- Pairing what she was learning in class with her pole fitness routines she realised some improvements. Further to this, Danielle was starting to understand that there was more to Yoga than the stretches and posing. She revealed that during her classes she was able to meet a lot of beautiful people who supported each other along the journey. For inspiration she started following the Yoga personalities on Instagram and applying what she had seen to help her along.
Things were beginning to get serious and Danielle took things a step further. She started to teach. Asked by a friend if she would show him the ropes she willingly complied and to her surprise, thoroughly enjoyed it. The more friends lined up to be trained, the more she enjoyed doing it. Her passion deepened so much for the craft that she wanted to share the benefits and to educate not only her friends, but anyone who was interested, about the life-changing, positive impact of yoga . She discovered that Yoga allowed you to focus your mind and engage in introspective analysis. It was about resting, restoring and strengthening your body and mind.
Philosophy, religion and exercise are intrinsic to yoga. This ancient Indian practice dating back some 5,000 years has been surging in popularity around the world. It is a multidimensional practice which in its purest form aligns with spirituality and living a balanced life. In conveying its spiritual message teachers of Yoga, men who are referred to as Yogi and women Yogini, traditionally ask their students to visualise a tree with deep roots, a trunk and branches bearing fruit. Each branch represents an aspect of Yoga that is essential to the health of the tree. The branches are Hatha, Raja, Karma, Bhakti, Jnana and Tantra. We are not going to define each branch but the one we will focus on is Hatha Yoga. This is the branch which hones in on the physical and mental. It is designed to develop the mind and body. The new millennium has ushered in a health theme, a healthier way to eat, sleep, work and exist. Therefore, this area of Yoga is the branch that has blossomed worldwide, with it being incorporated into exercise routines and promoted in gyms.
Danielle continues to promote that yoga is for anyone at any stage. She was quoted as saying, “Yoga is also about therapy and finding calm in turmoil, but it’s not going to happen in one session. People use yoga to relieve stress, anxiety, lower blood pressure and to learn how to breathe properly. It’s about mobility, flexibility and strength. The way I teach I call it vinyasa yoga. I start with a centering, people just sit, or stand, or lie on their backs, whichever position they prefer to start to connect with their breath; clear their minds and forget about everything else that is happening.” As she teaches, she seeks to help her students to nurture their bodies and minds. Some see yoga as this serious practice and granted it is, but it is also a source of joy. So her aim when you come to your mat is to be more open to learning about self, accepting challenges and to having fun while practicing. Her 5000 plus followers on Instagram get a daily glimpse into her life as she regularly posts like those who initially inspired her. Her fun loving personality shines through as she gives motivational tips and demonstrates some of her poses and stretches. A true ambassador of the centuries old practice.
- Danielle is an avid dog lover
- She is a past student of the St. Michael School
- She loves the beach
- She does Pole Fitness
- Her favorite quote is “you only live once but if you do it right, once is good enough”.