RW Alves

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RW Alves is a fat white queer femme yoga therapist, yoga teacher trainer, and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner whose teachings promote accessibility, inclusion, social justice, body positivity, resilience, trauma healing, self- inquiry, community building, unconditional self-acceptance, personal and community transformation, and self- and community-care. She works at the intersection of social justice, spiritual practice, and healing justice by developing curriculum, training and mentoring yoga teachers and yoga therapists, creating spaces for self-care and community-care for activists, and teaching about inclusive languaging and teaching, trauma-informed yoga, nervous system resilience, accessible asana, social justice, diversity, privilege, yoga, and spiritual practice, including as a founding member of and trainer for Bending Towards Justice (, which provides diversity, anti- oppression, and social justice trainings for yoga teachers and practitioners around the country. She teaches yoga for nervous system resilience, trauma healing, queer and trans folks, fat folks, activists, body positivity, and the Deaf community.

RW believes that self-care and community-care, when combined with committed self-inquiry, analysis of power structures, and engagement in community work, can be deeply radical acts. She sees yoga, somatics, and embodiment and spiritual practices as tools for social justice, trauma healing, resilience, community building, and personal and community transformation, and 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. She believes deeply in the power of practice to ground, sustain, and inspire us in our important and world-changing work. Learn more at