Category: WG Inclusion

Jacoby Ballard

Jacoby Ballard is a white trans queer person working to support and nourish local and national social change work through yogic and Buddhist practices, herbalism, and political education, as well as educating and organizing embodied and contemplative communities in social justice practices and participation in movement building. He is a co-founder of worker owned cooperative Third Root Community Health Center in Brooklyn, and co-founder of Bending Towards Justice, an organization that leads anti-oppression workshops and consultations for yoga communities, and leading teacher at Adhikara Yoga School in Western Massachusetts. Jacoby speaks on college and high school campuses, leading collective care,...

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Susanna Barkataki

Susanna Barkataki, M.Ed. Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, member of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Core Community of Interbeing, is known for her passion for decolonizing yoga – practicing yoga not just as poses but as a way of life. She welcomes everyone to yoga through story, questions, and inspires people to their own authentic powerful experiences. Susanna is mixed, born in England with a family lineage is from Assam, India, where an ancient line of teaching the traditions of Yoga and Ayurveda is practiced still today. Susanna integrates this lineage with the practical application of a Master’s degree in...

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Lisa Carbone

Lisa Carbone was introduced to yoga for personal well-being and stress management while in graduate school. This experience sparked her initial research interest in yoga and launched a personal exploration into her own mind-body connections. From there, she pursued yoga teacher training where she discovered many insights and affirmations of what she experienced through her teachers and her own practice. Today she is a registered yoga teacher and has been teaching since 2011. Inspired by the tradition of hatha and ashtanga yoga, she is recognized as a specialist in the field of adaptive yoga and yoga therapy for returning...

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Cindia De La Torre

Cindia De La Torre, MBA, RYT 200, completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2018 at Almaden Yoga in San Jose, CA under the guidance of Anuja Chaudri. During her 14-year tenure in growth and retention marketing leadership positions across the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, she has been actively involved in diversity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives via professional, fellowship, and volunteer roles with various organizations, including AmeriCorps, the Mexican Heritage Plaza, the Health Trust, Intel Security Employee Resource Groups, and Lean in Latinas. Most recently, she completed a racial equity fellowship with Net Impact and joined the Latino...

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Phindile Dhlamini

Phindile Dhlamini is a humanitarian and businesswoman who is inspired by the vibrant and diverse African continent and is driven by the pursuit of socioeconomic development of its people. A multi-dimensional background in research, philanthropy, corporate transformation and social responsibility has led her to become an advocate for change with a range of skills across research and insights, strategy, community engagement, project management and impact assessment. It is this combination of skills, strength and passion as well as her flair for creative thinking and a fierce commitment to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), that positions Phindile at the...

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Expert Advisory Voices

We have brought together a diverse spectrum of expert advisory voices, including several who have been outspoken in their criticism of Yoga Alliance in the past, to maximize the perspectives and resources considered in this comprehensive and inclusive undertaking. We believe this will ultimately lead to the strongest new policies and procedures. The following expert advisors provide one stream of input in the process, alongside the thousands of voices inside and outside of yoga who will offer their viewpoints through surveys, focus groups, online discussion forums, and other channels. We also are grateful to partners like RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), who are helpful consultants in establishing professional ethics and understanding of a yoga teacher’s appropriate scope of practice. If you are an expert in one of the working group areas referenced below and would like to apply to be an advisor, please follow the “Working Groups” link and instructions.

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