We had the good fortune of connecting with Briana McHugh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Briana, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
The decision to start my own business was born from a desire to serve the population I was already working with in a more holistic manner. For the past decade I have provided services for people of all ages who are on the Autism Spectrum, as well as people who have Down syndrome and other varying exceptionalities. The majority of my career has been spent in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis. While working as a Behavioral Therapist, I started to practice Yoga and meditation in my personal time. I was astounded by how much these new found tools helped me in all facets of my life. I decided to pursue my Yoga Teacher Training Certification during my time as a Behavioral Therapist and Social Skills Coach. My jobs required me to stay extremely calm and centered in order for me to best serve my students and their families. Yoga became an integral part of how I showed up for the people I cared for. I started to apply all that I was learning about Yoga, breathe, and mindfulness to my work with the children and young adults I served. I starting teaching weekly Yoga classes to my college aged students, and would incorporate Yoga into my ABA sessions. My jobs at the time gave me the creative freedom to implement different approaches to support, which I am eternally grateful for. After witnessing the profoundly positive impact that Yoga and other holistic health modalities had on my students, I felt inspired to create a space that would allow me to offer more. All of my professional and personal experiences led me to start this business, which is ever evolving. We offer a wide variety of Yoga classes both private and group, as well as Pranic Healing, and customized ASD support. This Fall we will be launching an online course for young women so stay tuned!
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Her Haven Holistic offers Yoga, Pranic Healing, and ASD support. We create intentional spaces for healing that are accessible to all. We are in the process of launching online courses as well as planning community events.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend was visiting me in Orange County I would be sure to take them to support all my favorite local businesses. We would go to The Fuel Shack in San Clemente for a wonderful breakfast, and lattes served with their famous house made lavender syrup. We would then go to Lost Winds Beach followed by a trip to Hobie Surf Shop. We would definitely visit Laguna Beach, where we would stop by La Sirena Grill, The Ranch, Chakra Shack, and Table Rock beach. I would also plan dinners at Nicks, Coastal Kitchen, Seabirds Kitchen, and The Den. We would get donuts at GoodTown Donuts and stock up on groceries for the week at Mothers Market. Last but not least I would take them to Purre Boutique at The Camp.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I am extremely grateful for my mom who is also my best friend. She encouraged me to volunteer in my high school’s Autism classroom 15 years ago. It was there that I discovered my life’s work. I would not be where I am today without the love and support of my parents, brother, and husband. I also want to thank my mentor and teacher Michelle Lee for changing my life, sharing her wisdom and gifts with the world, and providing unwavering support. Last but certainly not least, I would like to thank all of my former and current students as well as their families. Words could never even begin to describe how much love, joy, and enrichment they have brought into my life.