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.

Leadership Team

Melanie Klein, Co-Founder

Yoga Body Image Co-Editor

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Melanie Klein is a professor of Sociology and Women's Studies. She attributes feminism and yoga as the two primary influences in her work. She is committed to communal collaboration, raising consciousness, media literacy education, facilitating the healing of distorted body images and promoting positive body relationships. She is the co-editor of Yoga and Body Image: 25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery and Loving Your Body (Llewellyn, 2014) with Anna Guest - Jelley, a contributor in 21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics and Practice (Horton & Harvey, 2012), is featured in Conversations with Modern Yogis (Shroff, 2014), a featured writer in Llewellyn's Complete Book of Mindful Living (Llwellyn, 2016) and co-editor of the forthcoming anthology, Yoga & the Body: An Intersectional Analysis of Contemporary Body Politics, Mindfulness & Embodied Social Change with Dr. Beth Berila and Dr. Chelsea Jackson Roberts (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016).

Sabrina Strings

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.

Dianne Bondy

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Dianne Bondy is a celebrated yoga teacher, social justice activist and the 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 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. Dianne contributes toYoga 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. You can also find her work published in the books: Yoga and Body Image, and Yes Yoga Has Curves.

Natalie Cummings

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Natalie Cummings is a yoga teacher, yoga web designer, founder of the Yoga Business Connection and a social media marketing expert. Her compassionate teachings have launched many yoga entrepreneurs off the webpage and into specifically aligned client hearts. Natalie is an ambassador for community involvement, combining her offerings with non-profits nationwide. She supports the Yoga and Body Image Coalition mission by spearheading the YBIC website and social media design shares. Natalie is passionate about supporting causes she believes in. She bridges relationships that cultivate mutual success through her unique approach of 'Sincere Networking' within her thriving Yoga Business Connection Facebook Group.

 

 

Thalia González

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Thalia González is an activist, writer, and Associate Professor at Occidental College. She teaches and writes in the fields of civil and human rights, restorative justice, law and society, social justice lawyering, and contemplative law. Her work has been published in leading academic journals such as, the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution and the NYU Review of Law & Social Change, as well as in books, edited collections, and yoga magazines. Since 2015, Thalia has served as the lead facilitator for the the Yoga and Body Image Coalition's “Conversation with Modern Yogis” Series.

 

 

Community Partners

Our coalition was created to specifically highlight partners. We elevate voices, individually and collectively, to give our community further reach by sharing inclusive yoga offerings for every BODY.

Want to join the YBIC? 

Here will find an outline of how you can get involved and an application to get started as a YBIC Community Partner.

Beth Berilla, YBIC Founding Partner
Kimberly Dark, YBIC Founding Partner

 

Chanelle John
Whole Soul Health
Nikki Myers
Y12SR
Lauren Davis
Flow With Lo
Robyn Baker
Asteya Fitness
Rachel Otis
Wear Your Voice
Emily Walkup
Walkup Yoga +
Sarah McMahon 
BodyMatters Australasia
LauraLynn Jansen
theYoke

 

Nicole Rohr Stephani
Body Boop
Wendy Crichton
Young Yogis
Lynann Politte
Yoni Speaks
Celestine Muhammad 
A Peace of Yoga

 

Arjuna Paris O'Neal
Share Necessities

 

Beth Bolton
Whole Heart Bliss

 

Bonny Chipman
Dancing Yogini Wellness
Debbie Simon
Debra Simon Yoga
Laura Burns
Radical Body Love
Amanda Stuermer
World Muse
Jessica Andersen
My Body Does
Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD.
Chime Yoga
Kristen Williams
K10Yoga
Laura Wenger
Yoga Fish
Gabriella Buttarazzi
Integral Yoga World

 

Nicole Lang
Rise & Align Yoga
Kemiko Lawrence
The Worthy Lotus
Brenda Hernandez
Boricua Feminist
Mélanie LeGrand
Le Grand Câlin
Susan Lovett
Hands to Heart Center
Teresa Johnson
Heart Centered Yoga
Cindy Beers
Red Head Yoga
Kelsey Koch
Serenity Yoga

 

Jeannine Marron
Peaceful and Chaotic
Christine Hancox
Peachy Yoga UK