That Valley Vibe 24 • Conscious San Jose with Be the Change Yoga Studio Owner, Taraneh Sarrafzadeh


Taraneh Sarrafzadeh



In today’s episode, we cover:

  • Accessible yoga for everyone at Be the Change Yoga
  • Cultivating wellness thru community
  • Conscious San Jose Festival: Yoga + Culture + Compassion Sat Sept 22nd ALL DAY (pst, it’s FREE)

Get your free tickets to Conscious San Jose –

Take a yoga class at Be the Change Yoga in downtown San Jose –

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Taraneh is the Director of Be the Change Collective. For the last 3.5 years, Taraneh has been developing and producing creative programs that work make wellness practices accessible to all in her San Jose community, including her donation-based yoga studio Be the Change Yoga & Wellness, the Conscious San Jose movement, and co-producing Woke Teens Camp and other youth yoga and creative expression programs. In 2017, Taraneh co-produced Conscious San Jose festival, San Jose’s first yoga festival, which brought together 400+ people for a day celebrating local music, wellness, and healing arts culture in San Jose. Held at St. James park without fences, the festival also brought services such as showers and health services to folks experiencing homelessness in the park. Taraneh has been teaching yoga since 2014, always with a focus on bringing yoga to diverse community settings through partnership, from studios, parks, farms, community centers, and other creative collaborations. For 3 years Taraneh has taught with the Art of Yoga Project focused on teaching yoga and art to at-risk girls incarcerated at Juvenile Hall, as well as at local high schools. Having taken her first yoga class at 16, and practicing yoga with dedication since 2008, Taraneh seeks to bring the healing and uplifting power of yoga, movement, and creative expression to those underrepresented in her community. Prior to her work with Be the Change, Taraneh worked at a local tech-startup as a program manager, gaining valuable organizational, management, business, and administrative skills. Having always had a passion for uplifting her local and global community, Taraneh received her degree in Environmental Studies with an emphasis on Urban Planning and a minor in Global Peace & Security from UC Santa Barbara. Taraneh believes in the power of the whole and in all her work seeks to create spaces for people to experience connection to themselves and each other through a lens of compassion.

Jessica Smith