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Rolf GatesRolf Gates author of the acclaimed book on yogic philosophy, Meditations From the Mat, has practiced meditation for more than 20 years. His work has been featured in numerous magazines, including Yoga Journal, Natural Health, and People magazine. He conducts Vinyasa intensives, retreats, and teacher trainings online, throughout the United States, and abroad.

David EmersonDavid Emerson, coauthor of Overcoming Trauma through Yoga, is founder and director of Yoga Services for the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Brookline, Massachusetts, where he coined the term “trauma-sensitive yoga.” He has extensive experience in teaching yoga in various populations to those suffering with post-traumatic stress.

Sat Bir Singh KhalsaSat Bir Singh Khalsa, PhD, conducts basic and clinical research on the effectiveness of yoga and meditation practices. A certified Kundalini Yoga instructor and director of research for the Kundalini Research Institute, he is an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Nikki MyersNikki Myers, E-RYT 500 is a yoga teacher, somatic experiencing practitioner, and an accomplished yoga therapist. Born out of her personal struggles with addiction, she cofounded Y12SR, the acclaimed Yoga of 12-Step Recovery program featured in the New York Times and Yoga Journal.

Kelly McGonigalKelly McGonigal, PhD, a leading expert on the mind-body relationship, is a health psychologist at Stanford University and a pioneer in the new field of "science-help". Author of The Neuroscience of Change, she is a meditation teacher and research consultant for the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education.

Chelsea RoffChelsea Roff is a nationally recognized author, speaker, and yoga instructor who integrates science, women's health, and humanitarian issues in her teaching and writing. She writes regularly for the Huffington Post, Yahoo! Shine,, and Yoga Journal. She also serves as managing editor for the Chopra family’s website,

Carol Horton, PhD, is a writer, educator, and activist working at the intersection of mindful yoga, social science, and social justice. She offers yoga workshops, teacher trainings, and public lectures, as well as serving as a board member with Yoga for Recovery, and as a program development consultant for yoga service organizations.

Traci ChildressTraci Childress, a long-time yoga teacher, codirects the Children's Community School in West Philadelphia, where she supports the integration of mindfulness into classroom curriculum and her Teacher Reflection and Mindful Development Program. She is also creator of Mindful Reflection Workshops, which incorporate reflective work, group listening, breath awareness practices, and principles and techniques from the field of yoga.

Leslie BookerLeslie Booker is director of teacher trainings for the Lineage Project where she brings awareness-based practices, like yoga and meditation to incarcerated and court involved youth. She is also the founder of Urban Sangha Project a collective that supports the sustainability of people in direct service and front line ChangeMakers through mindful yoga, meditation, and dialogue.

Joanne SpenceJoanne Spence is a social worker, yoga teacher, and an international speaker/trainer for health and wellness. She is the director of Yoga on the Square in Pittsburgh, and the founder and executive director of Yoga in Schools, a nonprofit organization that brings innovative children’s yoga programming to more than 20,000 children.

Sue JonesSue Jones is founder and executive director of yogaHOPE, a nonprofit outreach organization dedicated to establishing rehabilitative yoga programs in residential facilities for underserved women. She has trained, inspired, and led hundreds of volunteer yoga teachers, who have donated their time in substance abuse rehabilitation centers, domestic abuse safe houses, and homeless shelters for women.

Jacoby BallardJacoby Ballard is a white, working-class, queer transperson who has been teaching yoga for 15 years. Cofounder of Third Root Community Health Center, a worker-owned cooperative holistic health center in Brooklyn, he is program coordinator of Third Root Education Exchange, a nonprofit that conducts diversity trainings facilitated by skilled yoga teachers and social justice facilitators.

Elisabeth Garrett is a martial artist, certified fearlessYOGA instructor, and founder of gMoxie consulting and coaching. She is cochair of the board for Stone Circles at the Stone House in Mebane, North Carolina. She works with various practices to bring awareness to how we truly embody our commitment to change.

Melissa KleinmanMelissa Kleinman, LCSW-R, RYT, CRYT, founder of Hopeful Hearts Therapy, has more than 10 years of experience providing comprehensive care to children, adolescents, and families. Committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for children to play, dream, connect, and thrive she integrates her yoga and mindfulness training into her clinical practice.

Chandlee KuhnChandlee Kuhn, chief judge in the state of Delaware’s family court, has been bringing opportunities and programs to Delaware’s at-risk youth since she became a judge in 1998. When she discovered the practice of yoga in 2003, she realized that movement, breath, and meditation could be transformational for practitioners of any age.

Argos Gonzalez, PhD, a high school English teacher in the Bronx, teaches mindfulness practices and creates and facilitates mindfulness professional development workshops for teachers in public and private schools. He also provides private meditation and mindfulness sessions, and consultation and coaching for educators.

Marshawn Feltus, founder and owner of ACT Yoga, served more than 18 years in prison. While incarcerated, he took his first yoga class and discovered a level of healing and peace that made him want to share yoga with others. After his release from prison, Feltus opened ACT Yoga, inspired by his personal journey to "Awareness, Change & Triumph."

Jennifer Cohen HarperJennifer Cohen Harper, MEd, a founding member of the Yoga Service Council, is creator of Little Flower Yoga, which serves more than 700 children per week in New York City schools. She also leads the Little Flower Yoga Teacher Training and helps bring yoga to children in places as diverse as tent cities in Port-au-Prince and FAO Schwarz in Manhattan.

Rob SchwareRob Schware is the cofounder and executive director of the Give Back Yoga Foundation and president of the Yoga Service Council, as well as being director of the Global Learning Portal He has been married to Alice Trembour for 29 years, which, like yoga, is in and of itself a regular commitment to a practice.

Mark LillyMark Lilly, director of Insight Communication, is founder and president of Street Yoga, a nonprofit based in Portland, Oregon. Along with sharing the practice of yoga with thousands of youth, he conducts workshops in mindful communication and has developed many special yoga curricula in addition to the core and advanced Street Yoga trainings.

Bob AltmanBob Altman is cofounder of Centering Youth, a yoga service initiative based in Atlanta, Georgia, with the mission of empowering youth with yoga and mindfulness. As a yoga practitioner and attorney, Altman has been working to establish yoga service initiatives since 2008, culminating in the Centering Youth nonprofit program.

Heather CiociolaHeather Ciociola, a graduate of Vassar College and member of the Yoga Service Council, brings more than 20 years of expertise in business strategy, branding, and marketing. Her passion for yoga service led her to offer yoga at Mercer Street Friends in Trenton, New Jersey, from 2010 to 2012, where she was also a home visitor to mothers-to-be and mothers of young children.

Jasmine ChehraziJasmine Chehrazi teaches yoga studies as faculty at the George Washington University School of Public Health. Founder of five community-based yoga studios where she leads trauma-sensitive 200-hour teacher training programs, she is also founder of Yoga Activist, a nonprofit outreach organization dedicated to improving accessibility and trauma sensitivity in yoga and mindfulness instruction.

Molly Lannon KennyMolly Lannon Kenny is founder and director of the Samarya Center and the Samarya Yoga School, a nonprofit service and training organization dedicated to individual transformation and social change. Creator of Integrated Movement Therapy®, and an advisor to the Yoga Service Council, she has been featured in Yoga Journal and the New York Times.