Sandy Blaine Career Highlights

With many years of experience in the field and a Master’s in Applied Positive Psychology, Sandy offers classes and consultations on positive psychology-based well-being.

Sandy’s writing includes Yoga for Healthy Knees (Rodmell Press, March 2005) and Yoga for Computer Users (Rodmell Press, May 2008), currently available from Shambhala Books. Her articles have appeared on The Huffington Post and in Yoga International, Ascent and Yoga Journal. She also blogs about her own practice and the connections between positive psychology and yoga at yogafortimesofchange.com, and is working on a new book about mind-body based well-being.

Sandy worked closely with the continuing education department, Pixar University, on developing and supporting its company wellness program. She has consulted for and spoken at other leading companies on workplace well-being and thriving at work.

Sandy draws inspiration from many sources including the words of Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar who has been quoted saying, “Transformation is sustained change, and it is achieved through practice.” Sandy believes, “miracles are available, but most often they are the ones we choose ourselves, step by conscious step.”

Sandy Blaine is a well-being consultant, speaker and writer with expertise in the intersection between positive psychology, mind-body science and holistic wellness. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, she has worked with high-profile tech and wellness companies on well-being curricula and wellness program development. Sandy earned her Masters of Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and her work draws on the power of positive psychology — the science of well-being — in conjunction with holistic wellness and mind-body integration to help people, organizations and communities grow their well-being and realize their highest potential.

While at Penn, Sandy was one of four graduate students selected to collaborate on an in-depth consulting project with the country of Ireland’s national health service, and spent a semester advising them on incorporating positive psychology concepts, tools and resources into the Healthy Ireland Initiative they were developing. She designed scalable positive-psychology-based programs and proposed messaging recommendations for the Initiative, many of which were incorporated when it was successfully rolled out country-wide later that year. Being invited to work on a project with the potential to positively impact the well-being of an entire country was the opportunity of a lifetime, and is one of Sandy’s proudest and most fulfilling accomplishments.

The Hollywood Reporter, July 2011 “If you’re Lucky Enough to Work at Pixar” Sandy Blaine, Pixar Wellness Consultant, Teaches Yoga on Site

In the high-tech world, Sandy worked with Pixar Animation Studios for many years in several capacities. A pioneer in corporate wellness, she began as the company’s resident yoga instructor, and worked closely with Pixar University, their acclaimed continuing education department, on helping to develop workplace wellness programming and resources. In 2010 she stepped into a larger role as a wellness specialist for the Human Resources department. In this capacity, she worked on developing and implementing employee wellness and workplace injury prevention curricula, and provided wellness coaching for employees. She also continued to lead the yoga program, overseeing and coordinating a staff of five other yoga teachers, was a key member of the company wellness team, and taught in-house classes on workplace well-being and practical applications of positive psychology. Sandy has also taught classes at Kaiser Oakland and Jive Software, and spoken on workplace wellness at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View (as part of their author series in August 2008). Most recently she has been consulting for tech companies and startups, as well as speaking at positive psychology and positive health conferences on a range of well-being topics.

An accomplished writer, Sandy’s first book, Yoga for Healthy Knees was published in 2005 and was a best-selling yoga title on Amazon. Her second,Yoga for Computer Users was released 2008 and has been translated into Spanish, Italian and Dutch. Sandy’s books are currently available from Shambhala Books. Sandy’s articles have appeared in The Huffington Post and Yoga International Ascent, and Yoga Journal magazines. Her Yoga International essay “Yoga For Sale” was selected for the anthology of the magazine’s best writing, Spirit on the Move, published in 2005 by Himalayan Press, and included again in the updated version in 2007.

Sandy is currently the lead content and curricula designer at the recently launched startup Wheel of Well-Being for Everyone (wowe), a positive-psychology based well-being platform for organizations and individuals. She is also a regular contributing writer for the Yoga For Times of Change blog and at work on a new book about wellness, mind/body integration and positive psychology, currently slated for release in spring 2024.

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Education

  • Master of Applied Positive Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
  • Continuing education classes — positive psychology, emotional intelligence, mindfulness and stress reduction, University of California Berkeley and Stanford University
  • Bachelor of Art in Social Sciences, University of California Berkeley

 

 

 

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