Hi! My name is Brenda

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.

Somehow these physical poses have led me to that. Strange… I know.

So that’s my mission. My mission is to teach what I learn and share that process. For those that are curious about the process of mindfulness, self-awareness, and self-love. Because where else are we learning that?



I was drawn to the physical practice of yoga at first. The sweat. The strength. 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 that I didn’t need to constantly feel anxious, stressed, depressed, and disempowered. 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 this little secret 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 using my skills in public health and marketing 🙂

My Values 

emotional wellness


thoughtful sequencing

greater focus


mental clarity

Why Bee Umana Yoga?

Bee You Yoga

I decided to call this space Bee You Yoga for two reasons:

The first being that Bee is the nickname that some of my closest friends call me and I want to keep my yoga community feeling like one of my close friends.

Secondly, it is a play on words using my first and last name initials.  The concept of Bee You Yoga is to live, breathe, and sleep like the person you are on the mat–gentle yet strong, mindful, and confident of every step you take.


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.

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