hiya, i’m lou – this is body bits.
i’m passionate about yoga, massage and creativity as a tools for self-enquiry, awareness, and connection, where we can all feel a little bit more at home and authentic in ourselves. I am committed to sharing these tools and practices in a way that is accessible.
my work aims to create inclusive spaces, where all identities and bodies are welcome. connecting with your body and self should not be reserved for the rich, slim, straight and white. I am critical of normative notions of ‘healthy’ or ‘natural’ and prioritise what feels good, what feels safe, what feels fun, always being guided by our own intuition and limits. my work acknowledges how certain bodies are marginalised, and impacted by trauma, and welcomes in the complexity and messiness of each of our unique experiences.
welcome to body bits.
Lou Thomas is a queer, neurodivergent, non-binary yoga teacher, embodiment specialist, and creative arts facilitator, who helps people connect with their bodies, themselves and their communities. Their work sits the intersection between well-being and social activism, and focuses on LGBTQIA+ community building. They offer deep-tissue massages and run accessible, therapeutic, and playful classes and workshops around Brighton to help people explore, find centre and feel a little more at home and connected in our bodies and the world.
They studied sexual dissidence masters at The University of Sussex, where their research focused on embodiment in a digital world as we learn to navigate sex, relationships, sexuality, dating, disability, and mental health. They have trained in Hatha, Ashtanga, and Restorative yoga, as well as having trained with Therapeutic Yoga and The Accessible Yoga School, for whom they are an ambassador and continuing education student. They have trained in massage therapy with Jing Advance Massage Training.
All their work is trauma informed, and anti-oppressive and intersectional in approach, as they help us navigate the shifting, complex and essential relationship we have with our bodies, and experience a sense of connection and wholeness in who and what we are. Lou's work centres accessibility, and they teach using thoughtful cues which emphasise consent and autonomy, not punishment or performance. They have a deep respect for the practice and roots of yoga, and engage in a continuous process of study and reflection as a white practitioner, acknowledging the colonial erasure and violence of it's history and the on-going cultural appropriation and lack of access for POC within the industry.