Welcome! I am excited to embark on this journey with you!
I LOVE YOGA SO MUCH
...it has allowed me to take care of myself in many ways through the Mind-Body-Spirit connection.
I have learned to have more self-awareness through introspection and have used yoga as a restorative tool in my own life.
I am a former pro-dancer and cheerleader - turned marathon runner, my body was pretty beat up and out of alignment. I came to yoga purely for physical reasons, however, as yoga does, it connected me back to myself and changed my life in so many ways.
My love of anatomy and physiology has had a tremendous influence on my style of teaching, I do believe in understanding the body from a purely anatomical standpoint and having a solid foundation in this area of study helps me as a teacher in explaining the yoga poses. Our body has an infinite wisdom that lends itself to the practice organically.
However, I truly believe that the mind is where the magic is really taking place. I believe our mind can play tricks on us, tries to protect us and sometimes even withholds information from us and this is where meditation and other yogic practices can really help connect us back to self and change our lives!
Over the past 5 years so much as taken place in my yoga world bubble!
In 2018, I launched Yoga Podcast and entered into a robust journey beyond my wildest dreams. I also began a Yoga Therapy 800 Hour Program, whilst recently graduating with my Doctorate in Education Degree Education Dissertation: Activating the Parasympathetic Nervous System in Trauma-Sensitive Learning Environments, where I am specializing in Trauma-sensitive Learning Environments with an emphasis on Somatic Therapy.
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However, my heart found its home in early 2020...
A Professor and Doctor of Clinical Psychology, started a very important initiative to help those who suffer from C-PTSD (Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). A group of her clients consented to her inviting me to assist in offering trauma-informed yoga services to them and
SACRED SPACE was born! A group of therapists and teachers in various disciplines organized online sessions during the pandemic to support these courageous humans on their personal healing journey.
Over the past 3 years, we have been able to serve 121 individuals with C-PTSD utilizing somatic therapy techniques, including yoga.
Thanks to Yoga Podcast's partnership with Lululemon Collective, we have raised almost $42,000 in grant funds with $25,000 to be used for our upcoming project scheduled to launch in September 2023 dedicated to the Mi Comunidad Birth Project, providing prenatal and postpartum Birth Advocates and Doulas to victims of abuse!
Currently, we are launching a 6 week Trauma-Awareness Course beginning June 24, 2023 at studio Yoga by Julia, with an option for yoga teachers to extend their training with a Trauma-Informed Yoga Certification. Both trainings are free-of-charge to every participant, sponsored under the Sacred Space initiative. Interested? Email me!
Last but certainly not least, I recently joined the Non-Profit Board of Directors for The Wellness Studios, under the guidance of Dr. Sandra Herrera-Spinelli, LCSW. Dr. Sandra's work in the areas of natural healing modalities and personal enrichment is inspiring, she focuses on providing services to anyone in need and currently is in partnership with training First Responders self-regulation techniques.
We will be partnering with a group of exceptionally skilled and truly empathetic individuals to create a Live Somatic Therapy Training System for First Responders and Teachers in 2024 and I am over the moon excited!
Finally...drum roll...in 2023, I listened to my heart and let go of the trauma bonds I had with others. So if you know me personally, you may have noticed a significant change in my signature line.
YES, I did it. I legally let go of what was no longer serving me. One day I will share all the details of my complex journey, for now, I honor those who are apart of it and their anonymity.
Thank you for visiting and taking the time to read and learn more about yoga, my services and myself.
Bree Morena de Santos, Ed.D
Certified in Clinical Yoga Therapeutics & Ayurvedic Nutrition, IAYT
Yoga Therapist Training 800 Hour, IAYT
Registered Yoga Teacher E-RYT500, Yoga Alliance
Certified Prenatal Yoga Teacher
Certified Children's Yoga Teacher
Certified Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher
Certified Dept. of Defense Sexual Assault Advocate (D-SAACP)
TESOL Certified English Teacher (Foreign Students in North America)
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