BJ Galvan is an internationally renown Anusara yoga teacher who’s intention is to serve the greater flow of Nature in ways that contribute value, meaning and enhance the whole. BJ stands for Benita Jacqueline, her birth name which she is reclaiming. Benita means ‘Blessed’, which she feels has always been her experience.
Benita teaches a heart filled, therapeutically aligned dynamic flow class, infused with fun and wisdom that will inspire and challenge you to awaken to your greater possibilities in body, mind and spirit. She loves to teach and serves from her heart to inspire you to align with the power of Grace and awaken to your own shining Light within.
A master Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher and passionate about Anusara® yoga, Benita’s 27+ years as fitness teacher and 38+ years studying nature based metaphysical teachings shines through as an “energizing presence and contagiously uplifting.” After two years of intense Ashtanga study, Benita felt drawn to the Anusara practice and has since dedicated thousands of hours of rigorous training, studying and teaching the inspirational style of Anusara yoga in her playful way. She has had a devoted personal practice since 1999 and has been a celebrated international yoga teacher since 2005.
Benita J. feels grateful to have had the opportunity to travel the world studying with, apprenticing and assisting master yoga teacher and founder of Anusara Yoga, John Friend. Although he has left Anusara yoga and she no longer is studying with him, it is with great honor that Benita is one of the principle co-founders in the collaboration of the teacher-led global Anusara® School of Hatha Yoga™, truly a labor of love. She has been integral in introducing Anusara yoga in South America and fluent in Spanish, she currently leads bi-lingual immersions, teacher trainings, master classes, retreats, workshops and intensives in Latin American and other international and national venues.
Ever the student, Benita continues to refine her yoga, wisdom and nature based studies with the finest teachers, scholars and healers in the world. She has regularly studied yoga philosophy under the auspices of renowned Tantric wisdom scholars Carlos Pomeda, Sally Kempton, Paul Muller-Ortega, Chris ‘Hareesh’ Wallis and others, and has been a devoted student of Dr. Douglas Brooks for over 10 yrs. All of these great teachers and teachings inspire the subtle weaving of life affirming themes into her classes. An ardent desire to connect deeply within her own heart and with the hearts of those around her, fuels the dedication to continued study and practices of other healing modalities and nature based practices that naturally expand the body, mind and soul.
Humbly filled with gratitude, love and devotion, Benita is honored for the privilege to share the wisdom and teachings of grace that her teachers have so graciously and generously showered on her.
“Anusara yoga isn’t only what I do or teach, it’s how I live, who I am in context with the rest of the Universe. Anusara is aligning with, trusting and celebrating the Energy beating our hearts, growing the trees, shining the sun. It is the very being, knowing and celebrating that Energy isn’t something outside of myself, it is consciously expressing as me. It’s immersing myself in the magic of the Flow.”
Benita, also known as Bj or Beej, was a fully certified ACE and IDEA fitness instructor and personal trainer for 15+ years. She is a Certified HypnoBirthing® Practitioner, Reiki Master, ordained minister to officiate weddings, funerals and other rites of passage, attends births and collaborates in shamanic sweat lodges and other ceremonial events.
Outside of the fitness industry, she founded and managed several successful business ventures, both for profit and not for profit, and served four years on the local school board which built the first green school in the country, as well as served on the board for her neighborhood association. She is proud to be the mother of three extraordinary young men, and overjoyed to be the grandmother of two beautiful little boys and two little faerie granddaughters, also known as the grand drops!
Eternally thankful for her family, friends, her teachers and all our ancestors, she is especially grateful to John Friend, Douglas Brooks and the lineages of Grace for the auspicious blessings that led her to this rocking with Shakti, fun loving, magically transformational, all inclusive, life-affirming yoga practice called Anusara Yoga.