We are yoga teachers, practitioners, experts, educators, activists, writers, artists, non-profit organizations and advocates.
We promote optimal well-being and healthy body relationships through a consistent yoga practice, including physical asana, meditation, and beyond. We are committed to creating safe spaces for bodies of all types, devoid of body shaming, while offering a comprehensive body image education for yoga teachers, community and media outlets.
Melanie Klein, Co-Founder
Melanie attributes feminism and yoga as the two primary influences in her work. She is committed to communal collaboration, raising consciousness, media literacy, facilitating the healing of distorted body images and promoting positive body relationships. She is the adviser of the Santa Monica College Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, the founder and co-coordinator of the LA chapter ofWomen, Action and the Media and on the alliance board for Brave Girls Want!.
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, ethnicity, or level of ability.
She applies over 1000 hours of training to help her students find freedom, self-expression and radical self-love in their yoga practice. She shares her message and provides millions of followers with affordable access to online yoga classes, workshops and tutorials at her virtual studio: Yogasteya.com and her personal blog. Dianne contributes to Yoga International, Yoga Journal, Do You Yoga, and Elephant Journal. She is featured and profiled in International media outlets: The Guardian, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, and more. She is a spokesperson for diversity in yoga and yoga for larger bodies, as seen in her work with Pennington’s, Gaiam, and the Yoga & Body Image Coalition. Her work is published in the books: Yoga and Body Image, and Yes Yoga Has Curves.
Beth Berila, Ph.D., LLC, 500-hr RYT is the Director of the Women's Studies Program and Professor in the Ethnic and Women's Studies Department at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota. She is also a 500-hr registered yoga teacher and an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist who completed her 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training program at Devanadi School of Yoga and Wellness. She is the author of the book Integrating Mindfulness into Anti-Oppression Pedagogy: Social Justice in Higher Education (Routledge). Her current projects merge yoga and meditation practices with feminism and mindful education to create a form of socially engaged embodied learning. Beth is also the creator of The Mindful Semester: Yoga and Wellness for College Success.
Thalia González is an activist, writer, and Associate Professor and Chair of the Politics Department at Occidental College and Visiting Scholar at the UCLA School of Law. She teaches and writes in the fields of civil and human rights, restorative justice, conflict resolution, juvenile justice, law and society, social justice lawyering, and contemplative practices. Thalia is a member of the Yoga and Body Image Coalition Leadership Team and Chair of the Board of Directors of CADRE. Since 2015, she served as the facilitator for the “Conversation with Modern Yogis” Series, a collaboration of Piedmont Yoga and the Yoga and Body Image Coalition.
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Sabrina Strings, Ph.D. is a UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow with a joint appointment in the School of Public Health and the Department of Sociology. Her research examines how the intersecting structures of race, class, and sex(uality) are inscribed on the body, which is then marshaled to validate social inequality. Her book manuscript, Thin, White, and Saved: Fat Stigma and the Fear of the Big Black Body, explores how body size in particular has been used to maintain social hierarchies in the United States.
A yoga teacher and practitioner, Sabrina is also the director of the Richmond Yoga Project, a grant-funded initiative to offer free yoga classes at a community clinic in an underserved area of Richmond, CA.