Movement has always been a very large part of Dani’s life. She started off as a dancer, studying ballet, jazz and modern for nearly 18 years. In her mid 20’s she had the amazing opportunity to dance with several National touring companies. Her dance career was unfortunately cut short due to a car accident, which resulted in a low back injury and severe sciatica pain. It was during this time Dani was introduced to yoga and her life began to drastically change from that point on. As she started on her own path of healing she fell in love with the art of yoga and became a devoted student. She began her journey to becoming a teacher in 2003. Dani now works as a yoga therapist in LA specializing in yoga for chronic pain in upper and lower back. Some of her credits include C-IYAT, ERYT-500, YogaWorks Certified, Urban Zen Therapist, Certified Yoga Tune Up Teacher, Energy Healer, BA in Dance and a CA Teaching Credential in Elementary Education. Dani currently teaches full time at the Valencia YogaWorks and has also led 200 and 300hr Teacher Trainings for YogaWorks locally and globally. She has a passion for teaching teachers and loves to be part of their journey towards their own self-discovery and life-changing transformations. During her yoga journey, she fulfilled a lifelong dream and opened Just Breathe Yoga Center. After 2 years of running the studio she was asked to join forces with YogaWorks and decided to close her studio for greater opportunities. Dani became Teacher Director and was responsible for hiring, training and mentoring the teachers for the Valencia YogaWorks and eventually the Tarzana location. Over the years she has taught beginner to advanced students in the YogaWorks method but has a strong passion for therapeutics and restorative yoga. Her therapeutic classes are the best attended and most sought after classes in the Santa Clarita Valley. The intention behind her teaching is to help people live better in their body. Her classes focus on developing mindfulness, relieving pain and the importance and significance of breath. Dani strongly believes that less is more and you can heal yourself with yoga if you listen to your body’s intelligence with an open mind and an open heart. Some of Dani’s greatest influences over the years have been Donna Farhi, Gary Craftsow, Jeanne Heileman, Max Strom, Daniel Stewart, Elise Miller, Carmen Fitzgibbon and Trina Altman. She is so grateful for the knowledge and inspiration she has received from these remarkable and gifted individuals. When Dani is not teaching or leading Teacher Trainings she’s spending her time with her husband and their 9-year-old son.
Mindful Flow, Therapeutics & Restorative
Music, Yoga, Nature, Art
After my first LA yoga class I walked down Ventura Blvd and couldn't wipe the smile off my face. Something in me changed that day and I experienced a deep sense of happiness and acceptance. It was that day that I felt this deep desire to give that gift to others. My hope was that I could teach people how to heal their body, connect to their breath, calm themselves down and assist in redirecting them back home to themself. Yoga has shifted my perception on so many levels and I wanted others to experience those shifts as well. After ten years of practicing yoga I decided to take my first teacher training in 2003 and that was the year my entire life took a turn for the best and I've been teaching ever since. My students inspire me everyday and I feel beyond blessed to share all this yoga goodness with them.