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Panel Discussion | Practical Tips for Preparing to Reopen and Recover

May 21, 2020, 7pm ET

About This Event

Join Yoga Alliance’s Chair of the Board Kerry Maiorca (E-RYT 500, YACEP) for this panel discussion on practical tips for safely re-opening businesses in the U.S. and Canada. The panel features industry thought leaders from various industries including insurance, public health, and school and studio owners from both the United States and Canada.


About the Presenters

Dianne Bondy (E-RYT 500, YACEP) is committed to increasing diversity in yoga, demonstrated in her work with Pennington’s, Gaiam, and the Yoga & Body Image Coalition. She is published in Yoga and Body Image Volume 1, Yoga Renegades, and Yes Yoga Has Curves. She is also the author of Yoga for Everyone and has been featured in publications such as The Guardian, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, and People.

Shauna Harrison (RYT 500) is a graduate of Stanford, UCLA ,and Johns Hopkins who obtained her Ph.D. in Public Health while teaching fitness classes across the country. Not only is Shauna the creator of Muscle + Flow, but she is also an Adjunct Associate at Johns Hopkins and has served as a panelist for multiple universities and organizations covering the subjects of fitness, yoga, wellness, and public health. Shauna is also a member of the MindBodyGreen Collective and a contributing writer for SELF.

Gary Leinwand, Senior Commercial Account Executive for Gallagher Insurance, is a broker who created and manages the liability insurance program for Yoga Alliance members in Canada. He also has over 20 years in the business. Gary is the husband to his very patient wife, Candace, and father to four awesome kids, two dogs, and two cats.

Jason Lu (E-RYT 200, YACEP) founded Yoga Tree Studios at the age of 23 with his life partner Debbie Fung. Yoga Tree has since grown into one of Toronto’s favorite studios with five locations across the Greater Toronto area and offers over 2000+ in-studio classes a month. They have been named on the Growth 500, a ranking of Canada’s fastest-growing companies by Canadian Business and Maclean Magazine, for four consecutive years. Since 2007, Yoga Tree has been named one of Toronto’s Best Yoga Studios. As the Director of Yoga Tree’s Teacher Training Program, he has developed a specialized training for aspiring yoga instructors. He is humbled to have trained under the tutelage of Cyndi Lee, David Swenson, and Bharath Shetty.

Kerry Maiorca (E-RYT 500, RPYT, YACEP) 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 more than 20 years, Kerry is passionate about making yoga unintimidating and accessible for each unique student, and also provides an online mentorship program for yoga teachers. 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. Kerry is a Relax and Renew™ Level 2 trainer and specializes in teaching gentle and restorative yoga, as well as an accessible approach to meditation.

Christine Marcella (E-RYT 500, YACEP, C-IAYT), is a licensed Integrative Therapist with more than 25 years of working in military medical environments in trauma, yoga therapy, meditation, and alternative healing modalities for pain management and recovery. She is the founder of the Conservancy for Cultural Competence, the San Antonio Texas Yoga Association (SATYA), and the owner of Jai Yoga Integrative Therapy, a Texas studio and wellness center with a focus on the needs of individuals suffering the effects of trauma, PTSD, addiction, injury, and anxiety disorders. She has spent the last 35 years of life dedicated to the practices of mindfulness, meditation, and yoga and to educating those in the corporate, military, and medical industries on the benefits of these practices.

Tim Mooney is the former general counsel and Director of Operations at Tranquil Space Yoga. For over a decade, he guided the studio from a legal, technical, and business perspective. He helped grow the yoga studio from a single location in Dupont Circle to multiple locations and eventual sale to YogaWorks in 2017. Tim is currently senior counsel at Alliance for Justice and serves on the board of directors of Pigs & Pugs Project, a charity that supports pig sanctuaries and pug rescue organizations. Tim earned his B.S. in Environmental Studies from Syracuse University/SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and his J.D. from Pace University School of Law.

Kimberly Wilson (E-RYT 200, RYT 500) is the Founder of Tranquil Space Yoga, an author, and entrepreneur. She is the author of six books, a psychotherapist in private practice, and designer of the TranquiliT eco-clothing line. In 2017, she sold her 18-year-old yoga studio Tranquil Space to YogaWorks, and today, she continues to teach while hosting global retreats. She serves as president of Pigs & Pugs Project and hosts the Tranquility du Jour podcast. She holds Master's in social work and women's studies and has been called upon as a wellness expert by US News & World Report, The Washington Post, Fast Company, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, and more.


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