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Our dedicated volunteer board of directors provides strategic direction that advances the development and livelihood of yoga professionals and advocates for safety and accessibility in yoga.

 

 

Kerry Maiorca

Kerry Maiorca, Chair

E-RYT 500, RPYT, YACEP; Illinois
Kerry is the founder of Bloom Yoga Studio in Chicago and is proud to direct its RYS 200 and RPYS teacher training programs. A yoga teacher for 20 years, Kerry is passionate about making yoga unintimidating and accessible for each unique student. Her writing has been featured on The Huffington Post , Elephant Journal , and Mindbodygreen , among others, and she explores the intersection of yoga and daily life on her Thinking Yogi blog. She has served on the board of her local chamber of commerce and has been a member of Yoga Alliance's Standards Committee since 2012.
Elected on August 14, 2013; term expires December 31, 2018

 

 

Terri McDermott

Terri McDermott, Vice Chair

E-RYT 200, YACEP, CMA; Michigan
Terri’s interest in yoga began as a seed planted in her childhood that slowly blossomed as time allowed her to pursue her passion. She completed her 200-hour teacher training at Yen Yoga & Fitness in Traverse City, MI in 2012 and currently enjoys sharing her yoga and meditation practice with members of her teacher training community. Her love of serving others is shown through her work in the education industry, including her service for the past 25 years on the Executive Board of the Michigan Education Association’s Educational Support Professionals program. Terri currently serves as the Co-Chair of Yoga Alliance’s Member Benefits Committee, and looks forward to this opportunity to continue in the growth with Yoga Alliance by serving as a board member.
Elected on April 14, 2015; term expires April 1, 2019

 

 

Marion 'Mugs' McConnell

Marion "Mugs" McConnell, Secretary

E-RYT 500, YACEP; British Columbia, Canada
Marion "Mugs" McConnell is the co-owner of the South Okanagan Yoga Academy (SOYA), RYS 200, RYS 300 , with her husband, Bob. Mugs’ early training began in 1978 under Swami Vishnudevananda and Sri Yogiraj Dr. Hari Dickman. Later, training under Namadeva Acharya played a huge role in her love for and understanding of mantra. In 2012 she was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her lifetime contribution to the yoga community in Canada and abroad. Mugs is the author of “Letters from the Yoga Masters: Teachings Revealed through Correspondence from Paramhansa Yogananda, Ramana Maharishi, Swami Sivananda and Others."
Elected on April 14, 2015; term expires April 1, 2019

 

 

Swami Asokananda

Swami Asokananda

E-RYT 500, YACEP; New York
Swami Asokananda, a monk since 1973, is one of Integral Yoga's foremost teachers, having absorbed the wisdom of his guru, Sri Swami Satchidananda, since the age of 19. He is the president of the New York Integral Yoga Institute and the primary instructor for Intermediate and Advanced Hatha Yoga Teacher Training programs taught around the world. He is writing a translation and commentary of the great Indian scripture, the Bhagavad Gita. He previously served as the president of Satchidananda Ashram – Yogaville and Integral Yoga International.
Elected on October 27, 2014; term expires October 27, 2018

 

 

Thierry Chiapello

Thierry Chiapello

CIYT, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, YACEP; Virginia
As a military veteran and athlete, Thierry first found yoga in 2006 while learning to manage pain from injuries sustained during time in the U.S. Marine Corps. Through regular practice, he has learned how to manage the aftermath of double hip replacement and back and foot reconstruction surgeries. Because of his own quality of life improvements through yoga, Thierry chose to teach yoga to help others facing challenges and to communicate the benefits of yoga through asana and pranayama classes, workshops, and special events. Thierry focuses on teaching underserved populations including veterans, the Department of Defense military and civilian populations, and others experiencing stress. He teaches Iyengar yoga classes and workshops at the National Defense University, the Pentagon, VETOGA Teacher Training, as well as special events in the DC-metropolitan area. His goal is to inform, educate, and share the healing benefits of yoga with underserved populations through compassionate, effective teaching and education.

 

 

Staffan Elgelid

Staffan Elgelid

RYT 500, YACEP, PT, Ph.D., GCFP; New York
Staffan Elgelid has been a physical therapist for over 20 years. A native of Sweden and graduate of the University of Central Arkansas, Staffan has worked in a wide variety of settings, including owning his own clinics, and has presented at conferences in the US and in Europe about topics such as guided imagery, healthy aging, mentoring, awareness, core strengthening and Feldenkrais. He has produced DVDs about core strengthening, foam roller use and yoga for volleyball and basketball, and produces the “On Your Authority” podcasts. Dr. Elgelid is currently on the faculty at YogaLife Institute in Devon, Pennsylvania, and is an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at Nazareth College.
Elected on December 1, 2015; term expires November 30, 2018

 

 

Leslie Salmon Jones

Leslie Salmon Jones

Boston
Leslie enjoys a career working with diverse populations, clients, students, youth, and community organizations to help develop mastery over their physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-beings. Leslie has been cultivating her passion as a professional dancer, yoga instructor, wellness coach, public speaker, and community activist. She completed her BA in interdisciplinary studies in health sciences and dance at SUNY, NYC, and she has had the opportunity to study and train with world-renowned masters of dance, yoga, and spirituality. It was through her intensive dance training at the Alvin Ailey School in New York that Leslie was first introduced to yoga, and nearly 25 years later she remains dedicated to her yoga practice and teaching. A connection with African spirituality, yogic principals, the intrinsic expression of movement through nature’s elements, and a transformational journey throughout Africa and the Caribbean, inspired Leslie to create Afro Flow Yoga® in 2008. Leslie is also a co-creator and faculty member for the Omega Women’s Leadership Intensive and at The Omega Women’s Leadership Center.

 

 

David Pryor Jr.

David Pryor Jr.

Washington D.C.
David Pryor Jr. is D.C.-based government affairs professional who works for Microsoft where he manages all relationships with Senate Democrats. He served as Deputy Chief of Protocol in the Clinton Administration and has worked on numerous presidential campaigns including those for Bill Clinton, John Kerry and Barack Obama. David also owned a small consulting business focused on special events, campaigns and government affairs. He enjoys yoga 3 times a week and started eight years ago to help with his chronic back pain. David hopes his background in politics, advocacy, campaigns and event management will bring value to the YA Board.
Elected on December 1, 2015; term expires November 30, 2018

 

 

Saraswathi Vasudevan

Saraswathi Vasudevan

E-RYT 500, YACEP; Chennai, India
Saraswathi Vasudevan is an internationally renowned yoga leader and trainer. She has two Masters Degrees in Nutrition and Psychology from the University of Madras, Chennai, and for over 26 years has been a yoga teacher, teacher-trainer, therapist, and consultant. She was head of the research department at an internationally renowned institute of yoga in Chennai and has conducted workshops around the world on yoga and the emerging field of yoga therapy. Saraswathi founded YogaVahini with the aim of making the healing wisdom of yoga more accessible to everyone and is gifted with an innate capacity to establish deeply nurturing connections with her students.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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