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Meet Briana McHugh of Her Haven Holistic in Orange County

Today we’d like to introduce you to Briana McHugh.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
At the age of seventeen, I began volunteering in my High School’s Autism classroom in Seattle Washington. I knew that I had found my calling because the happiest I had ever been was when I was working with those students. I quickly became passionate about facilitating social inclusion between the students who were in Special Education, and the students who were mainstreamed.

From attending school basketball games to coordinating Saturday nights at the movies, it was an honor and a joy to witness students connecting with their peers in new and meaningful ways and embracing differences. I received my degree in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis on Human Development from Chapman University.

Has it been a smooth road?
Someone once told me “You’re wound is your gift.” I have found this to be incredibly true in regard to where my path has led me. For most of my young life and well into early adulthood I struggled with severe depression and anxiety. I found solace from my emotional pain through immersing myself in community service.

I can say with absolute certainty that my struggles are what allow me to serve my clients today in ways that would not be possible, had I not gone through the painful experiences that have helped shape me. It was in my mid-twenties that I was fortunate enough to discover Yoga and other Holistic Health modalities. This discovery not only changed the course of my life- but saved it.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Her Haven Holistic – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I created Her Haven Holistic because I identified a need for Yoga and other Holistic Health services that are accessible to all. We create intentional spaces that are inclusive, culturally sensitive, and affordable.

We believe that it is imperative to cater to our clients who are indifferently abled bodies, of any race, gender identity and socioeconomic status. We provide free Yoga classes and education to underserved communities and host free Yoga events for veterans, service members, and their families. We specialize in serving individuals of all ages who are on the Autism Spectrum, as well as trauma survivors.

Her Haven Holistic offers ASD Specialized Yoga classes, which have been designed to cater specifically to those who have Autism. We serve the full Spectrum, from those who have been diagnosed with High Functioning Asperger’s Syndrome, to those who require more support. Our ASD Yoga classes provide a unique environment that empowers people who have Autism to connect with their peers and their own bodies through Yoga and Meditation. We host classes, and also provide in-home private sessions.

We also specialize in Trauma Sensitive Yoga, which is a style of teaching that takes into account the effects that trauma has on our bodies and brains. Trauma Sensitive Yoga can be an extremely powerful incorporation into the treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). These Yoga classes create a survivor-led experience, which means that the framework, themes, language, and environment are all carefully curated in a way that allows each person to heal in their own way and at their own pace.

We understand that healing after trauma is a deeply personal experience that is unique to each individual, and we take this into account in all that we do. We believe that it is crucial for all yoga instructors to be mindful of the fact that there are survivors of trauma taking their classes every day.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love the vibrant energy of LA, and all of the creative, bright, and diverse individuals it draws. For me, being in LA feels like a breath of fresh air. There is a palpable excitement that one can feel walking through this city’s streets. If I had to choose one word that describes LA, it would be alive. It just feels so incredibly alive.

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Karina Cornejo

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