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Anuradha Bhagwati

Anuradha Kristina Bhagwati, MPP, RYT-500, is a former Marine Captain and Company Commander, and Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor Trainer. She is the founder of Service Women’s Action Network, a non-profit organization that sued the Pentagon to end the Combat Exclusion Policy, wrote historic legislation to remove commander influence over sexual assault and felony cases, and ushered in dozens of legislative reforms to improve the military’s handling of sexual assault and harassment. Her work has received numerous national awards and has been covered throughout the media. Her writing has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Politico, Foreign Affairs, and The New Republic.

Anuradha has been practicing yoga and meditation since 1999 and has been teaching vulnerable populations for over a decade. In 2008, she founded Yoga for Vets NYC, the longest running free yoga class for veterans in New York City. She is a leader in trauma-focused yoga and meditation instruction, and is a dedicated student of vipassana (the root of secular mindfulness meditation). A natural foods chef with a love for plant-based cooking, she recently graduated from the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts. She is an open water swimmer, animal lover, and vegan dessert enthusiast. She lives in New York City with her service dog, Duke.

Her first book, Unbecoming: A Memoir of Disobedience, will be published in 2019 by Atria, an imprint of Simon and Schuster.