Meet Our Staff
Terri Cooper is the founder of Yoga Gangsters, a teacher, writer, activist and movement builder for social change. In 2003, she began volunteering as a yoga teacher in some of Miami’s marginalized communities. The work and connection was so compelling that she constantly felt drawn to do more. In 2008, she expanded her service into a community outreach program and began to train other yoga teachers to serve in this way. In just a few short years, Yoga Gangsters has touched the lives of more than 3000 people (mostly youth in crisis), has more than 700 trained volunteers and has raised more than $220,000 through grassroots community events. Learn more about Terri Cooper and her yoga studio in Miami, 305 Yoga.
Our Executive Director is also an experienced Yoga Gangsters teacher for in crisis youth and foster children. Jodi Weiner, brings her 20+ years of project management experience with Fortune 500 companies into the nonprofit sector by serving as our Executive Director. In her position, Jodi helped to organize our 2012 Global Yoga Aid Challenge in South Florida raising over $85,000 for our organization. Most recently, Jodi joined Terri on the mission of training volunteers nationally to take the movement to a deeper level of inspired service and community. The path of social activism ignites her soul and it’s her life’s purpose to spread the fire!
Nayade (Naya) Bravo, Programming Manager started practicing yoga in 2007. Since the first day she felt a strong connection with the practice and wanted to spread the word of how beneficial the practice of yoga could be among all her friends. In 2012 she completed her first 200 Hour Teacher Training under the guidance of Terri Cooper. During the training she got more involved fundraising for Yoga Gangsters and in 2013 she became an active volunteer. Nayade has lead by example by having a daily yoga practice, which not only involves getting on the mat, but also, to practice compassion, surrender, oneness, happiness and being present. Yoga Gangsters has served as a vehicle for this transformation and now, as Programming Manager, she is committed to keep the organization growing and empowering more kids every year. For Programming needs, please email Naya@YogaGangsters.org
Yoga Gangsters is made up of over 700 national volunteer teachers who have been certified to teach outreach yoga to youth who are at-risk or in-crisis locally and in NY, MA, AZ, CO,OH, NV, OK, IL, TX, FL, and more coming soon. Meet some of our most active teachers here.