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Dashama Gordon (Fitness)

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Dashama Gordon (born 1981 in Black Hills, SD) is an American fitness professional and author who is widely credited with several trends in the field of yoga, including Paddle Board Yoga and Trauma Informed Yoga methods. She also launched the first online yoga challenge on YouTube in 2008, which went viral reaching millions of people and starting a global trend of yoga challenges online that lead to yoga becoming mainstream world wide.

Gordon wrote the book "Yoga for Surfing" (Falcon Books) and was featured in "The Art of Stand Up Paddling" with Laird Hamilton as well as other well-known water sports athletes. She is also the author of "Journey to Joyful," (2011, Random House International). Additionally, she was a keynote speaker at the United Nations for International Day of Happiness in 2016, leading a 22 minute live meditation about gratitude viewed globally. Gordon was inducted into the Happiness Hall of Fame at Stanford University in 2019.

Gordon's non-profit foundation, Bright Future Foundation Inc (501c3) was endorsed by Kamala Harris in 2021 for work with children's mental health crisis in cooperation with the Art of Living Foundation SKY Schools, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Dr Sat Bir Khalsa (Harvard), and Choose Love Foundation by Scarlett Lewis, which was created after her son Jesse Lewis was killed in the Sandy Hook shooting.

Gordon has presented at the Nike Global Leadership Summit, Sony Motion Picture Studios, and worked with Vitamix, Gopro, Puma and numerous other Fortune 500 brands. She has been interviewed by ABC News, Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Discovery Channel Seeker Stories and other mainstream American media.

Early Years[edit]

Gordon was involved in several near death car accidents, one that resulted in scoliosis of her spine at age 18. Doctors told her she'd have to live with the condition. This led to depression, which lead her on an inner quest for healing & happiness, and ultimately the practice of yoga. Soon she discovered a yoga teacher who had healed her spine with yoga. She would regain her health & vitality to live pain free using only yoga.

She then attended Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL, where she was awarded "Student of the Year" by the FAU Pre Medical Society for asking professors questions about the nature of the universe that they could not answer.


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