Access–Centered Movement

with Jess Dene Schlesinger

Trauma-informed movement that attempts to dismantle the hierarchy of bodies and minds.

Classes in:

Access–Centered Yoga for Trauma & Pain
Access-Centered Movement

Wheelchair accessible
Fragrance Free
Sitting, standing, and lying down variations offered
Mats and props provided

See individual class pages for more details.

Individual Sessions:

Private Yoga Sessions for Chronic Illness and Pain

I have been practicing yoga for 17 years, teaching yoga for two, and working closely with a yoga therapist for five.  My skill and knowledge base is vast and my specialties wide.  For the last two years, my main focus has been helping other people with chronic pain, illness, and trauma heal.  I utilize foundations of alignment, core stability, breath work, and energetic cleansing to reduce inflammation, move pain and trauma through our bodies, calm down our nervous systems, and alleviate chronic pain and illness.

I have experience working with: depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD and complex PTSD, gastrointestinal disorders, fibromyalgia, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, chronic fatigue, arthritis, Lyme disease, asthma, lupus, Crohn’s disease, post-surgical pain, post car accident trauma, addiction, skeletal/muscular/nerve pain, migraines, thoracic outlet syndrome, repetitive stress injury, multiple chemical sensitivity, chronic stress management.

About the sessions: I offer sliding scale sessions to make sure that my services are affordable to my community.  This being said, I stress the importance of carefully, intentionally, authentically, and honestly paying what you can afford based off of your income.  Sliding scale is $80-$200 an hour however, if you cannot afford this, you are welcome to contact me and I can see if I am able to meet your needs while sustaining myself.  I am able to travel to you; I do require that your home is free of very harsh chemical fragrance (i.e. is there are Febreze or Glade plug-ins around your space I will have an allergic reaction) but pets are not a problem.  I am also able to do sessions in my studio in San Rafael, if that is more comfortable for you.


I’ve both attended Jess’ access centered Yoga Asana class and her Access Centered teacher training.

In her Asana class she manages to practice what she preaches by prioritizing every need of every body (including moods and minds) of students, NO SMALL FEAT!

… her training really sets you up for success. The concepts are well explained, her handouts well organized, and a good balance between theory and practice. I felt at least the beginning of my brain rewiring around access needs as a result of attending both.

I felt better equipped for teaching asana and felt my needs truly and deeply considered and met as a student.


Jess is a highly skilled, gentle, and warm guide to a discipline I have felt excluded from for many years due to my size (XXL), work injuries, chronic pain, gender, and distaste for the culturally appropriative, pseudospiritual-affluent-white-burning-man aesthetic of other financially accessible classes. Jess brings attention and respect to each body and mind in the room, and makes each person’s needs feel important. I highly recommend this class to anyone who has “given up” on yoga, or is frightened of movement-based therapies for pain, disability, or injury.