Dianne is an author, motivator, risk taker, educator, yoga teacher, and creator of Yogasteya.com.
No yogi left behind. Yoga is in all of us, and for all of us.
Dianne has had over 1000 hours yoga training in different modalities such as yoga therapeutics, restorative, meditation and Anusara Yoga. She is a believer in yoga for all! It’s time to invite and encourage all sizes, all abilities and all genders to the mat! Dianne is a teacher on the faculty of Namaste Yoga Studies Program in Royal Oak, Michigan and is the Director of Eastside Yoga School.
Dianne is a columnist for the Elephant Journal and is a contributing author to the upcoming book Yoga and Body Image: A New Anthology due out in October 2014. Dianne is also featured in the book Yes Yoga Has Curves . She is the founder of Yogasteya Online Yoga Studio and is the a founding board member of the Yoga and Body Image Coalition. YBI is dedicated to creating positive awareness around Body Image. Dianne runs yoga retreats, trains yoga teachers, has a husband, two small boys and not enough sleep.
From Around the Web
From Yoga Journal, July 12, 2014
Dianne Bondy founder of body-positive online yoga studio Yogasteya.com founding board member and partner of the Yoga + Body Image Coalition and a contributor to Yoga + Body Image: “You encourage the people that don’t fit the stereotype to stand in their own power and teach and be seen. We hold space for them to do so.”
From Yogaudacious, February 24, 2014
I started when I was about 3 with my mom. She would put my brother and sister down for a nap and we would have yoga time. It was they only way she could reduce the stress of being a Mom with 3 kids ag I loved practicing shoulder stand and down dog with my mom. I do the same with my boys.
From DoYogaYoga, August 15, 2013
Yoga has brought balance by helping me deal better with stress. Yoga has made me aware of actions and judgements. Yoga had brought compassion and patience to my life. It has led me to great friendships and greater self-awareness and consciousness. Yoga helps me love myself and gives me confidence. Yoga makes me stand strong and tall. It also heals my back, shoulders and soul.
From Global Mind Body, September 2013
Yoga in the West is currently dominated by a single demographic group: wealthy white women. Is it any surprise, therefore, that many people of colour don’t feel comfortable practising in typical yoga spaces? This fourth episode in the Yoga and Diversity series explores people of colour in yoga.
From Curvy Yoga, April 23 2012.
What’s your yoga origin story?
My story starts with trying to be thin. Pleasing a father who hated having a fat daughter. It was about being perfect in every way. After doing every exercise, over training, running marathons and self-loathing, I needed to flip the script and be okay with who and where I was in life. It was about changing the stories I tell myself; it was about breaking away from my parents and standing in my power. It was my evolution. Yoga was my salvation.
From Chelsea Loves Yoga July 18th, 2012
How does yoga help you accept yourself completely? It illustrates to me I am perfect as I am -It gives me peace because when I look out in the class I see everyone -all sizes shapes and abilities. I really don’t see that anywhere else. There is no competition in yoga so I feel I am not trying to live up to anyone Else’s ideals.
From Black Enterprise Magazine September 25th, 2012
How has yoga changed your life?
It has made me so strong; strong in my spirituality, stronger in making connections with others and myself. It has also made me more observant, more focused, more compassionate, more loving and more aware of the flavors of life. Yoga has changed the way I look at the world. It has taught me how to find happiness.
Yoga Not Just For Skinny White Girls on Elephant Journal
As I step into the future of yoga, I step away from lots of things, and evolve the practice of my own heart. What I will remember is what I tell my students all the time; stand in your own power. Root down through your feet, firm your legs, lengthen your spine and open your heart to the possibility that you are perfect as you are no matter what the media or society tells you. Sometimes we lose sight of that and we get caught in that idea that yoga is a function of beauty, when yoga is an expression of beauty, discipline, sacrifice and love. Yoga teaches us to feel with our hearts and experience with our bodies.
From Decolonizing Yoga
Did you picture a young, beautiful, flexible, thin, Caucasian woman?
Do you think she can recite the Bhagvad Gita in Sanskrit while doing a one-handed handstand?
Yes, there is a Yogi stereotype and it makes me cringe. Where do I fit in?
Can a size fourteen black woman fit in amongst what the media has created as the ultimate yoga beauty standard?