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We believe in a more unified and inclusive world through the practice of yoga, meditation and community connection.
We look forward to a time when we experience a world with inclusion and equity, care for our natural resources and compassion for every living being. This is our story and we look forward to learning each of yours.
As a collective we commit to embody a measure of the following values:
- Caring and loving others as if they were family;
- Intentionally Creating Transformative Experiences; and,
- Creating a Diverse Community rooted in Curiosity and Compassion
The Kindness Collective
No commitment to these values is complete without centering diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of our work. As we create communities rooted in kindness, resilience and connection, we seek to do so beyond what has become the norm in Western yoga - across gender identity, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, lived experiences, body type and beyond.
To build the kind of world worthy of our stated mission, we must consciously unleash the power of that diversity – having important conversations with one another and learning one another’s stories that lurk below the surface. By purposefully and continually cultivating, incorporating and integrating diverse perspectives into our community, we will guide one another along this journey of resilience, equity, diversity and inclusion – pushing the wellness industry to dig deeper than being centered on platitudes and avoiding the necessary challenges that accompany the pursuit to shared destiny.
As a collective, we pledge to center these values in all aspects of this endeavor – beginning with a dedicated member of the leadership team working with management, affinity groups to solicit feedback from the community and spearhead important internal and external conversations and drive an inclusive strategy that serves as an example of building vibrant, inclusive community.
Please offer If you have any questions or suggestions for the Kindness Collective and our pledge towards Diversity and Inclusivity, please direct them to our Diversity and Inclusion lead, Reginald Hubbard at: [email protected]
Reggie began practicing yoga to alchemize anger and adversity brought about from a toxic professional situation. This commitment to practice has yielded the gifts of wisdom, discernment, compassion and abundant peace – and formed the foundation of his teaching practice.
Reggie believes our most important conversation in this moment is how we activate our practices, shifting from the self-absorbed wellness of me to the essential, communal wellness of we. His practice is an example of active peace – taking the fruits of consistent practice to bring wisdom, steadiness and insight to all who cross his path. Reggie firmly believes that a group of committed practitioners focused on personal transformation and community service can change the world.
He says he is alive to share the lessons of his lived experience in service to others – holding space for others to explore and process life for breakthroughs and transformation – personally and societally.
“I am a part of the Kindness Collective to create diverse, intentional community that shifts consciousness for our individual redemption and collective healing. The problems we face in our personal lives and in our society will require us to re-imagine our world and the norms we have become accustomed to. This required re-imagination is the foundation of consistent contemplative practice and community – sadhana and sangha. This is my why.”
Ara has spent her life devoted to studying, experiencing and teaching Movement, Psychology, Meditation and Applied Neuroscience. As an adopted Asian woman raised in Europe by American parents, she knows the friction of “belonging” and the beauty of a multicultural perspective.
An innovator in the field of psychotherapy, yoga and wellness, Ara has designed programs that span the range of resiliency training for first responders and inner-city school educators, to holistic relationship and well being immersions for executive leaders in the domains of politics, finance and social impact.
Ara’s experience has taught her that interpersonal evolution is the seed that sprouts cultural evolution. She is a professional who thinks outside the box and remembers that the only real box is the delta between imagination and action at the leadership level.
Ara’s vision for The Kindness Collective is to grow into a thriving community where, through our shared human experience of love, life and loss, we learn, play and practice together - challenging ourselves to grow beyond our inherited systems and into the more beautiful world we know is possible.
Patrick is living the life of his dreams. He has shared his gifts as an entrepreneur, teacher, and coach within the yoga and personal development spheres for the last 25 years. During that time, he has had a front-row seat to the roller coaster ride of living a life devoted to self-reflection and growth. The year 2020 was a turning point in his personal and professional world when the physical, in-person, community he co-created closed its doors permanently. Patrick and his wife, Cameron, made the challenging decision to allow that version of their work to dissolve, so that a more expansive version could rise. Over the past year, a team of dedicated facilitators and business people has created a new online learning environment rooted in the interplay between live community events, purpose-led meditation, and healing movement. The inspired learning that is COVID and our Kindness Yoga Call-Out are sharing the space with a circle of people who recognize and value how much humanity needs one another.
Patrick works daily with his patterns and blind spots while celebrating the journey of being a husband, father, and son. His favorite way to pass the time is with family and community, sharing what is most inspiring, having fun, and appreciating the moment.
Patrick is living life in the hopes of dying a good death
R.R. Shakti Ph.D.
Shakti is a Contemplative Mythologist, ritual facilitator, and writer who presents a Tantrik approach to personal empowerment and social action. She is the founding teacher of Inner Power Yoga® where through contemplative story-telling and mind/body practices, she offers a vision of deep peace and radical freedom.
Weaving World Mythology with mind/body practice, she guides participants home to their deepest wisdom. Shakti infuses esoteric teachings with real-life meaning to facilitate embodied ritual that is both mystical and practical. Her teachings call for extreme authenticity and deep human connection to activate an awakening of one's inner power.
Shakti has studied holistic approaches to wellness for over 20 years. She holds a PhD in Mythology and Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is a certified Yoga Therapist, licensed Massage Therapist, and Ayurvedic Consultant. Among her greatest inspirations, Shakti counts Sreedevi Bringi, Marion Woodman, and Pema Chödrön.
Evan is a certified 500-hour yoga instructor. Deeply influenced by the rise of asana and meditation practices in California during the late 90s and early 2000s, Evan began his yoga practice twenty years ago in Los Angeles, and has been a student of world religions and philosophy ever since.
Evan weaves meditation and philosophy into his teaching, with a focus of bringing freedom of body, mind, and spirit through the practice of yoga. Evan is also a 550-Hour Certified Massage Therapist, graduating from the Institute for Psycho Structural Balancing in Los Angeles. He is a Reiki Master in the Usui Shiki Ryoho Tradition and Lineage. Evan infuses these healing arts into his trainings, workshops, and courses. He is also an accomplished musician, marketer and operations specialist. Evan holds a BA, magna cum laude, from Columbia University in Political Science and Economics, minoring in Religious Studies. He holds a Masters from Stanford University in Project Management and Leadership. Follow him @evanmadeoyoga
Kourtney De La Luz
Kourtney is a visionary, keynote speaker, philanthropist, yoga teacher, coach, and advocate of us all being well and winning. Having been a student of Eastern philosophy, metaphysics, ancient healing traditions, and spirituality for decades; she is most passionate about raising human consciousness.
She has collaborated on humanitarian and community yoga projects with SAATH Nepal, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living, and organizations throughout Latin America. She is the founder of the East Meets West Yoga Event, and principal of Elevate Your Life Coaching and Consultancy Group.
Much of her work in the yoga and wellness space has been around soul-full leadership, yoga philosophy and modern-day applications, as well as the formulation of pro-humanity, and DEI initiatives.
“While I understand that the work that lies ahead in this time and space can appear overwhelming, the goal is to heal, and we cannot heal what we do not face. That is my why—collective healing on micro and macro levels. Unification and consciousness can only come from a deep healing. Dismantling oppressive systems of all sorts is an act of healing—more spirit than ego, thinking in terms of collaboration vs. competition and so on.” -Kourtney De La Luz
Franco is an Affiliated Executive Faculty member at the Daniel’s College of Business at the University of Denver where he leads educational experiential projects. His expertise is in the area of effective and transformational leadership.
Franco is a certified Yoga instructor in the Sampoorna tradition, a certified wellness coach, a massage therapist, and a consultant. He is a ceremonialist, a sacred drum maker, and a pipe carrier in the Ojibwa lineage. His current research in the Neuroscience field has inspired him to develop several Neuro-Leadership programs and has created retreats in: Argentina, Italy, Spain, France Portugal, and Canada.
Franco is the president and creator of The NeuroTransology Institute which is dedicated to supporting individuals and organizations in effectively dealing with change while enhancing their success. In addition, he created and operates Global Journeys Inc., a travel-based company providing personal and professional growth through specialized travel retreats to Central America, South America, Europe, Asia, Canada, and the U.S. www.globalj.org
Franco resides mostly in New York, enjoys exploring adventure activities with his wife and spending time with his adult children.