that I would be “small enough” to risk entering the classroom.  Having made the commitment to become healthier, I had lost a significant amount of weight over the previous year, but still was a size 18.  Fortunately, I didn’t wait for that day to come.  One day I braved the sea of spandex-laden nymphs, and ventured into that studio.   My path was forged.  

I found that, as an extremely overweight person, I had lost touch with my body.   In addition to the extra weight, I had nerve, joint, and disc problems, which caused a significant amount of pain.  To cope with the discomfort, both physical and psychological, I had created a disconnect  -- my body, I perceived, was simply a vehicle for moving my brain from one place to another.  Ignoring the creaks and “clunks” that emanated from it became a way of life.  Unfortunately, while seemingly effective in the short run, in the end it made me so out of touch that I was at risk of losing all mobility.I had to become reacquainted with my body again, and learn to value it, with all of its glories *and* its imperfections.   In that process I became healthier and more content with my body, even though it is still far from the stereotypical yogini’s body. 

As I have shared my story, I have encountered many people who have conditions that make them apprehensive about doing yoga ---people who are overweight, people coping with chronic pain, people who feel immobilized by anxiety and depression.  My hope is to bring the gift of yoga to all these people.



Theraputic Focus

Yoga Therapy for Fibromyalgia, Yoga for PTSD, Yoga for People with Disability, Yoga for Mental Health, Yoga for Lower Back Pain, Yoga for Depression, Yoga for Anxiety, Plus Size Yoga


Beyond my RYT-200 training, I am a registered "Yoga Warrior" teacher, as well as a registered "Big Yoga" teacher.   I have trained in yoga therapeutics with Doug Keller and Jenny Otto, and Yin yoga with Paulie Zink and Joe Barnett.  In addition, I have I have a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology, and have practiced psychotherapy in Virginina and the District of Columbia. 

Contact Person (if Yoga Studio):

Sheila Phillips