Voices

Jafar Alexander

Jafar J. Alexander, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, believes that "practice is what happens on the mat, and yoga is what happens in life.” His belief is “Yoga is yoga. No need to complicate it, it’s quite simple. Breathe, move, and find your way to silence. Everything you need to...

Trina Altman

Trina Altman, BS, PMA-CPT, received her training through STOTT PILATES® and is an E-RYT 500. She’s the creator of Yoga Deconstructed® and Pilates Deconstructed®, which take an interdisciplinary approach to foster an embodied understanding of yoga and Pilates and their...

Marla Apt

Marla Apt is a Senior level Iyengar Yoga teacher and was highlighted by Yoga Journal magazine as one of twenty-one young yoga teachers helping to shape the future of yoga. She has been involved with medical research studies at UCLA on yoga for depression, anxiety and...

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...

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...

Ritu Bhasin

Ritu Bhasin, LL.B., MBA, President of bhasin consulting inc., is an award winning speaker, author, and globally recognized expert in diversity and inclusion, women’s advancement, and authentic leadership. Since 2010, Ritu has delivered leadership training, coaching,...

Steven Bishop

Steven Bishop, RYT-500, received both his 200 hour and 500 hour yoga training in India from Sampoorna Yoga School. He has also studied under a variety of teachers in the United States in the Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and Yin yoga styles as well as Piyo, and Broga. He is a...

Dianne Bondy

Dianne Bondy is a celebrated yoga teacher, social justice activist and leading voice of the Yoga For All movement. Her inclusive view of yoga asana and philosophy inspires and empowers thousands of followers around the world – regardless of their shape, size,...

B Grace Bullock

B Grace Bullock, PhD, E-RYT 500 is a psychologist, research scientist, educator, science writer, yoga and mindfulness expert, and author of Mindful Relationships: Seven Skills for Success - Integrating the Science of Mind, Body and Brain (Handspring...

Maya Breuer

Maya Breuer has taught yoga to all peoples, but has always had a special interest in bringing yoga and its magnificent lifestyle and healing properties to people of color—particularly African Americans who are still largely absent from the wider yoga culture today....

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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. 

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