About Us & Our Vision
Our Core Values Are...
Accountability • Authenticity • Integrity • Community • Service • Inclusivity
Our Mission with
To guide them their highest potential
To encourage leadership qualities
To nurture empathy, compassion and tolerance
To build the self-esteem and confidence in this
next generation of leaders
Yoga/mindfulness classes in the school
Social and emotional intelligence programs
Local summer camps
Week long retreats for parents and teens
Mentorship round-tables and peer involvement
Yoga teacher training opportunities
Giving back to the community and global SEVA projects
Our Passionate and Experienced Team
Creator, Founder, Visionary
Dana Damara is a mother of two middle school aged girls, creator of Embody Truth Yoga Teacher Training, author of Oms from the Mat and Oms from the Heart and Creator and Founder of Youth and Girls Elevate.
She graduated from college in 1996 with a Business Administration and Marketing degree, and soon there after, left to travel the world. While traveling, Dana began studying and sharing yoga and mindfulness with people of all ages. She became a mother after her travels and has formulated her life along the trajectory of their development.
As the former owner of Satsang Yoga in the NW, she was the pioneer of bringing prenatal yoga to her community via the local hospitals over 15 years ago. She created the first yoga studio with child-care, postnatal, and kids yoga including families and kids into the practice of yoga.
She radically changed her life just 4 years ago and moved with her two daughters to the Bay Area for a new start. She now shares group classes in San Francisco and Marin and has taught at conferences and festivals all over the world. She leads workshops on self-empowerment and has a passion for encouraging women and their daughters to investigate, speak and live their truth.
She wrote and founded a certified yoga school that trains approximately 60-80 aspiring teachers per year and thrives in creating community tribes that work together to make change. She enjoys leading retreats, guiding her students to a deeper expression of themselves and how they relate in the world.
Dana has a deep and potent connection to the yoga and education communities in Marin and San Francisco, a breadth of teaching and training experience, and a real desire to revolutionize education by adding social emotional wellness curriculum that allows students to reach their potential.
Dana says “I feel it is time to radically shift our education system; I have felt that for a long time. However I am also smart enough to know that we can’t go in, yogi guns blazing.” Her intent is to use the inherent flexibility of the program to meet the unique needs of each school community Youth Elevate™ works with while integrating the tried and true practices she has developed as a yoga teacher, teacher trainer, mother of two girls, and creator of Girls Elevate™.
Secretary, Program Coordinator
Gillian became a part of Youth Elevate and Girls Elevate after seeing the curriculum for Girls Elevate spread across Dana's kitchen table. From then onwards, she has dedicated her time and energy to making this program flourish.
Gillian graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 2007, an experience that instilled in her the power of sisterhood, and of female empowerment. This are values that have influenced her career path, as well as her personal dharma. In addition to teaching yoga in the Bay Area, Gillian works to empower women in their own creative and professional endeavors and, through Youth and Girls Elevate, wants to empower the next generation as well.
Co-Founder, Abundance Manifester
Beth, like Dana, is a passionate yogini born under the Leo sun, so it’s no surprise they found each other and dove headfirst into creating Youth Elevate.
Beth graduated with honors in Marketing and Environmental Studies from Miami University in 2010. From there, she spent time immersed in various corporate marketing roles, but it wasn’t until she migrated from Chicago to the beautifully quirky city of San Francisco in 2012 that she really began following her curiosity and exploring her passions. After becoming a certified yoga teacher in early 2016, she was called to continue her education in the field of somatic yoga therapy and to share this work with those that need it most. She has found immense joy in combining her strategic skills from the business world with her passions for self-inquiry & activism to inspire change in her community.
Beth believes in a future where young people are empowered; where they have the tools to manage their emotions in a way that increases their personal power and improves their quality of life as they navigate the confusing paths of adolescence; and where girls have the support they need to transition into womanhood with grace and ease. It is this passionate belief that brought her to Dana and this incredible work.
Click to read more about our partners, the Junior League of San Francisco, the Global Fund for Women, and Yoga Tree SF