Sandy Blaine is an author and expert wellness consultant who works with the deep connection between physical health and emotional well-being. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, she recently completed her Masters of Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work draws on the power of positive psychology – the science of happiness and a meaningful life – in conjunction with wellness and mind/body integration to help people realize their highest potential and create greater well-being, fulfillment and happiness in their lives.
While at Penn, Sandy was one of four graduate students selected to work 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 and resources into the country-wide Healthy Ireland Initiative in development at the time. She specifically worked within her specialty, mind/body integration, developing and proposing scalable positive-psychology-based wellness recommendations. 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.
In the high-tech world, Sandy has worked with Pixar Animation Studios for many years in several capacities. A pioneer in corporate wellness, she began in 1994 as the company’s resident yoga instructor, and worked closely with Pixar University, their acclaimed continuing education department, on helping to develop workplace wellness curricula and resources. In 2010 she stepped into a larger role as a wellness consultant for the Human Resources department. In this capacity she works on developing and implementing employee wellness and workplace injury prevention curricula, and provides wellness coaching for employees. She also continues to lead the yoga program, overseeing and coordinating a staff of two other yoga teachers, and collaborates with the company’s other fitness and wellness providers, including the staff ergonomist. Sandy has contributed wellness content to the company intranet in collaboration with the in-house video production team, and teaches classes on positive psychology-based well-being.
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).
Her first book, Yoga for Healthy Knees was published by Rodmell Press in March 2005, and continues to be a best-selling yoga title on Amazon.com. Her second, Yoga for Computer Users was released by Rodmell in May 2008 and has been translated into Spanish, Italian and Dutch. Sandy’s books are currently available from Shambhala Books.
Sandy’s articles have appeared on The Huffington Post and in Yoga International, Ascent, and Yoga Journal. 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.
An expert yoga instructor, Sandy completed her yoga teacher training in 1995 with the renowned Advanced Studies Program at The Yoga Room in Berkeley, California. She joined their faculty in 2000 and served as a core member until 2015, when she took a leave of absence to pursue her master’s degree at UPenn and dedicate herself to researching and writing her next book. She is Yoga Alliance-certified at the highest level, E-RYT 500 (experienced registered yoga teacher) and also a designated YACAP (official continuing education provider), and owned and operated her own yoga studio, Alameda Yoga Station, from 1995 until 2013,
Sandy continues to offer public classes and workshops at Leela Yoga in Alameda, California, and can be found there most Sunday mornings, teaching an eclectic, alignment-based blend of hatha yoga styles. She is currently at work on a new book about wellness, mind/body integration and positive psychology, currently slated for release in spring 2020.
- 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