Ali Smith co-founded the Holistic Life Foundation, where he currently serves as Executive Director. Ali has over 12 years of experience teaching yoga and mindfulness to diverse populations. For the past four years, he has partnered with The John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health and Penn State University’s Prevention Research Center on a federally funded study analyzing the effectiveness of yoga and mindfulness on urban youth in Baltimore City Public Schools. Ali has authored a series of children’s books, and co-authored several yoga and mindfulness-based curricula, as well as numerous workshops and trainings. He is a certified yoga instructor and a commissioner on Baltimore’s Commission on Sustainability. He maintains a B.S. in environmental science and policy from the University of Maryland, College Park.