In addition to being a writer and storyteller, Kimberly has been teaching yoga since 1999. Just recently, campuses have been requesting her “Yoga is for Every Body” classes as part of her visits for speaking, performing or teaching.
Kimberly offers two “Yoga is for Every Body” retreats at Kalani Oceanside Retreat in Hawaii as well. Through yoga, nature, community and storytelling, Kimberly leads groups to their own skills of peace and cultural transformation.
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“One of the most transformative weeks of my life.” - Retreat Participant
Find more of her writing about yoga at Decolonizing Yoga and Ms. Magazine. She is also a founding member of the Yoga and Body Image Coalition Leadership Team, in addition to coordinating the Yoga Program at Kalani, one of Hawaii’s largest retreat centers. (Find out about her two annual Yoga and Story retreats at Kalani here.
Kimberly uses an Iyengar-style training and more than twenty years of experience with diverse yoga practices to challenge and welcome students of every ability and body type. She has taught yoga styles ranging from vinyasa, yin and restorative to prop-assisted hatha yoga for people who don’t feel comfortable in fitness settings due to size, health or anxiety. Her classes encourage personal sovereignty, inner voice and an entitlement to health and vibrancy at all sizes, ages and abilities.
"It sounds cliche to share that her work changed my life, but I do not have other language for it. Through her, I am learning to not only accept my body but to treat myself with kindness. Her work plays at the intersections of queerness, fat, gender and anti-racism work. Through her, I've learned about self-reflexivity and the complexities of performance as activism. Kimberly Dark mentored me the summer I took her course, and continues to do so via interactions on Facebook, email, and through revisiting her performance work myself. Her belief in continued relationships as being powerful is one of her largest strengths."