Why Is Your Yoga Practice Important to You?

Yoga is a lifelong journey – I’m on board for life and always refining.

Balance, peace, health, truth, and clarity.

It accelerates the pace of my personal evolution, in all ways.

Because it keeps me peaceful and healthy and in alignment with my soul and purpose.

Because it connects me deeper to humanity and to the practice off-the-mat

It helps to keep me somewhat sane.

life. peace. freedom. humility. compassion. awareness.

It is the pathway to my own growth and awareness.

Yoga is among my most important self-care and personal therapy practices.

It’s a blueprint to being comfortable in my own skin

It keeps me alive.

Yoga is everything

My Yoga practice is my inner sanctuary where I reconnect with poise and serenity in the middle of life’s demands.

Yoga is my pathway toward Divine guidance on a daily basis.

keeps mind & body flexible, steady & open

My yoga practice always brings me back to my center in the present moment.

The energetics of my practice is a part of my life; the art is inseparable from my way of being in the world.

It informs my path and purpose and helps me be congruent with what I’m teaching.

My yoga practice brings me both peace of mind and the fire to create an action (karma)

My yoga practice gives me the balance of mind, body, and spirit to be able to serve humanity from a grounded, whole place of love, and devotion for our collective healing and transformation.

Yoga brings peace and comfort, especially during difficult periods.

I practice yoga because it allows me to elevate my consciousness and character

Yoga is a practice for how I want to live my life.

Yoga provides me with tools that enhances my personal and professional development.

Because practicing yoga confers benefits on the body, nervous system, and mind all at the same time.

My being wants freedom and my heart needs stillness.

Practicing doesn’t mean I get it perfect every time; it actually means we need more practice.

Governing Council on Ethics

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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

Anticipated Outcomes Fall 2020

Founding Council

Acharya Shunya

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).

Andrea Fiondo

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.

Danni Pomplun

I turned to yoga when there was nothing left.

I had a rough childhood and lived on my own by the time I was 16. I turned to drugs and alcohol as vices; I succumbed to depression, suicide, and surrounded myself with anyone and anything to avoid confronting my reality of a life in decline. After I lost a partner, and had a cancer scare, I continued to lean into self-destructive behavior. We all have our limits, and I hit mine but yoga found me when I needed it most. Yoga met me where I was — not judging me, but demanding my attention.

With a consistent practice, I took multiple steps towards the path of becoming a teacher. Since then, I’ve studied and learned from the best, crediting Darren Main, Jason Crandell, Noah Maze, Rocky Heron, and Janet Stone in influencing my teaching and teaching style. Each class with me is intelligent, fun, functional, but most of all, authentic.

I consider myself a teacher who specializes in breaking down the elements of a vinyasa practice in an accessible, fun, and light-hearted way. My teaching philosophy is one that allows students to understand movements within their bodies at a functional level as opposed to having a standard, routine vinyasa practice. It is my hope that with each practice, students leave their mat with a stronger appreciation for what the body is capable of, how this practice goes off the mat beyond the physical asanas, fosters an unwavering community when we move and breathe together, and how yoga is always there to support you at any time.

David Frankel

Executive Board Member Yoga Unify

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.

Jennifer Greenwald

Jennifer Greenwald, RYT 500, has been practicing yoga since 1995, a student of kundalini since 2007 and completed kundalini teacher training in 2015.  She is the owner of Jai Yoga Center and assistant teacher to Ravi Singh’s Raviana Kundalini Teacher Trainings.  Jennifer received her undergraduate degree in education and spent several years teaching in public schools; however, her unconventional ways of thinking and teaching began to expand beyond classroom walls.  Her passion for education and balanced living led her to the Institute for Integrated Nutrition where she received her coaching certification.  Her mission on planet Earth is raising consciousness in the hopes of minimizing the suffering that has been occurring on this planet. One of her greatest joys is sharing her love of Kundalini Yoga and the magical breakthroughs and transformations that can occur with the practice.   She is a mother to three children, a yoga teacher, and a spiritual coach.  She delivers her teachings with a little humor and a whole lotta SOUL!!!

Judy Weaver

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

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 Danzig

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

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

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.

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