Melanie Williams, RYT-200, is a fat, queer, non-binary yoga teacher and self-love advocate in Washington, D.C. She is called to create profoundly inclusive spaces for wellness, self-inquiry, and the inward journey by integrating spiritual teachings and accessible movement practices with the spirit of social justice. Melanie believes that the goal of yoga, as of life, is collective liberation, and in turn challenges contemporary yogis to dismantle the systems and beliefs that hold us all back. In addition to teaching group and private yoga classes, she offers workshops that explore queer identity and body image, manages a radically-inclusive wellness center on Capitol Hill, and champions diversity and inclusion in the yoga industry as a member of the Yoga & Body Image Coalition leadership team.
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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