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Yoga Alliance's leadership team unites their various backgrounds and extensive experiences to support and foster high quality, safe, accessible, and equitable yoga amongst its membership and the broader yoga community.

 

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Maya Breuer

Vice President of Cross-Cultural Advancement | E-RYT 500, YACEP, Certified Vippassana Meditation Instructor

Maya Breuer is the Vice President of Cross-Cultural Advancement for Yoga Alliance, and she provides support for the advancement of cross-cultural competency across all Yoga Alliance programming and activities. Celebrated as one of America’s distinguished Black Yogis by Black Enterprise Magazine, Maya is the co-founder and Emeritus President of the national Black Yoga Teachers Alliance and a preeminent yoga teacher, speaker, practitioner, author, and community activist. Maya has been training and certifying yoga teachers throughout the United States at her Santosha School of Yoga since 2001. In 1998, she founded the Yoga Retreat for Women of Color™, offered bi-annually at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, where she is Emeritus Trustee. She has been featured in Yoga Journal Magazine, Black Enterprise, Essence Magazine, Heart and Soul Magazine, Common Ground, Black Women’s Health, Upscale Magazine, and many Kripalu publications. Maya co-authored an NIH study, now included within the Annals of Internal Medicine; “Back to Health: Yoga vs. Physical Therapy for Minorities with Chronic Low Back Pain”. Her mission and dharma (right living) for the past 30 years has been to educate and support people of color to integrate yoga practices and its philosophical perspectives into their daily lives. Maya promotes global equity in yoga to empower all to renew body, mind, and spirit.
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Kristina Graff

Managing Director, Yoga Alliance Foundation

Yoga Alliance Foundation Managing Director, Kristina Graff, is a global public health professional with a passion for social justice. Over the past 20+ years, Kristina has worked both locally and globally to combat inequities and to contribute to a healthier, more compassionate world. She has pioneered initiatives to expand and improve health services in high-need communities, advancing policy, service delivery, and research. As head of the Yoga Alliance Foundation, Kristina draws on her body of work in the nonprofit, city government, and academic sectors to identify, measure, and scale innovative platforms that expand both yoga’s reach and impact. Kristina earned a Master of Public Affairs degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University. She appreciates yoga’s gifts of mindfulness and centering, and she finds her greatest inspiration through her journey as a parent to her two daughters and as a partner to her husband.
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Dr. Christa Kuberry

Vice President of Standards | E-RYT 500

Dr. Christa Kuberry leads Yoga Alliance’s ongoing efforts to evaluate and evolve yoga teacher training standards. A yoga teacher, yoga student, and yoga scholar, Christa has been practicing asana for more than 15 years and received her Ph.D. in 2015. She currently serves on the steering committee for the Yoga Theory and Practice Group at the American Academy of Religion and has most recently taught courses on Yoga, Comparative Religions, Ethics, and Wellness at the University of Denver and the University of Colorado. Christa has extensive experience in corporate wellness and is a nationally recognized educator, frequently asked to speak and teach at workshops and events around the United States.
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Hilary Mughloo

Chief of Staff

As Chief of Staff and in collaboration with the President & CEO of Yoga Alliance and the Yoga Alliance Foundation, Hilary Mughloo focuses on strategic project management and execution, identifying and solving roadblocks by paying close attention to the daily needs of the organization in support of the team. She works in service to the mission, the members, and the broader yoga community as a whole. Hilary thrives on creating, supporting, and leading initiatives that create collective social impact in local and global communities. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and, over the past two decades, has studied community economic development, nonprofit management, leadership, holistic health, yoga, and other healing arts.
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Jocelyn Prudencio, CPA

Vice President of Finance

Vice President of Finance for Yoga Alliance and the Yoga Alliance Foundation, Jocelyn Prudencio is a nonprofit leader with a track record for achieving superior performance through effective management of finances, people, information, and technology. Certified as a CPA in 2003 after graduating from American University in 1999, Jocelyn brings with her experience and knowledge working with all levels of contributors in a wide spectrum of nonprofits, including trade associations, charities, and both private and public foundations. As an innovative leader who blends passion, integrity, entrepreneurial strategies, fiscal acumen, and results-oriented change, Jocelyn prides herself on maintaining an open mind and learning from all experiences that life presents to her.
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Shannon Roche

President & Chief Executive Officer

A yoga student for 20 years, Shannon Roche’s career has centered around building bridges between mainstream institutions and community and coalition-driven initiatives to drive progressive social change. Prior to joining Yoga Alliance and the Yoga Alliance Foundation as Chief Operating Officer in 2017, Shannon served on the Obama Administration’s economic policy team, where she led stakeholder engagement for the U.S. Commerce Secretary. She also played key roles on the founding leadership teams of three innovative nonprofits, including the Democracy Alliance. Shannon has a Bachelor of Arts degrees in Sociology and Women’s Studies from Duke University and a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and her most enlightening and humbling teachers of all, their two children.
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Erin Vennie

Senior Vice President of Membership

Erin Vennie brings her background of nonprofit management, positive psychology, strengths-based leadership, and appreciative inquiry to her role as SVP of Membership. Prior to joining Yoga Alliance, Erin served as the Executive Vice President at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, MA. During her nine-year tenure at Kripalu, she oversaw the schools of yoga, Ayurveda, and integrative yoga therapy as well as the presenter programming, guest services, R&R, healing arts, and the Institute for Extraordinary Living. Erin’s early career was in the theatre, and it was there where she was introduced to yoga and meditation as means to combat performance anxiety and to cultivate focus and grounding through daily practice. Today, she is inspired by her family to continue to serve yoga and hold a vision of elevating consciousness for present and future generations.

 

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Marcus Wade

Vice President of People & Culture

Marcus Wade is a SHRM certified human resources professional with expertise in both operational and strategic HR business practices, including talent acquisition, employee training, performance management, employee relations, benefits, and payroll. Marcus has a passion for service with a constant commitment to helping others achieve their goals. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Glenville State College and has worked in the HR field for 14 years with proven success in creating cultures of collaboration and implementing change to achieve workplace excellence.

 

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Krishna Yendluri

Vice President of Information Technology

Krishna Yendluri oversees the Information Technology and Project Portfolio functions at Yoga Alliance and the Yoga Alliance Foundation. He brings extensive experience developing and deploying scalable technology and data analytics solutions that tightly align with organizational goals and enable digital transformation. Most recently, as CIO at Microfinance Information Exchange, Krishna led the transformation of disparate, manual data collection systems and maps into dynamic reporting and visualization platforms that enabled industry actors to make timely and effective decisions toward the betterment of the global financial inclusion landscape. He previously held leadership, management consulting, project, program management, and IT development positions at Discovery Communications, College Board, and the University of Michigan. Krishna received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Applications from ANGRAU & APEL, India, a Master’s degree from Kansas State University, and an MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

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