Beryl Bender, author and activist, graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in English and Philosophy and has been an avid student of classical yoga since l971. She traveled to India in l974, with her Jain teacher, Munishree Chitrabhanu, to further her studies of the Eastern Wisdom traditions. She is the founder/director of The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute, a prestigious and Yoga Alliance nationally recognized school that has been training yoga and meditation teachers since l980 and is now a “virtual” school, with ongoing trainings and global participation. Beryl is also the co-founder and board chair of the Give Back Yoga Foundation and the best selling author of many books on yoga, including Beyond Power Yoga and Yoga for Warriors. Her current online yoga studio, Just This, is a refuge for yogis seeking community, and connection.