Our Mission

GaneshSpace is a grassroots community (501c3 non-profit) organization dedicated to advancing social justice through mindfulness education. We practice cultivating awareness through our breath to honor the identities we embody; and to reflect on the power and privilege we each hold. We believe our liberation is dependent on one another; and by healing ourselves, we can create collective change together.

Our Founding Teachers

GaneshSpace was founded by a team of mindfulness teachers who felt displaced and disempowered within the wellness industry — and the world. Founded in India, raised on Lenape land (NYC) and now breathing online, this passion project grew into a community. BIPOC-and-Queer-led, our Founding Teachers saw the need to create spaces where people could explore their sense of belonging and wholeness within themselves and the world. Read more about GaneshSpace’s founding story.

The GaneshSpace teacher network spans across the country with teachers coming from many backgrounds — Black, API, Latinx, white, straight, queer, fat, skinny, she, he, they. It’s with this diverse insight that we have developed a wide range of mindfulness programs that explore the intersections within ourselves and the world.
Our intention is simple: To help people see that personal and collective change can start with your breath.
Kim Thai

Kim Thai

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Linda Lopes

Linda Lopes

(she/her)

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Tisha Samuels

(she/her)

We Believe

GaneshSpace's Core Practices

At GaneshSpace, we have created and developed six core practices that live and breathe at the intersection of mindfulness and social justice. programming is developed with much care to uphold these practices in all that we do.
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Embodying social justice is the active practice of everyday equity through unbiased compassion towards others, deep dismantling of the systems we participate in and listening to our bodies. 

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Understanding our social location is the active practice of turning outwards to cultivate awareness around our unique positionality, power and privilege; looking deeply at the biases we carry; and seeing the interdependent nature of our world.

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Embracing your authentic self is the active practice of turning inwards to fight against the narrative that your expression is not good enough and to honor all the identities we hold by showing up in spaces as we are (as safety allows).

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Honoring our ancestors and reclaiming spiritual traditions is the active racial justice practice of not forgetting our own personal history or the land in which we occupy; and to share existing rituals and practices through an accessible and inclusive lens.

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Radical rest is the active practice of pushing against the capitalist world we were born into and fighting the ingrained compulsion to dehumanize ourselves through work.

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Joy is Liberation is the understanding that joy is attainable and accessible to us in the present moment and lives within us and is also the radical practice of alchemizing our suffering into joy and light.

Our Impact

Dalia Kinsey (Nonbinary|No Pronouns)
Dalia Kinsey (Nonbinary|No Pronouns) Atlanta, GA
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Finding safe spaces as a genderfluid, pansexual, Black, 1/2 1st gen kid has always been a challenge for me. This is one of the few places where I am confident my humanity will never be questioned. In this space, I know that my identities that are marginalized elsewhere are accepted and embraced. I pray that one day people who share my identities will feel safe everywhere they go, but until then I am so grateful to have access to a healing space where I can relax and detangle myself from internalized stigma, open my heart, and recover from the stress of systemic oppression.
Steven W. (he/him)
Steven W. (he/him) Mindful Sights | NYC
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What is there not to love about GaneshSpace? Kim and many others have built a beautiful space that is absolutely a joy to be a part of - both as a community member and collaborator. Their community-first, inclusive space gracefully honors ancestral wellness practices, and their community outreach and events offer essential education and liberation for the greater collective. Go check them out - you will be delightfully pleased
Nancy L. (she/her)
Nancy L. (she/her)Pittsburgh, PA
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GaneshSpace was my refuge during lockdown in 2020. Participating regularly in online sharing circles helped me develop a meditation practice that got me through those months and continues to support me today. GaneshSpace workshops and programs have been a valuable resource for me–I’ve learned so much and connected with so many beautiful souls in this wonderful community!
Jen S. (she/her)
Jen S. (she/her)NYC
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I feel more aware of certain things. GaneshSpace has helped me articulate things, to feel more informed. What's most unique are the diverse range of voices — other spaces tend to have just one focus but all of the GaneshSpace events provide different viewpoints and bring different communities together — and not just like-minded people. So that people can hear what others' lived experiences are and so you can get out of your little bubble. It's wonderful to see. It's a great service.
Daniel Sannito (they/them/theirs)
Daniel Sannito (they/them/theirs)TransYoga Project | Charlotte, NC
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Being a part of GaneshSpace as a teacher, collaborator, and community member has been inspiring and healing beyond words. With so much uncertainty, confusion, and grief in the world over the last year and a half specifically, finding an aligned place to connect to was a saving grace. What I found when in Ganeshspace was, and is, a place to land that I could rest and reset in an environment where I felt and still feel, seen, heard, uplifted, and supported. Here, I’m reminded that my voice is valuable, that I am worthy of access to healing practices, and that in community we can create lasting changes to support all beings, everywhere.
Rebby Kern (they/them)
Rebby Kern (they/them)TransYoga Project | Charlotte, NC
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GaneshSpace has given me space to connect to community through mindfulness and reflection. It’s rare to find community online where I know my whole self will be seen and celebrated. This is a new place I can call home and get uplifted by folks who align to my truest self.
Elia Johnson. (she/her)
Elia Johnson. (she/her)NYC
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I think that the intention behind GaneshSpace is unique. Intentionality is important. The people who are teaching and facilitating are authentic in a way that I think sometimes gets lost in the wellness world. GaneshSpace has made me realize that there are more people that are interested and dedicated to the things that I have been contemplating and thinking about for a very long time.
Gloria Shin (she/her)
Gloria Shin (she/her) Seattle, WA
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Being a part of this community has helped me focus on my own liberation through reflection, meditation, and sangha — recognizing how capitalism and forms of oppression sit in my body and how to breathe through it. My increase in self/body awareness has helped me show up differently for my community, and I so value the steady nutriments I receive from being a part of GaneshSpace!
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Our Teachers

Kim Thai

Kim Thai (she/her) is an Emmy-award-winning producer; writer, social justice advocate and mindfulness teacher. She founded GaneshSpace because she was seeking a community where she could be her most authentic self in her healing journey. As a queer Asian woman and a proud kid of Vietnamese refugees, she shares Buddhist teachings to help people find the freedom and power that lives within themselves. She has personally experienced how our breath can change the way we see and show up in the world and believes deeply that equity is possible and can be achieved if we start reflecting and taking action now.

Linda Lopes

Linda Lopes (she/her) is a yoga, meditation, and Reiki practitioner based in Brooklyn, New York serving youth and adults. She discovered her mat a decade ago through a mentor, who she always refers to as the catalyst for change in her life. While in search of happiness, joy, and love; she soon realized that what she and most of us long for can be found within. As a Founding Teacher at GaneshSpace, she actively creates and holds spaces for BIPOC to come together and heal. She strongly believes that it is in power of brave, authentic, trusting, and loving communities that we can create change in the world.

Sunaina Rangnekar
Sunaina Madhav Dāsī (they/them) is an infinite, multi-dimensional energy incarnated into this material form. They immigrated from India to the unceded ancestral homelands of the Ute, Cheyenne, and Arapahoe Nations- now colonized as Denver, Colorado. Their yoga practice is deeply rooted in Hinduism and Bhakti. They follow the lineage and teachings of their ancestors and Sri Paramahamsa Vishwananda. Sunaina uses neurodivergent superpowers to create a more community-centered world that focuses on individual healing by embracing our unique truth. They believe that the answer is already within us when choosing self-love, accountability, and awareness. With their unique lens to the yogic path, Sunaina creates spaces to reclaim yoga, decolonize minds, and abolish oppressive systems that affect us at an energetic and societal level.
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Tisha Samuels (she/her) is a Founding Teacher of GaneshSpace. She is a a yoga and ayurveda student and teacher in Pittsburgh, PA (originally Iroquios, Lenape and Shawnee land). She strives to create space for students to learn and use mindfulness tools to bring them back to their highest and truest selves and to discover how that affects and connects them with the world around them. Becoming a part of GaneshSpace was a necessity, not a decision. With so much hatred and misunderstanding built within the systems that we live, it is a priority to Tisha to be part of the movement towards collective change. It is true dharma to participate in an organization that is centered around mindful action.

Felipe Gonzalez

Felipe Gonzalez (he/him) is a certified 500 ERYT, Katonah Yoga teacher, and Founding Teacher at GaneshSpace. Based in Santa Monica, California (Tongva land) he has spent the last six years learning, unlearning, and exploring the intersections of yoga, mindfulness, and social justice. His mission is to rewrite the narrative around wellness and healing. He believes that Yoga is a practice of activism. By allowing oneself to engage in practices and techniques of self awareness, self regulation, and self care, it awakens the desire to make the world a better place than you found it.

Kristina Lopez

Kristina Lopez (she/they) is an artist, death doula, and meditation teacher. Her practice is informed by an intersectional lens dedicated to collective liberation. She intertwines Buddhist philosophy with contemporary theories of anti-racism, anti-capitalism, and sex positivity. She is a second generation Caribbean American born and raised on Lenape land in NYC. As the Community Manager of GaneshSpace, she believes that mindfulness and activism are both necessary in our search for freedom.

Our Board

We’re so lucky to be supported by an incredible, compassionate board.

Kerri Ann Wright

Kerri-Ann Wright (she/her)

Board Lead

Liz Getman (she/her)

Finance/Fundraising Lead

Jess Zayas Rivera

Jess Zayas-Rivera (she/her)

Marketing/Comms Lead

Abeer Naqvi

Abeer Naqvi (she/her)

Treasurer

The better we understand how identities and power work together from one context to another, the less likely our movements for change are to fracture.” — Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

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At GaneshSpace, we teach you how to take your practice and turn it into actionable mindfulness. Your financial contribution is not just a donation. It supports our community. It supports your practice. And it supports the world around us. Please consider making a contribution and adding us to any corporate giving program. Our EIN number is 87-1472371. All donations are tax-deductible.