Ky Russell, MA



Spartan Complex 170


(408) 924-3010



Professor Bio

Ky Russell obtained her M.A. in Kinesiology from San José State University in 2017, creating an interdisciplinary course of study that examined mindful fitness as a vehicle for social change. Her thesis work examined postpartum women’s experiences in yoga classes from a feminist perspective, receiving the Dr. David Furst Scholarship in Sport Studies and a Professional Development Grant from the Western Society for the Physical Education of College Women. A former professional dancer, Ms. Russell is a certified Pilates and yoga teacher, and a Master Instructor for Balanced Body Inc., teaching Pilates instructor training courses locally and nationally.

She holds a B.S. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management and an Education Minor from UC Berkeley. Her current interests focus on implementing educational praxis, increasing awareness on women’s health issues surrounding birth and postpartum exercise, and increasing accessibility and diversity in mindful fitness programs such as Pilates and yoga.



Masters of Arts Degree in Kinesiology, Interdisciplinary focus

San José State University: San José, CA

Bachelors of Science Degree in Environmental Science Policy and Management, Minor in

Education with high honors

University of California, Berkeley: Berkeley CA

Expertise, Research & Teaching Interests

Mindful Fitness and Social Justice

Gender and Sports Studies


Stress Management through Movement

Pilates, Yoga, & Dance

Postpartum Exercise

Experiential Education

Conversation and Resource Studies


Courses Taught

KIN 69: Stress Management

KIN 169: Diversity, Stress, and Health


Selected Publications

Russell, Ky Carnell, "A Feminist Focus Group Analysis of Women's Experiences in Postpartum Yoga Classes with Babies Present" (2017). Master's Theses. 4821.


Selected Presentations

Guest Presenter: Core Awareness for the Childbearing Year. Mt. Madonna Yoga Center Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training, 2013 – present.

Presenter: A feminist focus group analysis of postpartum women’s experiences in yoga classes with babies present preliminary findings. Western Society for the Physical Education of College Women Annual Conference, 2016

Guest Lecturer:  Prenatal Pilates. College of San Mateo: Dance Department, Pilates Instructor Training Program, 2015.

Guest Faculty Instructor: Pelvic floor anatomy and function, Pilates-Sante Pilates instructor training, 2015                                   

Guest Lecturer:  Anatomy of the Core in Clay workshop and Pilates Mat Class for Dancers, College of San Mateo: Dance Department, Pilates Day, 2013

Presenter: Anatomy in 3 Dimensions. Pilates on Tour Conferences in Miami, Denver, Boston, and Chicago, 2009-2011


Undergraduate/Graduate Student Research Supervision


Professional Affiliations

North American Society for the Sociology of Sport

Western Society for the Physical Education of College Women

Pilates Method Alliance Certified Pilates Teacher

American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Fitness Trainer

Yoga Alliance 200 hr. Registered Yoga Teacher

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