Danielle first discovered yoga while she was living in Southern California pursuing her dance career. She was dancing at Disneyland and receiving more than enough cardiovascular exercise, when a girl in one of her shows invited her to a hot yoga class. Always eager to try something new, Danielle agreed and immediately fell in love with the way it made her feel. Having never been a big fan of the gym, she saw yoga as a workout that would tone her body while also enjoying the mind/body connection and benefits. She continued like this for a few years, practicing frequently and quickly noticed how addicted she had become to the how amazing she felt after each and every practice. She refers to it as her "yoga high", a blissful state she enters after having practiced.
Danielle’s focus soon began shifting away from her dance career and she began to play with the idea of becoming a yoga instructor and sharing this “yoga high” with others. The similarities in movement and flow between yoga and dance were what first turned her on to the idea. In 2013 Danielle embarked on a new adventure and moved to Sydney, Australia, where she lived for nearly two years studying photography and earning her 200-hour RYT in Power Vinyasa. After going through her training and now being an accredited yoga instructor, she realized being a yoga instructor was so much more than flow and graceful movement - that the physical aspects of yoga were just the tip of the iceberg.
Beyond the obvious fact on how physically challenging hot yoga is, it is just as good for your mind and your spirit. Danielle thrives on inspiring her students to live your yoga on and off the mat. She strives for authenticity while teaching, often sharing personal experiences to better relate and connect with the folks in her class as more than just students, but as fellow human beings – to improve not just physically, but mindfully. She likes to come from a place of having a “beginners mind”, not knowing more than her students, but rather being on the same journey of inquiry and figuring things out right along with every person on their mat. She invites her students to be on their personal journey of changing and growing, because the moment we are no longer evolving, we have become stagnant.
Danielle has been teaching around Louisville at various studios and gyms for a year now and is very excited to be a part of the Bend & Zen Hot Yoga team.