Belinda Thurston is a yogini, tai chi player, Buddhist, African-Japanese American, journalist, speaker, motivator.
Learn the history of yoga and how to use the eight limbs of yoga to create harmony inside and out. Teacher training teaches fundamentals of anatomy and physiology to keep students safe; how to teach to diverse body types and abilities; how to create intuitive class sequences and structures that are inclusive and accessible.
We currently only offer apprenticeships — one-on-one trainings with a custom schedule that fits you and the instructor.
Do you need a dynamic, engaging and energizing storyteller? Belinda Thurston delivers messages about community, connection, trauma healing and recovery all with passion that is sure to leave an impression on the audience. Always informative and engaging, Belinda can customize an engagement to be hands-on and interactive, thought provoking or mind changing. Belinda has delivered keynote addresses, presentations for teens, professionals, medical experts and yogis.
Just B Yoga is a donation-based community yoga outreach. We practice “open source yoga” – giving freely and accepting what is given in return. We believe yoga should be affordable and accessible to all. Please consider supporting our mission.
Keeping perspective in busy working environments and not taking stress home is key to a healthy and happy work team. Our clients have ranged from small offices to large corporate clients. Board of Water & Light, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Community Mental Health are among some of our longest-standing clients who we have been serving for years with meditation, yoga and even tai chi programs in the workplace or through virtual web cast. Offer that mental and mind-body break in the middle of the day and watch employee satisfaction and concentration rise.
Belinda Thurston, E-RYT 300, is the founder of Just B Yoga & Tai Chi LLC, Michigan’s only full-time donation-based yoga studio. She is an African-Japanese American, female-identifying sapio-asexual queer, originally from Washington, D.C. who is passionate about equality, eliminating disparity and oppression and creating healthy, thriving, mindful communities.
The studio, founded in 2010, is a safe space with a mission of accessibility and affordability. It is best known for its support of the LGBTQIA community, plus-sized students and trauma survivors.
Belinda is trained in trauma sensitive yoga, yoga for special needs, yoga for children and teens, yoga for bigger bodies and yoga for addiction recovery.
A bulk of her work is teaching yoga for survivors of sexual trauma, working with local nonprofits and government agencies.
Belinda retired from 23 years in the newspaper industry, specializing in multimedia, digital and investigative journalism. She has worked at small and large newspapers including the Dallas Morning News and USA Today.
Belinda is a talented speaker and storyteller whose presentations weave the lessons of a corporate management career and being a survivor of childhood violence and sexual trauma with the healing journey yoga, tai chi and meditation have provided.
Belinda has been a presenter on mindfulness, trauma and wellness and social justice for colleges, government and other agencies. She is passionate about the role yoga can have in the social justice movement and toward healing generational wounds.
Belinda was recognized among the top 10 studios in Michigan in 2017. She received the Woman of the Year Aware by the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing in 2013. Belinda and the studio were honored as a Michigan Hometown Health Hero in 2012.