RW Alves is a fat, queer, white, femme, yoga therapist, teacher trainer, and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. Her teaching encourages self-inquiry, exploration, body-positivity, unconditional self-acceptance, and a sense of joy in movement and in our bodies. She is passionate about teaching in ways that honor and acknowledge the complexity and diversity of human experience and strip away and break down self-judgment, body-judgment, and strictly limited concepts of what an acceptable body looks like or can do. She trains teachers to make the healing and transformative power of yoga, somatics, embodiment, and spiritual practices more accessible and welcoming for a broader range of people and bodies.
RW comes to this work from grassroots, social justice-organizing, particularly feminist anti-racist work, the anti-globalization movement, radical queer community, and fat acceptance activism. After many years of front-line activist work, she came to yoga and somatics for deepened embodiment and healing from burnout. She is passionate about using these tools to support activists and activism so that we can take care of ourselves and each other and go out in the world more grounded and present with greater capacity to do our important work. She sees self-care and community-care, when combined with deep self-inquiry, analysis of power structures, and engagement in community work, as deeply radical acts.
RW works at the intersection of social justice, spiritual practice, and healing justice by developing curriculum, mentoring yoga teachers and therapists, creating spaces for self-care and community-care for activists, and teaching about inclusive languaging and teaching, accessible asana, social justice, diversity, privilege, yoga, and spiritual practice in Seattle and beyond, including as a member of Bending Towards Justice. She teaches yoga for nervous system resilience, trauma-healing, queer and trans folks, fat folks, body positivity, and the Deaf community. She sees yoga, somatics, and spiritual practice as tools for social justice, community-building, and personal and community transformation.