Our leadership team brings their collective experience to Yoga Alliance and Yoga Alliance Foundation. This experience helps to guide and serve our mission to promote and support the integrity and diversity of the teaching of yoga.

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David Lipsius

President and CEO

David is the President and CEO of Yoga Alliance and Yoga Alliance Foundation. He has been a yoga teacher since 2006 and has practiced yoga for nearly twenty years. As the CEO of Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, he led the development of a five-year strategic plan resulting in record enrollment for educational programs, developed a 1,000-hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT), and championed the first Spanish language YTT in the U.S. He previously held leadership and creative positions at NBC Universal.


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Shannon Roche

Chief Operating Officer

Shannon brings extensive experience developing and running large-scale community- and coalition-building efforts to Yoga Alliance and Yoga Alliance Foundation. Most recently, Shannon led the U.S. Department of Commerce’s stakeholder engagement around the Obama Administration’s top economic policy priorities. She spent ten years starting and growing organizations to fill critical capacity gaps in the progressive movement, including the Democracy Alliance, which she helped build from inception into one of the country’s largest drivers of activist progressive philanthropy. Shannon has been practicing yoga since 2000, is a proud Duke Blue Devil, and lives in Washington DC with her husband and two children.

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