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Matthew SanfordMatthew Sanford is a nationally recognized yoga teacher, founder the nonprofit Mind Body Solutions, and a paraplegic for the last 35 years. A leading voice in the integrated health movement and author of the critically acclaimed Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence, he speaks at conferences, corporations, and higher learning institutions nationwide.

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

Melody MooreMelody Moore, PhD, RYT, is a clinical psychologist and founder of the Emboyd Love Movement Foundation, a social nonprofit whose mission is to empower girls and women to celebrate inner beauty, commit to kindness, and contribute to meaningful change in the world. She travels across the country teaching facilitators to deliver yoga-based empowerment programs.

Pam DunnPam Dunn is a leader and teacher trainer for Challenge Day, one of the best known organizations in North America teaching empathy, compassion, and other core social and emotional skills to students. She has worked with more than 100,000 youth in middle schools and high schools across the United States, Europe, and Canada.

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.

Suzanne SterlingSuzanne Sterling is an award-winning musician, yogi, activist, and social innovator who has been performing and teaching transformational workshops for more than 20 years. She is founder of Voice of Change; a cofounder of Off the Mat, Into the World; and director of the Global Seva Challenge. suzannesterling.com

Melanie KleinMelanie Klein, cofounder of the Yoga and Body Image Coalition, is a writer, speaker, and professor of sociology and women's studies at Santa Monica College. A body image activist and media literacy advocate, Klein is founder of the Los Angeles chapter of Women, Action and the Media.

Dianne BondyDianne Bondy, a E-RTY 500 master instructor, is creator of Yoga For All Teacher Training and on the leadership team of the Yoga & Body Image Coalition. Her work has been featured in Yoga and Body Image: 25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery & Loving Your Body, and in Yes, Yoga Has Curves.

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. yogahope.org

Danielle RousseauDanielle Rousseau, PhD, LMHC, a licensed therapist and certified yoga teacher, is an assistant professor at Boston University and director of Boston University’s Prison Education Program. Her professional focus has been in trauma services and gender advocacy. She also teaches yoga for veterans and is codirector of yogaHOPE’s monitoring and evaluation team.

Elizabeth JacksonElizabeth Jackson, MPH, is a public health professional with more than 10 years of global and domestic health experience. Her work is published in the International Journal for Quality in Health Care, Journal of the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care, BMC Infectious Diseases, and Yoga Service Journal.

Mary Lynn FittonMary Lynn Fitton, a registered nurse and founding member of the Yoga Service Council, is founder and program director of the Art of Yoga Project, a nonprofit that offers yoga and creative arts to at-risk teen girls in the California juvenile justice system as part of their rehabilitation. theartofyogaproject.org 

Lisa PedersenLisa Pedersen, executive director at the Art of Yoga Project (AYP) since 2009, is a Criminal Justice Fellow at the Women’s Policy Institute of the Women's Foundation of California. She also is a certified yoga and meditation instructor through the Ananda Yoga Teacher Training program, which focuses on yoga’s spiritual as well as physical dimension.

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

Christopher WillardChristopher Willard, PsyD, is a psychologist and educational consultant who specializes in mindfulness with adolescents and young adults. Author of Child’s Mind, Growing Up Mindful, and three other books on mindfulness, compassion, and mental health, Willard teaches at Harvard Medical School and serves on the board of directors at the Mindfulness in Education Network.

Peg OliveiraPeg Oliveira, PhD, E-RYT 500, is deputy director of the Gesell Institute of Child Development and consultant for Connecticut’s Office of Early Childhood. Founder and executive director of the nonprofit yoga service organization, 108 Monkeys, she also is certified as a yoga teacher in various practices, including Baptiste Vinyasa Power Yoga and Thai Yoga Therapy.

Erin GarvinErin Garvin, a yoga teacher in the Nazareth Yoga Kula, is one of the primary leaders of the Rochester Yoga Service Network, along with Lynne Boucher, Jenn Kelly, and Leanne Charlesworth. As a student of yoga for 14 years, she has used the practice to face her addictions and transform her life. She now works to provide the gift of yoga to others.

Nityda BhaktiNityda Bhakti, a vinyasa and restorative yoga teacher and licensed psychotherapist, founded The Yoga Wellness Space to make yoga less intimidating and more accessible, regardless of background, ability, status, color, or size. Passionate about the healing potential of yoga, she currently focuses her private yoga therapy practice around supporting trauma survivors.

Traci ChildressTraci Childress is cofounder and executive director of the Children’s Community School in West Philadelphia, where mindfulness is a core component of the curriculum for children and teachers at the school. She also is creator of the Mindful Reflection Project, and offers workshops to parents, care providers, teachers, and yoga communities. TraciChildress.com

 

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. givebackyoga.org

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. samaryacenter.org

Jennifer Cohen HarperJennifer Cohen Harper, MA, E-RYT, RCYT, is a leading voice in the children’s yoga community, dedicated to making yoga and mindfulness practices accessible to all children. Founder of Little Flower Yoga, she is vice president of the Yoga Service Council, author of Little Flower Yoga for Kids, and coeditor of Best Practices for Yoga in Schools. littlefloweryoga.com

 

 

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Carol HortonCarol 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. carolhortonphd.com

Charlene SamsCharlene Sams is a professional educator with expertise in corporate training, curriculum, and instructional development, along with educational recruitment and diversity sourcing and community outreach.  

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. streetyoga.org
 

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. jacobyballard.com

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.yogaactivist.org

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. y12sr.com

Marshawn FeltusMarshawn 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." actyogachicago.com

Susanna BarkatakiSusanna Barkataki, MEd, E-RYT, is a yoga teacher trainer, writer, speaker, educator working at the intersection of self-care, yoga, Ayurveda, socially engaged entrepreneurship, and healing justice. A descendant of Ayurvedic healers and teachers, she integrates powerful tools for everyday wellness. She also serves on the board of the Yoga Service Council. susannabarkataki.com 

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. givebackyoga.org

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. samaryacenter.org

Jennifer Cohen HarperJennifer Cohen Harper, MA, E-RYT, RCYT, is a leading voice in the children’s yoga community, dedicated to making yoga and mindfulness practices accessible to all children. Founder of Little Flower Yoga, she is vice president of the Yoga Service Council, author of Little Flower Yoga for Kids, and coeditor of Best Practices for Yoga in Schools. littlefloweryoga.com

 

 

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