Jody Thomae is a worship leader; teacher of embodied prayer, creative worship and spirituality; and the author of God’s Creative Gift–Unleashing the Artist in You and The Creator’s Healing Power–Restoring the Broken to Beautiful, both books in the Bible Studies to Nurture the Creative Spirit Within series. Her passion is for the revelation of God to be made more real through the prophetic use of the arts in church and formational ministry. It is her desire to portray the message of Christ’s desperate and unfailing love for His people to help sustain the hearts of the broken and weary. She is particularly interested in the way in which God uses the arts to bring formational development and healing to His people, as well as the reclamation of the body in the healing of trauma and works in the area of embodiment with survivors of abuse, trauma, and other wounding events. Her life verse is Isaiah 50:4. She has over two decades of experience in in both ministry and body-oriented work and graduated from Ashland Theological Seminary with a degree in spiritual formation.
In addition, Jody has also taught exercise and yoga classes for over 20 years and began combining faith and fitness together in Christ-centered classes in 2013. Over the years, she has worked with a variety of populations including children, teens, older active adults, nursing home residents, survivors of abuse, addiction and trauma, as well as teens and young adults with Intellectual and Developmental (IDD) limitations. Her classes are gently challenging with slow, energizing and creative flows that include essential oils and are taught with trauma-informed philosophy in mind. Jody is a Director/Ambassador for YogaFaith, Director of Education for Christian Yoga Association, a Relax and Renew® certified Restorative Yoga Teacher, a Trauma Sensitive YogaFaith teacher/trainer, and a certified yoga therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). STUDENTS of ALL shapes, sizes and abilities are welcomed and encouraged to reach their full potential through this BEaUtiful thing called yoga and embodiment.
You can discover more about her writing and creative ministry at www.jodythomae.com. You can read more about her journey as a CHRISTian yogi here. Also, she’d love to connect on Facebook and Instagram.
YogaFaith is a Christian Yoga Association 200/300 hour school that trains professional and knowledgeable yoga instructors with studies that center on Christ and the Word of God, while still honoring the roots and traditions of yoga. It is our goal to help students find wholeness of mind, body, soul and spirit by encountering Jesus on and off the yoga mat. We celebrate who God created you to be and focus on cultivating your God-given unique talents, abilities and leadership skills. We look to holistically develop disciples who realize their anointing to heal the brokenhearted, set captives free and share the lover of God throughout the world. We at Yoga Faith want to intimately connect people to Christ: mind, body, spirit and soul. As a YogaFaith Director, Jody is happy to talk to you about joining our tribe. She also hosts a Trauma Sensitive YogaFaith training each year at her lakeside private home studio. Feel free to visit www.yogafaith.org to see what these kingdom-builders are up to. #JesusFirstYogaSecond #WholeBodyWorship
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* Shanti is Sanskrit for peace and Shalom is Hebrew for peace. Shanti Shalom is a blessing of Peace, Great Peace.