214 Eastern Ave
Gloucester, MA 01930
Brenda and Ben Santora
Brenda's foundation is based on several yoga styles, blending the best from many traditions in her teachings. Brenda teaches from the premise that each student comes to the mat as an individual and should practice at his or her own level without judgment or competition. She hopes that with practice, students will experience their own physical and mental strength. Her classes are appropriately challenging, nurturing, introspective and fun.
Brenda's yoga journey began in 1993 at Yoga in the Mad River Valley, Waitsfield, Vermont with extraordinary teachers Mary Flemming, Nancy Spencer and Jyoti Hansa. After relocating to Boston, Brenda completed a two-year teacher training course in 2000 at the BKS Iyengar Yoga Center of Somerville with Peentz Dubble and Patricia Walden. After 7 years of study with Patricia Walden and a 4 year apprenticeship with Peentz Dubble, Brenda held Level 2 Iyengar certification from 2007 - 2014.
Since 2000, Brenda has been teaching throughout the Boston and Cambridge area at health clubs, hospitals, colleges and adult education centers. In 2005, the Boston Adult Education Center named Brenda as one of their teachers of the year. Brenda taught for over 13 years at the Clubs at Charles River Park at Mass General Hospital teaching all-level classes, chair yoga for Mass General Hospital Senior Healthwise and private classes. She was on the faculty at Tufts University for 5 1/2 years teaching yoga to undergraduates, graduates and staff. In August 2014 Brenda realized a lifelong dream and opened Trident Yoga with her husband Ben in Gloucester, MA.
Brenda is registered with the National Yoga Alliance and a member of Yoga for Arthritis. She has completed a 93-hour online training course in Integrative Yoga Therapeutics with Bo Forbes, PsyD., participated in a 25-hour Restorative Teacher Training with Jamie Skolnick of Laughing Lotus, New York City and took part in a 50-hour training session with Beryl Bender Birch. In August 2014, Brenda completed an 8-day, 80-hour Insight Yin Yoga teacher-training program with Sarah Powers, integrating Yoga, Buddhism and Psychology.
Brenda is currently participating in several programs including:
Yoga for Seniors and the Anatomy of Aging - Sherry Zak Morris
The Posture Project for the 50+ Population - Sherry Zak Morris
Introduction to Yoga for Cancer - Tari Prinster
Teaching Yoga for Common Musculoskeletal Imbalances: Neck and Shoulder - Marlysa Sullivan
Yoga for Osteoporosis - Dr. Loren Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall
Yoga and Metabolic Syndrome - Baxter Bell M.D.
Private classes can be scheduled for those who prefer to work one on one.