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. She is currently 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 2023.