Dianne Bondy Is the Yoga and Pilates Instructor Making Instagram Feeds More Equitable
There are so many aspects of health that disproportionately affect the Black community, and yet less than six percent of US doctors are Black – a deficit that only further harms public health. Many of the Black folks who work in healthcare have dedicated their careers to combatting inequities. That’s why, this Black History Month, PS is crowning our Black Health Heroes: physicians, sexologists, doulas, and more who are advocating for the Black community in their respective fields. Meet them all here.
Dianne Bondy is a Registered Yoga Teacher with more than 7,000 hours of training in her practice, and she has been a movement coach and well-being advocate for more than 30 years. So her 307,000 followers on Instagram should come as no surprise. But Bondy could have reveled in her influencer status and chosen to post her own flows, thoughtful writing, and personal anecdotes. Instead, she has fostered a community by reposting others and igniting important conversations about everything from body positivity to social justice issues that tap into the zeitgeist. She understands the true meaning of shared participation, and that’s likely why her fans stick around.
Based in Canada, Bondy is more than a yoga and Pilates instructor. She runs yoga-teacher trainings with a focus on creating equitable and accessible spaces; she is a mentor for entrepreneurs; and she is the author of two internationally bestselling books, “Yoga For Everyone” and “Yoga Where You Are,” the latter of which is coauthored with Kat Heagberg Rebar, who is another celebrated yoga practitioner promoting equitable yoga.
“My journey emphasizes the importance of inclusivity, equity, representation, and accessibility in all wellness spaces,” Bondy tells POPSUGAR. “I love to highlight the transformative power of yoga, Pilates, movement, and mindfulness for all individuals, irrespective of their background or body type.”
Ahead, read about Bondy’s journey, including how she shows up for her community while protecting her own mental health and embraces her knack for creating equitable content across her platforms.