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

In year one we launched in Baltimore. In our second year two 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 - MANAGING Director

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.

 
  Daphne Herling, MSW -  advisory board member  Daphne was a Senior Research Analyst at the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana and the Director of an Annie E. Casey Foundation program. 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 a Senior Research Analyst at the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana and the Director of an Annie E. Casey Foundation program. 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. 

  Lauren Going MA, LCSW, 500-hr RYT -  Training Facilitator  In her private psyco-therapy practice Lauren specializes in trauma. She utilizes EMDR, DBT, TRE, and trauma informed yoga with her patients. She understands that to fully heal the somatic, emotional, and spirit must be tended to.  Lauren has studied, worked, and lived in Buddhist Centers, Nepal, Colorado, and India. Along her yogic journey she has trained with many, like Rod Stryker, Desiree Rumbaugh, Shiva Rae, Sean Corne, and Amy Weintraub.

Lauren Going MA, LCSW, 500-hr RYT - Training Facilitator

In her private psyco-therapy practice Lauren specializes in trauma. She utilizes EMDR, DBT, TRE, and trauma informed yoga with her patients. She understands that to fully heal the somatic, emotional, and spirit must be tended to.

Lauren has studied, worked, and lived in Buddhist Centers, Nepal, Colorado, and India. Along her yogic journey she has trained with many, like Rod Stryker, Desiree Rumbaugh, Shiva Rae, Sean Corne, and Amy Weintraub.

  Shira Cavaliri MA, LCPC, DMT -  Director of Outreach  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 - Director of Outreach

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.

 
  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.

  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.

  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.

 
  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. 

  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. 

 
  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,  M.A.Ed, CAGS, C-IAYT -  DIRECTOR OF SCHOOL BASED EDUCATION   

April Elliot,M.A.Ed, CAGS, C-IAYT - DIRECTOR OF SCHOOL BASED EDUCATION

 

  Sara Hass   -  DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH   

Sara Hass - DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH

 

 
  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.

  Mark Rosenburg   -  RESEARCH ASSOCIATE   

Mark Rosenburg RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

 

  Alex Smyth -  RESEARCH ASSOCIATE     

Alex Smyth - RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
 

 

 
  Ericka Leonard   -  TRAINING FACILITATOR    

Ericka Leonard TRAINING FACILITATOR 

 

  Ashley Zimmerman   -  DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL AID   

Ashley Zimmerman DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL AID

 

  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. 

 
  Elizabeth Ringler -  ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER   

Elizabeth Ringler - ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

 

  Laura Cannon   -  ADVISORY BOARD MEMBEr  Laura is a conscious entrepreneur, author,  CFO, and financial advisor. She bring enthusiasm, belief in the bodies intelligence, and optimism to her guidance of our company.

Laura Cannon ADVISORY BOARD MEMBEr

Laura is a conscious entrepreneur, author,  CFO, and financial advisor. She bring enthusiasm, belief in the bodies intelligence, and optimism to her guidance of our company.

 
 

Want to Join Our Cause?

We are looking to work with individuals who are as passionate as we are when it comes to helping others heal. Contact Us to learn more about open positions.