Brenda Lyons has been practicing yoga since she was 14 years old, but it was the aftermath of 9/11 and her subsequent evacuation from Islamabad, Pakistan, where she was teaching at the time, that gave her both the impetus and opportunity to deepen her practice through a teacher training course at the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, California. Over the past 15 years, Brenda has studied with master teachers Shiva Rea, Erich Schiffman, Baron Baptiste, and Angela Farmer, and has earned additional certifications in teaching Yoga for Stress Relief, Yoga for Seniors, Creative Yoga for Kids, Kripalu Yoga in the Schools for Teens, and Partner Yoga.
28 years ago, Brenda was introduced to Tai Chi and Qigong when she moved to Taipei, Taiwan to teach at the American School. She noticed right away that, all of the “cool” people were carrying tai chi swords around instead of yoga mats. Immediately, she wanted to follow in their footsteps and contacted their master teacher. Unfortunately, she found out that it would be several years of studying Tai Chi and Qigong before she would be able to even touch a sword, but she stayed in Taiwan for eight years longer and by the time she left had fulfilled her dream of learning a Tai Chi sword form.
Since then, Brenda has studied with Qigong masters in Malaysia, the USA and most recently in Mainland China. Prior to moving to Panama, she offered Qigong classes to the expatriate population in Shanghai and taught at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in New York. She has also taught Tai Chi and Qigong in Malaysia, Ethiopia and Venezuela.
Brenda also has certificates to teach Zumba, Nia and Shake Your Soul Dance. She has also published articles internationally in the areas of health and well-being. Her aim in all of her teachings is to inspire and empower people through physical movement to tap into the healing energy within for better health and a feeling of well-being.