A Life Transformed Through Yoga: Brishana's Story

Brishana was just 2 years old when her mother was murdered near her home. She moved in with her father, but he passed away when she was only 9. While other youth her age were barely graduating from high school, Brishana was already living on her own and providing for herself with a full-time job. When she was 20, she found a sense of family within a Niroga photo-voice project, which led her to join our Yoga Teacher training program.

This past June, Brishana graduated from our acclaimed Yoga Teacher Training program. She recalls, "Before the teacher training, I thought yoga was really all about movement, and just doing poses.  I had no idea that there was a whole philosophy behind it.  Yoga is actually a lifestyle." She adds, "This practice has helped me notice my breathing, connect with my body, and really care for myself and love myself for who I am… I’ve gained a lot more confidence through yoga, connecting with who I am." Brishana is now teaching yoga to youth at Oakland’s Youth Uprising and to staff at the Alameda County Public Health Department. 

Graduates of the rigorous Niroga Yoga Teacher Training program are learning, living and giving yoga to children, youth and adults in schools and alternative schools, juvenile halls and jails, homeless shelters and rehab centers throughout the Bay Area and beyond, changing the face and the zip code of yoga. We are currently accepting applications for the training starting mid-September; there are a few slots still available. Watch our students speak out about their yoga teacher training, and email if you are interested.