Dianne Bondy is a force who is leading the conversation today about inclusivity and diversity in the yoga community. Having been featured in Black Enterprise, People magazine and ESPN, she’s someone with a message not to be ignored.
“Anyone can do yoga and find a sense of body peace even if it is only for a moment, When we string all those pieces of peace together we may find santosha, appreciation and personal fulfillment.”
Dianne regularly discusses the media stereotype of yoga, which presents the practice as suitable for those who are “young, slim, flexible and white. I am youngish, big and black. People of color are underrepresented in yoga. I would love to see more people of color, men and larger bodies on the mat.”
Dianne was introduced to yoga by her mother when she was three years old. “It was our mommy and me time,” she says, and she’s been practicing on and off ever since. As a plus-sized yogi, she wanted to share her love of yoga with others in a non-judgmental and non-competitive way, and “show the world we belong here too.” So she became a yoga teacher. Her mission is to help the yoga community make yoga more financially, physically and spiritually accessible to all walks of life. Dianne has been featured in the book “Yoga and Body Image,” now a popular piece of literature and conversation for yoga book clubs.
Dianne’s “Asana Play Ground” workshop at Namas Day carries the intention for students to feel peaceful, empowered and connected to themselves through the practice. It’s suitable for practitioners of all types!