Governing Council on Ethics
Elevate the Profession
Education and Prevention
Proposing ethical boundaries for a global organization is tough. This is the elephant in the room that no one wants to speak about – the good, the bad, and the consequences. It’s important that we collectively set these boundaries as we establish new professional ethical standards. Together, we will formulate a code of conduct that encompasses all traditions.
– Judy Weaver
Acharya Shunya is a globally-recognized spiritual teacher and Vedic lineage-holder who awakens health and consciousness through the Vedic sciences of Ayurveda, Vedanta, and Yoga. She is the driving force behind Vedika Global, an online wisdom school and worldwide spiritual community, and the author of the best-selling book on the Vedic art of mind + body + soul well-being and health, Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom (2017) and a forthcoming second book with Sounds True, Sovereign Self (2020).
Amy Aparna Lewis
Andrea Fiondo, MA, LLP, Educational Psychologist, 500 RYT
Andrea Fiondo is a yoga student since 2010 and has taught Kundalini Yoga with her husband since 2015, at their studio, Kundalini Yoga in Detroit, LLC. She worked as a middle and high school science teacher for five years, and as a School Psychologist for 27 years in the Detroit Public Schools, serving the special educational needs of children from age 2 to 26, within a wide variety of schools.
She is a life-long learner, and an avid reader and writer.
David Frankel, JD, RYT 200 is an attorney spending 22 years as a prosecutor with the Florida State’s Attorney’s Office and currently in private practice specializing in criminal law and civil rights. His first yoga teacher was his grandmother and has been a certified yoga teacher since 2003.
Heather Shereé Titus
Heather, Founding Director Yoga Unify, is passionate about bringing authentic yoga to the global conscious community across a variety of platforms. Her commitment to building community and offering service in the field of yoga, arts, sustainability, and consciousness is reflected in decades of community building, community event and festival creation and direction, and program development. Heather has produced and directed the annual Sedona Yoga Festival in beautiful Sedona, AZ since 2013. She co-created Aumbase Sedona, a multi-disciplinary studio of authentic yoga teachers and an on the land guide service for yoga, sound healing, and shamanic journeys on the red rocks of Sedona. Heather studies and teaches in the Hatha Tantra tradition.
Judy Weaver is a yoga therapist and a yoga teacher. Using her 30 years of learning and teaching she founded Connected Warriors in 2010, a non-profit, delivering Trauma-Conscious yoga programs to veterans and their families around the world and BodyMind RecalibrationTM a multi-discipline practice building cognitive and somatic body-mind relationships. She is known as a trauma specialist developing protocols for 3 clinical studies used by Connected Warriors and health care practitioners. Judy lectures and leads 200/500 teacher trainings and workshops at universities, festivals, and conferences, is a Yoga Alliance On-line Presenter and part of their Standards Review Project, and a contributor to the YSC book “Best Practices for Yoga for Veterans”.
LeBaron Meyers has had an eclectic career in investment management, radio, and digital media/tech. She specializes and consults on business development, effective leadership, and strategic communication. Her passion for the intersection of tech & humanity mirrors her love of business & yoga.
Marsha Therese Danzig, Yoga Teacher, C-IAYT, RYT 500, M.ed Harvard ,is a below knee amputee and Founder of Yoga for Amputees® by Marsha T Danzig, a program to help amputees move forward in their lives through the healing power of yoga. Marsha lost her leg in 1976 to Ewing’s sarcoma. She has been teaching and training others in yoga for over two decades. She is passionate about imparting her lived experience of adaptive yoga and embodied movement.
Oneika Mays (LMT, E-RYT) transitioned to yoga and meditation from a career in corporate retail over 10 years ago. Oneika used that experience to support social justice non-profits and teach meditation and yoga inside jails. Today, she is the first Mindfulness Coach at Rikers Island Correctional Facility. At Rikers she works one-on-one with community members in a therapeutic/medical setting. Sessions are a combination of modalities and are infused with compassion. These sessions are meant to help people foster resilience and agency. Oneika also facilitates workshops, trainings and retreats around the country centered around resilience, liberation and compassion. Oneika is committed to dismantling whiteness and oppression in wellness and other spiritual communities. She believes that meditation and mindfulness practices can forge a path to freedom. Power for the people.
Pat Lillis, MD, MHA, RYT, retired colonel with the U.S. military, has more than 30 years of clinical and operational military medical experience, including a combat tour in Iraq as hospital commander. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Legion of Merit twice and a Bronze Star. Pat served in the office of the Army Surgeon General, and played a key role in the task force that established the practices of yoga, meditation, and acupuncture as accepted therapies in the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs practice guidelines for the treatment of PTSD, traumatic brain injury, and pain. She brings her unique military expertise as well as extensive yoga studies and knowledge to her teaching.