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November 2, 2016

Badass Ladies You Should Know: Dianne Bondy

Kate Hart
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Today's Badass Lady doesn't need much introduction: You've already seen her featured in People Magazine, The Guardian, and Self, as well as in ads for the Penningtons clothing line. I'm so happy to share this interview with Dianne Bondy.


Kate: Describe your career(s) and/or current projects. What path(s) and passions led you there?

Dianne: I am a public speaker, educator, fat activist, yoga teacher, cultural shifter and over all disruptor. My mission is to shift culture and shape consciousness. I travel and teach workshops on personal empowerment and yoga for larger bodies, and I share my practice on, Yoga International and Gaiam.

Kate: Do you have any (other) creative outlets? How do they influence/affect your main work (if at all)? 

Dianne: I love doing research and studying human nature.

Kate: Tell us about a time that you bounced back from failure.

Dianne: I consider my journey from disordered eating to self- love a huge win. My attitude towards myself.

Kate: What's the best compliment you've ever gotten? 

Dianne: Thanks for not being a fraud. Thank you for bringing your light to this community.

Kate: Did you have any defining moments that galvanized your understanding of and/or commitment to feminism? How does it inform/inspire your work? 

Dianne:The deeper I delve into my Yoga practice and the more I share the teaching, the more I understand myself. My practice has brought incredible feminist educators and critical thinker into my life, like Dr. Sabrina Strings, Dr. Sarah King, Dr Gail Parker, and Dr. Beth Berlia. These women teach critical thinking, gender studies, race, culture, and identity, which influences my work greatly

Kate: What are the best ways to support other women?

Dianne: Show up for them. Listen and help selflessly when asked. As women we often spend time tearing each other down; it is time to lift each other up

Kate: What is your advice to aspiring badasses?

Dianne: Do you! “Other people’s opinions of you are none of your business”


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Dianne Bondy is a celebrated yoga teacher, social justice activist and leading voice of the Yoga For All movement. Her inclusive view of yoga asana and philosophy inspires and empowers thousands of followers around the world - regardless of their shape, size, ethnicity, or level of ability.

She applies over 1000 hours of training to help her students find freedom, self-expression and radical self-love in their yoga practice. She shares her message and provides millions of followers with affordable access to online yoga classes, workshops and tutorials at her virtual studio: Dianne contributes to Yoga International, Yoga Journal, Do You Yoga, and Elephant Journal. She is featured and profiled in International media outlets: The Guardian, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, and more. She is a spokesperson for diversity in yoga and yoga for larger bodies, as seen in her work with Pennington’s, Gaiam, and the Yoga & Body Image Coalition. Her work is published in the books: Yoga and Body Image, and Yes Yoga Has Curves.  //  //
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