Hi! My name is Brenda

I’m a wellness advocate crafting my career as a yoga, mindfulness, and public health professional.

For me, yoga has been a process of self-discovery.

Chipping away at the mind clutter.

Peeling away years of emotional pain that I had no idea was even there. 

Revealing a deeper understanding of who I am.

With a Master of Public Health from Columbia University, my main goal is to share these practices and make it approachable to everyone.

EQUANIMITY + MENTAL CLARITY

I was drawn to the physical practice of yoga at first. The physical determination hooked me in. This then led me on a journey of self-discovery and self-awareness. 

I stumbled upon yoga in a corporate wellness class. I was working as an accountant in San Francisco, CA at the time.

I was blind to the amount of emotional distress I carried with me.

Something about the yoga practice made me realize how anxious, stressed, depressed, and disempowered I constantly felt. I began feeling empowered, confident and content with my life and myself.

This continues to be my struggle in finding a stable mind. But now I have these little tools called yoga and meditation. 

I am delighted to bring more awareness to peoples lives – whether that’s physical, emotional, soulful or philosophical.  

You can find me on the mat at a local studio, join one of my yoga retreats, or working with wellness startups on their content and marketing strategy.

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My Values 

emotional wellness

mindfulness

thoughtful sequencing

greater focus

equanimity

mental clarity

Certifications

Professional Bio

In 2013 I received my 200-Hour certification from YogaWorks in my hometown in Santa Monica, CA. My greatest teachers are Patti Quintero and Jason Crandell.

I am continually learning and broadening my perspective both in the yoga world and outside of yoga. I hold a Masters of Public Health from Columbia University. I aspire to make yoga & wellness accessible to everyone.

These practices have been pivotal in my own path to health both physical and emotional.

We often hear how mental health is a current public health issue, I would add to that by saying emotional wellness is just as much a public health crisis right now as obesity, chronic diseases, and mental health.

I’m currently working toward becoming an Emotional Wellness Coach to complement my learnings and passion for total well-being for all.

Continuing Education

  • Anatomy with Jason Crandell and Paul B. Roache, M.D.
  • Yoga Nidra with Mona Anand
  • Thai Yoga Workshop with Corey Loftus and Lilli Markle
  • India Philosophy Training, Jiva Institute in Vrindavan, India
  • Bhagavad Gita Philosophy Training with Robert Lindsey
  • Restorative Teacher Training with Bodywise Institute