Yoga Is Disability Justice and Body Inclusivity with RW Alves

RW Alves (she/they), C-IAYT, SEP, E-RYT 500, is a social justice educator, certified yoga therapist, yoga teacher trainer, and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner based in Seattle. She works at the intersections of social justice and spiritual practice by developing curriculum, training, and mentoring yoga teachers and yoga therapists, facilitating spaces for self-care and community-care for activists and teaching about body positivity, body diversity, and body liberation, inclusive languaging, and teaching, trauma-informed yoga, nervous system resilience, accessible asana, justice, privilege, and spiritual practice.

RW serves as Faculty for Off the Mat, Into the World, and The Yoga Service Conference teaches trauma-informed yoga through a social justice lens with Collective Resilience ( and co-founded Bending Towards Justice, providing anti-oppression, equity, and social justice trainings for yoga teachers and practitioners around the country. She is a co-author of the Yoga Service Council’s forthcoming book on Best Practices in Yoga for Addiction and Recovery and serves on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force for the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

She sees yoga, somatics, and embodiment, and spiritual practices as tools for social justice, trauma healing, resilience, community building, and personal and community transformation, loves training teachers to hold space for a broader range and diversity of bodies, humans, and communities, and believes deeply in the power of practice to ground, sustain, align, and inspire us in our important and world-changing work. Learn more at

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