Renee has worked with Warriors At Ease since 2010 in several capacities such as supporting the development of the Military Sexual Trauma module of the Level 1 Training on Yoga International and serving as a Faculty Member of in-person Level 1 Training with Warriors at Ease co-founder Robin Carnes.
Renee Champagne-Davis is an Air Force Veteran, Military Spouse, Mother of three. Renee is a proven provider of counseling, coaching, education, and training for families and children, and has successfully partnered and worked with the community and National Organizations including; The National Military Family Association, Wounded Warrior Project, The Military Child Education Coalition, Yellow Ribbon Program, Sierra Club, Warriors at Ease, No Barriers, TAPS and continues to work with new organizations she partners with.
Her work with these non-profits involved delivering programs meant to improve client health and quality of life. Renee holds a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health from William and Mary, is a 500-hour E-RYT, iRest© level 2 practitioner, and Yoga Therapist, She has taught yoga to Military Personnel and their families since 2007. Renee has been highlighted in several publications, film interviews and filmed with the Champ Navy at Walter Reed. She is the Founder and Owner of Sustaining Youth and Families.
Renee was a student of each modality before becoming trained and is an athlete that has completed more than 50 marathons, two 50 milers, triathlons and is an avid outdoor adventurer. She understands the impact of how Yoga, iRest, the outdoors and eating healthy can help foster change, resilience, and growth with each family, child, and individuals through her own personal story. She wants to inspire, educate, and support those seeking a way to find balance and optimal wellness.
What motivated you to become a yoga teacher?
“In 2007 I wanted to bring yoga to Germany on the bases to help offer alternative ways for service members and their families to cope with the deployments, transitions and to help them be more resilient.”
What motivated you to become a Warriors at Ease Level 1 Trained Teacher or WAET?
“WAE was the only one offering military-focused yoga training in early 2000 and I called Robin Carnes for help while I was in Germany to get help with my own PTSD symptoms.”
Why do you feel it’s important to bring yoga to the military community?
“So we can begin to restore, learn to become aware of what we are feeling so we can be more proactive and not as reactive.”
What’s your favorite yoga pose and why?
“Warrior pose because it fosters strength and we are simply taking the stance of Virabhadra a fierce warrior who was at the command of Shiva. Vira means hero and Bhadra means friend.”