Shandara Gill, ASW
Equity and Justice for all people
Shandara, (known to her friends as Shanie), is Founder and CEO of the Yoga for All Movement. Her intention is grounded in her commitment to create a system of yoga equity within Santa Cruz County. Having started YFAM in 2014, Shanie's passion is in service and generating inspired action in volunteers. She teaches yoga at Janus Recovery Center and Crossroads, a group home for foster youth. As a social worker, Shanie can also be seen at the County Office of Education managing a program that nurtures leadership skills in adolescent girls as they approach womanhood. She thanks James Fox and the Prison Yoga Project for inspiring this journey.
Economic Justice for Underserved Communities
Roxanne is Co-Founder and CFO for the Yoga For All Movement. She began working with Shanie on re-entry issues during her AmeriCorps service at the Watsonville Law Center and as facilitator of Watsonville Community Connections Collaborative in 2014. From there she went on to recruit and train volunteers for the low-income Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) at Santa Cruz Community Credit Union. From a systems-change approach, their different perspectives fostered rich conversations on the needs, services, and opportunities in Santa Cruz to provide lasting change in the lives of those struggling with addiction or impacted by the criminal justice system. Roxanne is excited to help YFAM reach more of our community by growing into a fully-fledged nonprofit organization in 2017.
Cultivating human potential through yoga equity
Ayla is Co-founder and Director of Strategic Development for the Yoga For All Movement. Ayla did her yoga teacher training with Mark Stephens in Santa Cruz, California. She currently teaches yoga and meditation at the Salinas Valley State Prison. Ayla is particularly drawn to adaptive yoga practices and teaching underserved populations. Whether it be elders, inmates, kiddos, CEOS, and anyone in-between Ayla is grateful to share yoga with all.
Burns for liberation and justice for all beings
Stephanie received her yoga teacher certification through the Roots of Yoga program with Hannah Muse and Kenny Graham. She has a heart for service and is involved in teaching yoga older adults and teens. In her non-yoga professional life (though really, it's all yoga), Stephanie works for an animal advocacy organization and an elder justice organization.