Gwen Benjamin :

Gwen Benjamin is an internationally published novelist and activist whose yoga journey has taken her both on and off the mat. As a community organizer, Gwen collaborates with numerous local and national institutions to fight for racial and reproductive justice and champion human rights.
Gwen is a Dean’s Scholar who graduated Magna Cum Laude from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 2005 with a concentration in intersectional feminist studies. Before moving to Santa Cruz in October 2011, Gwen spent ten years in New York City working with actors, writers, and designers in the fashion and entertainment industry.
Gwen has practiced yoga asana for nearly 20 years.  In 2010 she completed her first teacher training under Tara Stiles the founder of Strala Yoga. Gwen is currently deepening her yoga scholarship in Kenny Graham 200HR Elemental Yoga Teacher Training.
Warm and inviting, Gwen’s classes are nurturing and lighthearted with an emphasis on humor and sustainability.  Gwen approaches yoga asana from a trauma informed background and is passionate about making the practice of yoga accessible for all.  Gwen’s instruction empowers students to cultivate self appreciation and forge a deeper connection to their physical bodies, breath, and emotions .