Wellness Wednesday: Yoga and the Quest for Diversity and Equality

  • Carl A. Fields Center MPR 58 Prospect Avenue Princeton, NJ, 08540 United States

A conversation with Dianne Bondy on yoga, mixed-race identities, and accessibility. Yoga class to follow (mats provided).

Together we will discuss how a spiritual practice created by a people of color became a commodity primarily practiced by a wealthy white population. When and how did a practice that is about unity become so exclusionary?  It's time to explore why diversifying attitudes around the yoga practice is key to including all bodies on the mat.

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.

Dianne contributes to Yoga International, Do You Yoga, and Elephant Journal. She is featured and profiled in International media outlets: The Guardian, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, People 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.