Jennilyn Carson, Co-Founder

Jennilyn Carson is Founder and Editor in Chief of YogaDork, a yoga culture and news website delivering the wit and wisdom. She is a 500-hr trained yoga teacher, a prenatal yoga teacher and a DONA-trained birth doula. She is also founder of Cycledork, a website focused on period-positive conversation and undoing the cultural taboo and shame around menstruation. As a way to highlight the positivity and unsung heroes of the yoga world, Jennilyn had longed to start a “yoga do-gooder” site for years. She is grateful for the collaboration with YDFG co-founder Ashley Rose Howard to make it happen, and the entire YDFG team for helping to shed the light on yogadorks doing great things.

Ashley Rose Howard, Co-Founder

Ashley Rose Howard is a Brooklyn-based writer, editor, 500 RYT yoga and meditation teacher, and creator of Universe Hear Me, a yoga and journaling coaching program/workshop. With a degree in Journalism from Rider University, she has over a decade of experience running content engagement strategy for several agencies including BBDO and Oracle. Her writing has been published in various publications including Wanderlust, YogaCity NYC and Elephant Journal. She started with Jennilyn Carson, founder of to highlight organizations sharing their practice for purpose in the community, and to inspire other yogis to spread yoga for good. Find her on Instagram @ashleyrosehoward and at

Katie Manbachi, Contributor

Katie is a freelance editor and yoga and meditation instructor based in Brooklyn. Her teaching is rooted in mindfulness, using breath awareness to create a deep connection to the body and mind. Katie’s teaching encourages students to embrace each moment through an exploration of physical sensations and a compassionate engagement with thoughts and emotions. She is interested in the history of contemplative traditions and the intersection of the philosophy of Buddhism and Yoga with contemporary methods of practice. Katie holds a Master of Arts in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University. She is a strong believer in the power of community and enjoys spending time with her fiancé, family, and friends who inspire her to laugh more and follow her heart wherever it leads. You can follow her @manbachi on Instagram.

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