Marshawn Feltus is a Chicago West Side native and owner of the first yoga studio, ACT Yoga, in Chicago’s Austin community. He has gained recognition through a variety of media, community members, and organizations for his work in the Chicago community and the Cook County Jail. In addition to yoga, Marshawn is a student of faith and the progression of people; he is also a youth mentor and a certified public health peer educator. Marshawn is certified in crisis prevention and conflict resolution, trained in mindfulness and trauma education, and is a life style redirection facilitator for adjudicated youth and detained adults. Marshawn is the current president of the organization We Are Light and a board advisor and co-contributor of the best practice for yoga in the criminal justice system for the Yoga Service Council. Marshawn has an invested passion for restorative justice and helping to usher people into awareness, change and triumph.
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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