Ky Russell, MA
Spartan Complex 170
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
Conversation and Resource Studies
KIN 69: Stress Management
KIN 169: Diversity, Stress, and Health
Russell, Ky Carnell, "A Feminist Focus Group Analysis of Women's Experiences in Postpartum
Yoga Classes with Babies Present" (2017). Master's Theses. 4821.
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
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