Danielle believes in yoga as a centering, healing practice that not only strengthens and relaxes the body, but also calms and sharpens the mind towards one’s true nature. The tools of yoga are many and transitions in life are constant. Every time we roll out our mats, we reconnect to the greatest gift of all… the present moment.
A practitioner for 20 years, and a certified instructor since 2014, Danielle is heavily inspired by the Iyengar method of yoga practice and teaching. This means a focus on alignment and deep introspection throughout practice. She received her 200hr certification after studying with Meghan Maris and Scott Lennartz at Portland’s, Yoga Bhoga studio in 2014, and has incorporated yoga instruction into her dance classes since 2007. Danielle also has a BFA in mixed-media and performance art, and continues to connect the study yoga with of multiple elements of dance, somatics, and zen meditation.
Danielle currently teaches Hatha, HathaFlow, and Vinyasa yoga. She incorporates yogic philosophy, pranayama (breath-work), and asana (postures) in each of her classes. Students will experience many notes on mindfulness, intentional physical alignment, and helpful energy engagement throughout class. Hatha has more traditional yoga postures, timing, and techniques while Vinyasa moves more swiftly between the postures timed with breath, and focuses on transitions with a “flowing” feel. HathaFlow is a combination of the two!
In a culture that values “fast”, Danielle’s classes encourage us to slow down and give ourselves the time to really observe our present state, thereby allowing for a healthy and student-centered practice. Its worth mentioning that slowing down does not necessarily mean easy, in fact holding asanas for longer lengths of time and learning to control the chatter of our minds is quite hard for most people! Danielle believes yoga is for EVERYBODY and also loves teaching classes with props such as chair yoga, and introducing youth to the many benefits of body-awareness. She values seeing each student wherever they are at on their path and offers a balance of stillness and flow with many tools for success at any level.
I teach yoga to facilitate a time, space, and physical practice where people of all walks of life can come to know themselves on deeper levels.
I teach yoga to encourage fullness of breath and gratitude for life.
I teach yoga to connect with others on the path of discovery and conscious living.
My journey with yoga began over 15 years ago. Having been a dancer since age 7, I developed an early familiarity with “stretching” and body awareness. However, during my first ever yoga class, in small room at a local fitness center in Upstate NY, I witnessed the deeper connection of mind/body/spirit and true transformation that yoga offers. My commitment to this transformation that comes from “yoga awareness” grew with me as I continued my studies in both dance and yoga throughout high-school and college. I noticed yoga helped with not only posture and strength for a healthy body, but also inspired a positive mental awareness and connection with soulful purpose that overflowed into many aspects of my life and knew this would be a life-long devotion. It is very important to me to teach from a present-moment mindset *without* disregarding the Indian culture where yoga was born, and being sure to offer respect due to the master-teachers of Yoga throughout time. In teaching, I hope to spark this full-body, more global, awareness with others on their unique paths… and to honor each student exactly where they are on the journey.
here is some more basic information about the various styles of yoga for beginners