Ali Smith co-founded the Holistic Life Foundation in 2001, where he currently serves as Executive Director. He is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and graduate of the Friends School of Baltimore. He attended college at the University of Maryland College Park where he graduated with a BS in Environmental Science and Policy. Learning yoga and meditation from his parents, and visiting ashrams as a child, he has over 13 years of experience teaching yoga and mindfulness to diverse populations. Through his work with HLF he has helped develop and pilot yoga and mindfulness programs with at-risk youth, at drug treatment centers, mental crisis facilities, and in many other underserved communities around the world. He is a certified yoga instructor and has authored a series of children’s books, and co-authored several yoga and mindfulness-based curricula, as well as numerous workshops and trainings.