Nancy Rhodes

Owner & Instructor

Nancy is a body positive, fat acceptance activist and the owner and  primary instructor at Abundance Yoga. She struggled with dieting, weight and the size and shape of her body from the age of 6. The message she got early was that her body wasn’t right and it needed to be changed. Many years of dieting and on and off exercising lead to disordered eating. Nancy found yoga as part of a recovery journey. She found the practice allowed her to let go and be in the present.  She became passionate about sharing it with others and started teaching Fat Girl Yoga, a class to reclaim the word fat from being insulting and to reach women that felt like they didn’t fit in yoga. Nancy embraces the word fat and wants everyone to recognize that the size and shape of our body is not good or bad, that foods and what we eat are not good or bad. Nancy is speaking out against diet culture and health myths that have marginalized fat bodies and offering yoga that’s welcoming, affirming and full of permission to be exactly as you are. Nancy is building a community based on love and acceptance.  She knows how it feels to be the largest body in the room and to think everyone can do this but you. 

Nancy is also our massage therapist, LMT #5592, a graduate of Birmingham School of Massage Therapy and is certified in Swedish, Deep Tissue & Neuromuscular Therapy Massage techniques. 

Nancy is passionate about functional movement for connecting to our body and appreciating our quality and longevity of life. She has witnessed changes in her own body through pairing yoga and massage and specializes in creating a safe and accepting space to help others in their search for movement and deep relaxation. She believes that pairing the practice of yoga and regular massage can create the healing we all need for deep peace

Nancy is 200 hr E-RYT certified in Ashtanga yoga, 500 hr RYT certified and YACEP certified yoga educator.  Nancy holds certifications in Chair, Restorative, Yoga for Sensory Disorders, and Curvy Yoga. Nancy is trained in Yoga for Children, Kundalini, Prenatal, Yin Yoga, and Yoga for All. Nancy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in the Science of Health and Wellness and is a National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association certified Wellness Coach.

But if you’re not interested in yoga, Nancy facilitates Fat Babe Book Club to read books by and about fabulous, fat, radical body lovin’ humans.