Hello and welcome my friend!
My name is Brisa and I'm honored that you are here!
I am a mama of two beautiful girls and Bodhi the corgi, and wife to the love of my life, David.
I'm passionate about teaching yoga, I'm an adventure seeker, world traveler, food enthusiast, wellness junkie, and avid yoga practitioner.
I grew up between the big city of Rio de Janeiro and a small farming town in the south of Brazil. Back in Rio, I studied Dramatic Arts, followed by a journey that brought me to the Rocky Mountains, Bermuda, a sailboat across the Atlantic to the Azores, then the Canary Islands, and Spain. I lived in Aspen, Boston, and Seattle before settling down in Durham, North Carolina.
Coming from a totally different background and through my travels, I learned a lot about other cultures and ways of living. I learned that true happiness can be fostered when we plant seeds of compassion and understanding towards all beings. And that I could use any privilege that I have received to uplift and elevate someone's else life.
In April 2020, during the world's quarantine, I founded Yoga for a Cause Movement. Its mission is raising awareness and money through donation-based yoga classes. We send 100% of the proceeds to an organization that creates a positive impact in the world, by supporting socially affected communities.
Brisa & Yoga
"I believe that yoga is a practice that can immensely enrich someone's health and life, physically, emotionally, and spiritually, and that no matter where you came from or
where you are right now, yoga will meet you there."
Though Brisa first found yoga in Brazil in 2003, it was not until 2009, while living in Aspen, Colorado, did yoga become part of her daily life. After only a few days of practice, Brisa realized the health, fulfillment, and peace that yoga would bring, and knew that she was destined to become a yoga teacher.
Brisa brings 10 years and over 3,000 hours of teaching experience to her classes. Brisa is a certified Forrest Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Early Postnatal Yoga, and Bikram Yoga teacher. She is also a Barre3 certified instructor.
Brisa refers to her group classes as "Yoga Togetherness". They are known to be breath focused and invigorating, while cultivating an energy-shifting and heartfelt practice. Her blend of compassionate teaching style, down-to-earth approach, and commitment to realness creates a welcoming and nurturing space for her students to authentically connect with their own body and spirit at a deeper level.
Brisa is deeply invested in her students and she understands that each student is a unique human being. Brisa enhances each student's practice by providing alternative poses during her classes. This allows her students to connect to their own physical and emotional needs.
Brisa is passionate about coaching yoga with a therapeutic approach. She has recently partnered with Duke University Hospital and is currently involved in a study to help cancer patients and survivors through yoga. Brisa is also a member of the yoga teacher faculty at the 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program at Yoga Off East studio.
Brisa combines her love for yoga, travel, and adventure through her international yoga retreats.