JILL BRENNER

Yoga Journal - - LIVE WELL -

AS A YOGA PRAC­TI­TIONER with a fam­ily mem­ber who was on the autism spec­trum, Brenner was nat­u­rally drawn to Ashrams for Autism. “When I con­nected with Sharon Man­ner in 2015, I had just com­pleted my 200-hour yoga-teacher train­ing, and I was ea­ger to teach through her pro­grams,” says Brenner. At the time, Brenner was work­ing for a ma­jor pub­lic re­la­tions firm in New York City—which put her in a po­si­tion to see that the non­profit was miss­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to spread the word about its work. “In such a small or­ga­ni­za­tion, some­one like Sharon is busy do­ing ev­ery­thing she can to help oth­ers—she isn’t think­ing about the mar­ket­ing and pub­lic re­la­tions side of things,” says Brenner. “That’s where I saw an op­por­tu­nity to help.” Brenner started go­ing af­ter me­dia ap­pear­ances and place­ments for Man­ner and prep­ping her for in­ter­views—just as she had done in her PR ca­reer. “Teach­ing yoga to pop­u­la­tions who re­ally need it is beau­ti­ful, and I love do­ing it,” says Brenner. “But I hope peo­ple see that you can use what­ever skills you have to help oth­ers.”

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