About Bonnie

Bonnie Walker, M.Ed., Certified Yoga Teacher, Hood River, Oregon

Hello! My name is Bonnie, my pronouns are she/they, and I currently live in Hood River, Oregon on the ancestral lands of the Confederated Tribe of Warm Springs.

I have practiced yoga in the United States, mostly on the west coast, for over 20 years and have taught yoga from time to time for about 9 years total. I am working to rebuild my practice after a drunk-driver motor vehicle assault in 2019 that happened right before the COVID19 pandemic broke out. They were not a great combination, so I decided to take a break from teaching during the pandemic.

From 2016-2020, I was a certified teacher in the Iyengar Yoga method but chose to leave during the aftermath of a sex abuse scandal. Content Advisory: you can read that story here.

This website is about my yoga journey, the good and the bad together. After all of the trauma, I had been stuck in my practice, not really re-starting, not really ending, for a couple years. I think I got stuck and stayed stuck because I was trying to compartmentalize. I wanted to have one outlet to discuss the abuse and bad experiences, and a separate one about my current practice, and potentially returning to teaching yoga.

I was reading the preface to a new cookbook when I realized, we have to take the good and the bad together and we can’t separate it. In “Everyone’s Table,” Gregory Gourdet wrote in his preface, “When I cook food from cultures other than my own, I hope to deepen my connection to other people, but this only works if we embrace the good and confront the bad“.

The only way to overcome the effects of colonialization, cultural appropriation, and abuse in yoga is to keep them together, in the light, with the things we value about the practice. As Susanna Barkataki and Ignite Yoga like to say, “We can love a practice and still question it.”

Susanna’s “Yoga Class Curator” program has gotten me back on my mat and inspired me to rebuild not only my yoga practice, but my yoga teaching credential as well. Whether or not any external group decides to certify or register me, I still have over 1,000 hours of yoga teacher training and over 600 hours of yoga teaching experience. I am currently, officially certified at the 500 hour level (thank you Yoga Renew!) and currently registered with Yoga Alliance at the RYT200 level, if that matters to anyone. I also hold a “Certified Biomechanics Specialist” title from the National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association, as well as Biomechanics of the Human Body coursework with the London College of Osteopathy.

Professional & Technical Experience

I first discovered the benefits of a yoga practice while I was working as a web developer. Over the past 20 years, my professional experience and community work has grown to include grant writing and nonprofit financial management. I enjoy working on projects from small to large. My 20+ years of experience in education, arts, wellness, business, technology and start-ups, in addition to my lived experience as a special needs mom and the primary care giver for my disabled veteran dad, lend to my expertise.

I have lived in many diverse places from large cities like New York and San Francisco, to suburban areas of Boston, Connecticut, and Silicon Valley, and rural areas on the Oregon coast, Central Oregon and the Columbia River Gorge. I understand the unique challenges facing each type of community and the people who live and work there.

I’ve always been a ‘hyphenate’ — even in college when I majored in Math, minored in Dance and was President of the Debate Team. I have the passion and vision of an artist, critical thinking of a mathematician, tech savvy of a web developer and entrepreneur, and I can talk you into anything!

I would love to hear from you! You can contact me at: hello@yogawellspring.com