About BodyWise Foundation

 

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This is Our Mission.

BodyWise Foundation offers free resources, trainings, and education to those impacted by trauma.

We provide trauma recovery through trauma-informed yoga, and we recognize the body's unique role in healing.

Our Baltimore-based nonprofit organization is dedicated to providing trauma research, education, and healing through trauma-informed yoga.

Currently, we offer free trauma-informed yoga programs in partner agencies. Each series is catered to a specific demographic. For example, we have a class designed for those coping with grief and loss of a loved one, and a class designed for those overcoming addiction. 

Our work includes, and is not limited to: torture survivors, veterans, refugees, neglected children, domestic and sexual abuse survivors, previously incarcerated individuals, those struggling with mental disorders such as anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder, those over coming chemical dependency, recovering addicts, individuals struggling with body distortion, and survivors of traumatic accidents

For our first year we launched in Baltimore. In our second year we spread to 10 more cities, and in year three we will be offering resources in 33 cities across the US. 

In our first year we launched many trauma trainings; a trauma informed yoga teacher training, a trauma sensitive care CEU training for mental health care providers, professional development for school teachers, a CEU training for firefighters and first responders. 

Currently we are developing a trauma training for prison guards, police officers, breath workers, and nurses. 

 

 

 
 
 

This is Our Story.

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These Are Our Core Values.

A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.

We don’t believe in NDAs, non-competes, or other tactics that stem from fear versus inspiration. 

We focus instead on what we are doing and how we are contributing. Lighting one another up. A candle loses nothing by lighting another flame- there is just more light in the world.

 

You are the seed.

We support and foster self-development and self-care. We understand the innate possibility in our facilitators, clients, students, and teammates. 

When there is water and sunshine they can grow into trees that make a difference in the world.

 

Healing doesn’t happen alone.

We now understand that exposure to adverse events affects brain development, as well as a person’s health projections. We take stock in the research that demonstrates building trusting relationships improves health outcomes and brain function.

 We are tirelessly dedicated to growing the size and intimacy of our community.

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This is Our Team.

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Eleanor Bramwell, BCSI KMI, E-RYT 500 - Executive Director

Eleanor is known for creating sacred space, powerful facilitation, and weaving self growth inquiry into all that she does.

Her academic education in psychology, trauma, and experience as a Board Certified Structural Integrator were ignited by an earnest desire to understand the body/mind continuum.

A radical visionary and conscious entrepreneur, she is the CEO of BodyWise Institute. Eleanor founded this nonprofit as a sister organization out of her dedication to a life of service.

 
 

 
 
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JESSICA KNOTT - Director of Trauma Informed Programs

Jessica brings a depth of experience to her leadership with BodyWise Foundation.  She draws from her experience working in clinical research at Johns Hopkins University, managing teams within the communications field, and co-creating and managing a donation-based yoga organization to guide the BodyWise team toward growth and sustainability. 
 
Jessica is co-founder of Pop Up Yoga Baltimore, an LLC that provides donation-based yoga to the greater Baltimore area. She is also an experienced writer, editor, yoga teacher, reiki master, meditation teacher, and staff facilitator in 200-hour yoga teacher trainings.

 
  Bill Tipper   ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER  Bill is one of the top yoga photographers in the world, his images can be seen in a diverse collection of print and online publications including Travel & Leisure, Yoga Journal, Yoga International, and Traveler Magazine, as well as the coffee table book he authored.  Bill recognizes the power of yoga in his own life and is an active student of yoga philosophy and meditation. His dedication to be of service in the world has guided him to support others in their healing journey through yoga.

Bill Tipper

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

Bill is one of the top yoga photographers in the world, his images can be seen in a diverse collection of print and online publications including Travel & Leisure, Yoga Journal, Yoga International, and Traveler Magazine, as well as the coffee table book he authored.

Bill recognizes the power of yoga in his own life and is an active student of yoga philosophy and meditation. His dedication to be of service in the world has guided him to support others in their healing journey through yoga.

  Daphne Herling, MSW   ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER  Daphne was director of Montana KIDS COUNT at the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana. Although semi-retired, she still writes research papers and policy briefs on issues important to children and families in Montana. Her fundraising experience encompasses raising funds for national and statewide groups.  She developed coalitions and trained community leaders to work with poverty, hunger, disabilities, and homelessness. Her work in Montana included conducting process and qualitative evaluation of diverse projects on early childhood, substance abuse and transition to work programs.

Daphne Herling, MSW

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

Daphne was director of Montana KIDS COUNT at the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana. Although semi-retired, she still writes research papers and policy briefs on issues important to children and families in Montana. Her fundraising experience encompasses raising funds for national and statewide groups.

She developed coalitions and trained community leaders to work with poverty, hunger, disabilities, and homelessness. Her work in Montana included conducting process and qualitative evaluation of diverse projects on early childhood, substance abuse and transition to work programs.

  Elizabeth Ringler-Jayanthan,   LMSW   OUTREACH TEAM  Elizabeth Ringler-Jayanthan is a social worker and has focused her work on healing trauma. She has worked extensively with survivors of forced migration including refugees, asylum seekers and survivors of human trafficking. She is a graduate of the Harvard Center for Refugee Trauma, Trauma and Recovery Certificate program.  Elizabeth has also worked extensively with survivors of gender-based violence and has facilitated support groups for immigrant women that have experienced intimate partner violence, as well as other forms of gender-based violence.  Elizabeth is passionate about utilizing mind body approaches in work with her clients, particularly mindfulness, trauma-sensitive yoga, and integrating nature into her work.

Elizabeth Ringler-Jayanthan, LMSW

OUTREACH TEAM

Elizabeth Ringler-Jayanthan is a social worker and has focused her work on healing trauma. She has worked extensively with survivors of forced migration including refugees, asylum seekers and survivors of human trafficking. She is a graduate of the Harvard Center for Refugee Trauma, Trauma and Recovery Certificate program.

Elizabeth has also worked extensively with survivors of gender-based violence and has facilitated support groups for immigrant women that have experienced intimate partner violence, as well as other forms of gender-based violence.

Elizabeth is passionate about utilizing mind body approaches in work with her clients, particularly mindfulness, trauma-sensitive yoga, and integrating nature into her work.

 
  Jane Fryer, E-RYT 500   ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER  Jane Fryer E-RYT 500, progressively and passionately recognizes the profound power of restorative yoga to heal trauma. Her trainings weave scientific study into the restorative journey, more deeply empowering future teachers. In her 35 years teaching yoga, she has become known as an elder, wise woman, and guide. In that time she has trained hundreds of teachers, mentored upcoming leaders, and shifted many paradigms.

Jane Fryer, E-RYT 500

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

Jane Fryer E-RYT 500, progressively and passionately recognizes the profound power of restorative yoga to heal trauma. Her trainings weave scientific study into the restorative journey, more deeply empowering future teachers. In her 35 years teaching yoga, she has become known as an elder, wise woman, and guide. In that time she has trained hundreds of teachers, mentored upcoming leaders, and shifted many paradigms.

  Karen East, RYT-200, CPT   ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER  Karen is passionate about supporting her clients in long-term wellness. She was drawn to yoga in her own personal journey healing trauma.  She believes that the ability to heal is available to each being, and contained within.  We are lucky to have Karen on our team, she helps us navigate social media, marketing, and out reach strategy.

Karen East, RYT-200, CPT

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

Karen is passionate about supporting her clients in long-term wellness. She was drawn to yoga in her own personal journey healing trauma.

She believes that the ability to heal is available to each being, and contained within.

We are lucky to have Karen on our team, she helps us navigate social media, marketing, and out reach strategy.

  Laura Cannon   ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER  Laura C. Cannon ( http://lauraccannon.com ) is a spiritual teacher, entrepreneur, speaker, and author, with a deep passion for the awakening consciousness. Her book,  The Conscious Entrepreneur , is a collection of practices and perspectives for entrepreneurs and businesspeople to change their relationship with their working life.  Ordained as a nondenominational minister in 2003, she has been ministering and coaching individuals and couples for over a decade. She leads meditations and Satsang as part of her Soul Community Church, in Columbia, MD. Laura holds a B.S. from Towson University and an M.A. in Human Sciences (Psychology) from Hood College with a specialization in Thanatology and Grief Counseling. A lover of all things that blend the practical and the spiritual, Laura is also a 200hr RYT yoga and meditation instructor.  Her blend of practical business management and finance skills, along with her commitment to healing trauma through the body, makes her a perfect fit for the BodyWiseFoundation team!

Laura Cannon

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

Laura C. Cannon (http://lauraccannon.com) is a spiritual teacher, entrepreneur, speaker, and author, with a deep passion for the awakening consciousness. Her book, The Conscious Entrepreneur, is a collection of practices and perspectives for entrepreneurs and businesspeople to change their relationship with their working life.

Ordained as a nondenominational minister in 2003, she has been ministering and coaching individuals and couples for over a decade. She leads meditations and Satsang as part of her Soul Community Church, in Columbia, MD. Laura holds a B.S. from Towson University and an M.A. in Human Sciences (Psychology) from Hood College with a specialization in Thanatology and Grief Counseling. A lover of all things that blend the practical and the spiritual, Laura is also a 200hr RYT yoga and meditation instructor.

Her blend of practical business management and finance skills, along with her commitment to healing trauma through the body, makes her a perfect fit for the BodyWiseFoundation team!

 
  Shira Cavaliri MA, LCPC, DMT   OUTREACH TEAM  Shira has always been committed to the arts, conflict resolution, and social justice. In her career as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor she incorporates trauma informed practices, resiliency work, and dance/movement therapy with children, adolescents, and families.  She understands the power of movement and how it can lead individuals through expression, and healing.  She is a current candidate for the Trauma Studies Certificate from the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute.

Shira Cavaliri MA, LCPC, DMT

OUTREACH TEAM

Shira has always been committed to the arts, conflict resolution, and social justice. In her career as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor she incorporates trauma informed practices, resiliency work, and dance/movement therapy with children, adolescents, and families.

She understands the power of movement and how it can lead individuals through expression, and healing.

She is a current candidate for the Trauma Studies Certificate from the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute.

  Becca Cerra   SECRETARY  Becca Cerra encourages her students to use yoga as a tool to practice self-love and develop a positive body image. In addition to practicing and teaching yoga and thai bodywork, she is a sculptor and choreographer and her work is a catalyst for body positive revolutions. She has been a guest writer for teen development specialists and body image experts, won the International Association of Eating Disorder Professional’s Art Competition, served as a mentor for the LGBTQIA community, and held community-based programs combating violence against women.

Becca Cerra

SECRETARY

Becca Cerra encourages her students to use yoga as a tool to practice self-love and develop a positive body image. In addition to practicing and teaching yoga and thai bodywork, she is a sculptor and choreographer and her work is a catalyst for body positive revolutions. She has been a guest writer for teen development specialists and body image experts, won the International Association of Eating Disorder Professional’s Art Competition, served as a mentor for the LGBTQIA community, and held community-based programs combating violence against women.

  Sara Hass   DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH

Sara Hass

DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH

 
  Alex Smyth   RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Alex Smyth

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

  Delta Merner, Ph.d.   RESEARCH ASSOCIATE  Delta has ten years of experience working on interdisciplinary research teams and with local non-profits, with expertise in community-based research. She has experience working in the context of natural disasters and emergency management from multiple perspectives, including experiences as a disaster preparedness trainer, medical first responder, emergency shelter manager, disaster social worker, recovery professional, and researcher. She has a Ph.D. in Geography and Environmental Systems with a focus on hydroclimatic variability and community resilience.

Delta Merner, Ph.d.

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Delta has ten years of experience working on interdisciplinary research teams and with local non-profits, with expertise in community-based research. She has experience working in the context of natural disasters and emergency management from multiple perspectives, including experiences as a disaster preparedness trainer, medical first responder, emergency shelter manager, disaster social worker, recovery professional, and researcher. She has a Ph.D. in Geography and Environmental Systems with a focus on hydroclimatic variability and community resilience.

  Mark Rosenburg   RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Mark Rosenburg

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

 
  Veronica Robertson, MSc, MA   RESEARCH ASSOCIATE  Wrenna has a diverse educational background, with five degrees spanning the social and natural sciences, including a Masters in Sociology and a Masters in Plant Chemistry.  Wrenna has worked in diverse settings, leading action in support of marginalized populations, undertaking research on the linkages between human and ecosystem health, teaching research methodologies to university and college students, and is currently leading Gender-Based Analysis for Natural Resources Canada. She is also leading an innovative HR project aimed at increasing diversity and inclusion in the recruitment and development of policy analysts and research scientists into the Department.  Wrenna has been an attentive student of her own body’s wisdom since she was a child. As a dancer, she learned of her body’s extraordinary ability to heal emotional wounds through conscious movement. She has made yoga and meditation a dedicated practice for the past two decades. Wrenna is currently on the path to being a registered 5 Rhythms dance instructor.

Veronica Robertson, MSc, MA

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Wrenna has a diverse educational background, with five degrees spanning the social and natural sciences, including a Masters in Sociology and a Masters in Plant Chemistry.

Wrenna has worked in diverse settings, leading action in support of marginalized populations, undertaking research on the linkages between human and ecosystem health, teaching research methodologies to university and college students, and is currently leading Gender-Based Analysis for Natural Resources Canada. She is also leading an innovative HR project aimed at increasing diversity and inclusion in the recruitment and development of policy analysts and research scientists into the Department.

Wrenna has been an attentive student of her own body’s wisdom since she was a child. As a dancer, she learned of her body’s extraordinary ability to heal emotional wounds through conscious movement. She has made yoga and meditation a dedicated practice for the past two decades. Wrenna is currently on the path to being a registered 5 Rhythms dance instructor.

  Kameron Wilson   TREASURER  Kameron Wilson is the VP of Wilson Logistics, one of the largest logistics companies in the US. Kamo thrives on the satisfaction and prosperity of his employees, customers and community. A natural leader, he is charismatic and genuinely cares for those he works alongside. He is gifted at recognizing the strengths in his team and supports them in roles where they can shine.  His background in business management, team leading and building, and fiscal planning; enable him to guide the BodyWise Foundation team as we grow.

Kameron Wilson

TREASURER

Kameron Wilson is the VP of Wilson Logistics, one of the largest logistics companies in the US. Kamo thrives on the satisfaction and prosperity of his employees, customers and community. A natural leader, he is charismatic and genuinely cares for those he works alongside. He is gifted at recognizing the strengths in his team and supports them in roles where they can shine.

His background in business management, team leading and building, and fiscal planning; enable him to guide the BodyWise Foundation team as we grow.

  April Elliot, Ed.S, C-IAYT   DIRECTOR OF SCHOOL BASED EDUCATION  April is a nationally certified school psychologist, internationally certified yoga therapist, and a somatic experiencing practitioner in training. April currently works as a school psychologist in New Jersey, teaches trauma-informed yoga classes, and runs a private yoga therapy practice for individuals recovering from trauma.  She is a contributor to our Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher Training and our Trauma Sensitive Training for School Teachers. April facilitates both trainings and sits on our Board of Directors.

April Elliot, Ed.S, C-IAYT

DIRECTOR OF SCHOOL BASED EDUCATION

April is a nationally certified school psychologist, internationally certified yoga therapist, and a somatic experiencing practitioner in training. April currently works as a school psychologist in New Jersey, teaches trauma-informed yoga classes, and runs a private yoga therapy practice for individuals recovering from trauma.

She is a contributor to our Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher Training and our Trauma Sensitive Training for School Teachers. April facilitates both trainings and sits on our Board of Directors.

 
  Ashley Zimmerman   DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL AID

Ashley Zimmerman

DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL AID

  Brainne Hahn LCSW-C   PROGRAM DIRECTOR  Bri is a Co-owner of 4 local Outpatient Mental Health Clinics in Maryland. She received her trauma certificate from University of Maryland in 2013 and uses trauma informed therapy when practicing. She believes in resiliency and that healing comes from the work we put into ourselves. Through the use of therapy, yoga, and meditation, Bri believes that one can improve their mind, body, and spirit.

Brainne Hahn LCSW-C

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Bri is a Co-owner of 4 local Outpatient Mental Health Clinics in Maryland. She received her trauma certificate from University of Maryland in 2013 and uses trauma informed therapy when practicing. She believes in resiliency and that healing comes from the work we put into ourselves. Through the use of therapy, yoga, and meditation, Bri believes that one can improve their mind, body, and spirit.

  Summer Carlyle   PROGRAM MANAGER  Summer brings over 13 years managing, building, training, and empowering team members to our organization. She is committed to living with deep integrity, in alignment with her moral compass, and responding to all living beings with kindness.  Summer felt an immediate resonance with BodyWise because our company was founded with service and growth as core values. She has worked in the non profit sector for over 15 years. Her dedication to supporting the journey of growth is palpable simply being in her presence.

Summer Carlyle

PROGRAM MANAGER

Summer brings over 13 years managing, building, training, and empowering team members to our organization. She is committed to living with deep integrity, in alignment with her moral compass, and responding to all living beings with kindness.

Summer felt an immediate resonance with BodyWise because our company was founded with service and growth as core values. She has worked in the non profit sector for over 15 years. Her dedication to supporting the journey of growth is palpable simply being in her presence.

 
  Alana Greenberg, MA, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT   TRAINING FACILITATOR  Alana Layne Greenberg, MA, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, is a Transpersonal Psychotherapist specializing in relieving the mental/emotional impacts and physiological imprints of traumatic stress. Being a life-long observer of the wisdom that animates the body, Alana's interest in "movement as medicine" led her to become an internationally certified Yoga Therapist and trainer of teachers. Through decades of learning, navigating and experimenting in her own soma and psyche, she has developed a body of work that reflects her quest to understand the essence of full-spectrum wellness. Through somatic awakening, neurological remapping and the poetic technology of several healing methods, Alana offers as many tools as possible to inspire, empower and help people articulate their fullest potential.

Alana Greenberg, MA, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

TRAINING FACILITATOR

Alana Layne Greenberg, MA, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, is a Transpersonal Psychotherapist specializing in relieving the mental/emotional impacts and physiological imprints of traumatic stress. Being a life-long observer of the wisdom that animates the body, Alana's interest in "movement as medicine" led her to become an internationally certified Yoga Therapist and trainer of teachers. Through decades of learning, navigating and experimenting in her own soma and psyche, she has developed a body of work that reflects her quest to understand the essence of full-spectrum wellness. Through somatic awakening, neurological remapping and the poetic technology of several healing methods, Alana offers as many tools as possible to inspire, empower and help people articulate their fullest potential.

  Ericka Leonard   TRAINING FACILITATOR  Ericka Leonard is a clinical therapist, and certified yoga teacher. She currently works with women and children to address trauma caused by domestic violence, abuse, and human trafficking. Ericka is also a trained educator, and has worked with diverse populations in various school settings. Ericka serves on our Board of Directors and manages the BodyWise Foundation’s Energy Exchange Program.

Ericka Leonard

TRAINING FACILITATOR

Ericka Leonard is a clinical therapist, and certified yoga teacher. She currently works with women and children to address trauma caused by domestic violence, abuse, and human trafficking. Ericka is also a trained educator, and has worked with diverse populations in various school settings. Ericka serves on our Board of Directors and manages the BodyWise Foundation’s Energy Exchange Program.

  Lauren Going, MSW LCSW-C, RYT   TRAINING FACILITATOR  Lauren is the owner and director of Going to Thrive, a Baltimore based holistic outpatient mental health practice that incorporates yoga, mindfulness, and other somatic therapies. She also teachers workshops and trainings on trauma and the body, mindfulness, and yoga nidra. Lauren is trained as an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist through the Himalayan Institute, a Yoga Nidra facilitator through the Amrit School of Yoga Nidra, and a Lifeforce Yoga instructor. Lauren specializes in trauma sensitive yoga as well as yoga for depression and anxiety. Lauren holds an advanced trauma certification through the Ferentz Institute. Lauren believes that to truly heal talking about one’s experiences is not enough. One has to address the entire being-body and mind.  Goingtothrive.net

Lauren Going, MSW LCSW-C, RYT

TRAINING FACILITATOR

Lauren is the owner and director of Going to Thrive, a Baltimore based holistic outpatient mental health practice that incorporates yoga, mindfulness, and other somatic therapies. She also teachers workshops and trainings on trauma and the body, mindfulness, and yoga nidra.
Lauren is trained as an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist through the Himalayan Institute, a Yoga Nidra facilitator through the Amrit School of Yoga Nidra, and a Lifeforce Yoga instructor. Lauren specializes in trauma sensitive yoga as well as yoga for depression and anxiety. Lauren holds an advanced trauma certification through the Ferentz Institute. Lauren believes that to truly heal talking about one’s experiences is not enough. One has to address the entire being-body and mind.

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