Bretton began practicing yoga from a dvd at age eleven, primarily as a complement to dance. A kinesthetic learner, she would often practice in her bedroom while or in lieu of doing homework. Her first instructor-led class took place her freshman year of high school, taught by a gym teacher who offered students a safe space in which to explore bodily sensation through yoga poses (asana) and meditation. This formative experience greatly contributed to Bretton’s love for the practice, as well as her passion for teaching children of all ages, but particularly the challenging adolescent/early teen years.
In 2012, Bretton completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training in DC with Patty Ivey, Nicole Schirm, and Kelly Stine. She has since partaken in numerous trainings and certification programs (see below). Prior to teaching yoga full time, she worked part time teaching yoga to high intensity athletes, while also working at a hot power yoga studio as an assistant providing hands-on adjustments for one year. Her experience as an assistant teacher was fundamental in shaping her hands-on, individualized teaching style, while giving Bretton the opportunity to learn on a deep level how different bodies move. In 2014, Bretton began teaching yoga full time, while also returning to her dance roots, teaching dance to children and barre to adults. She absolutely loves to dance, and maintains a regular dance and barre practice in addition to yoga. She teaches Vinyasa style yoga to adults, striving to do so from a place of authentic connection with each student by tapping into her inherent creativity and sensitivity.
Much of Bretton’s work entails teaching yoga and mindfulness to children with special needs, ages 18 months to third grade at a private school specializing in inclusive education for deaf and hard of hearing children, and adolescents and teens in an outpatient rehab facility helping teens overcome mental health and behavioral struggles including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and substance abuse. She currently teaches at various public, private, and charter schools in DC, Montgomery, and Fairfax Counties.
Bretton has taught internationally at live-in healing retreat centers in Mexico and Cambodia. In 2016, she made her first trip to India (Mysore), to further her studies in yoga and Ayurveda while practicing at the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI). She currently practices Mysore-style Ashtanga with Michael Joel Hall in Washington, DC, and remains immensely grateful for the guidance of him and many other teachers who have influenced her practice and work.
Down Dog Yoga: Spring 2012 200-Hour Teacher Training Program; Art of Assisting (I & II)
Circle Yoga: Budding Yogis Teaching Yoga to Kids; Every Kid’s Yoga: Yoga for Special Needs Children
Spark Yoga: Yoga Anatomy for Teachers; Barre Teacher Training
CorePower Yoga: Yoga Sculpt Teacher Training
K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI): Sanskrit Levels One & Two
G.M. Healing Centre: Usui Shiki Ryoho First Degree & Second Degree Reiki Method of Natural Healing
Radiant Child Yoga Levels 1, 2, and 3