RW Alves (she/they), C-IAYT, SEP, E-RYT 500, is a social justice educator, certified yoga therapist, yoga teacher trainer, and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner based in Seattle. She facilitates spaces for self-care and community-care for activists and teaches about body positivity, body liberation, inclusive languaging and teaching, trauma-informed yoga, nervous system resilience, accessible asana, justice, privilege, and spiritual practice. Her work in the world and in yoga is informed by her experience as a fat white queer femme with a lifelong involvement in social justice and activism.
RW serves as Faculty for Off the Mat, Into the World and The Yoga Service Conference, teaches trauma-informed yoga through a social justice lens with Collective Resilience (www.collectiveresilienceyoga.com), and is a co-founder and trainer for Bending Towards Justice (www.bendingtowardsjustice.org), which provides anti-oppression, equity, and social justice trainings for yoga teachers and practitioners around the country. She is a contributor to the Yoga Service Council’s forthcoming book on Best Practices in Yoga for Addiction and Recovery.
She is passionate about exploring and unearthing the interconnections and interweavings between social injustice, trauma, social justice, and resilience, and she believes deeply in the power of practice to ground, sustain, align, and inspire us in our important and world-changing work. She loves training teachers to make the healing and transformative power of yoga, somatics, embodiment, and spiritual practice more accessible and welcoming for a broader range of people and bodies. RW is an instructor in the 8 Limbs Grounded Wisdom Teacher Training Program.