About

bodyMy yoga journey began over a decade and a half ago when the frazzling business of film-making sent me in search of calmer shores. Looking to unwind and recharge, I signed up for yoga classes. But it was slow going at first. As I struggled, fumbled and trembled my way through, I was preoccupied with the sheer physical execution of poses. Then, like so many beginners, I became obsessed with alignment, and the idea of doing yoga “right”.

But eventually, as my body learned the postures, and with the constant reminders from my teacher to breathe and note the sensations in my body, things began to change.I began for brief fleeting moments to inhabit a state of being I had almost forgotten, a state of calm relaxation and pure pleasure in being. I discovered the more I was able to move past the judging thoughts of my mind and enter the sensations of my body, the better I felt after my yoga practice.

I felt energized, clear minded and peaceful, as if I had tapped into some wellspring of vitalizing energy. Which of course –was exactly what I was doing.

Since then I’ve been hooked. Over the years I have studied a variety of yoga styles including Hatha, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Kundalini, and Yin Yoga, and become a certified yoga instructor. Today my conviction that yoga is a healing technology par excellence is leading me to pursue certification as a Yoga Therapist.

I think the most important thing I’ve learned – and am still learning, is that yoga is not about achieving perfect poses. It is about inhabiting the body as sacred space. In yoga the body is seen as an instrument of spiritual practice because as the great modern guru B.K.S. Iyengar put it “The needs of the body are the needs of the divine spirit which lives through the body.”

In yogic philosophy all matter contains a spark of divine light, and yoga is about fanning this spark into a flame. The ancient yogis knew spirit energy as the power of life itself and viewed yoga as a form of active communion with that power.

They believed yoga saturated the body with regenerating life force, activating our vastly under-utilized capacities for healing, longevity and psychic development. And its beginning to look like the ancient yogi’s were right. Today studies conducted by universities around the world demonstrate yoga’s powerful abilities to rejuvenate, heal and transform.

Now I am no expert. At all. And I freely acknowledge that we teach what we most need to learn. But I am also bound to the credo, as my teachers taught me, that one must teach what you know. So with this paradox in mind,  this blog attempts to share what my fifteen year relationship with yoga has taught – and is still teaching me. That said, it will also occasionally wander further afoot into metaphysical conjectures. I hope it serves to tell you who I am as a teacher and the philosophy behind the classes I offer.

So join me as I take a paradigm shifting voyage through the ancient traditions of enlightenment, to rediscover the “body divine” in the light of modern day science. Here I explore how research in fields as diverse as epigenetics and neuro-theology is revealing what the ancient yogi’s long knew, we have a “biology of transcendence”evolving within us.

20 thoughts on “About

    • Aww shucks…back at you. Great blog, great site, great articles, I look forward to reading more of you….ps I love the cards, was thinking of creating something similar for the longest time – now I don’t have to!

  1. I am part of a dialogue series on Yoga and the Psyche with leading thinkers in the field and was hoping to share this with your readers. Would this be a possibility?

  2. Hi Danielle,

    Great piece…thank you.

    I’m an editor at elephant journal and would love to republish on our site…can we discuss?

    Warmly,

    Bryonie

  3. I found another great guru right here!! Thank you for sharing your journey. And I’m grateful for Sara, Body Karma, for reblogging your Psoas post. Namaste! =)

  4. Hi Danielle, sorry couldn’t find a contact for you so I have put this message here. A friend put me on to your site, and wow I love what you are doing. I have a site called loveyogaanatomy and would love to repost some of your articles. I can put up a profile and link back to your site. Take a look and see if you would like to be a part of it. You will have my email as admin.
    All the best Stu

  5. Wonderful blog – just the right balance of beauty and critical thinking for my taste… I am also a film business refugee, maybe that’s why…
    Cheers! Kat

  6. I love the work you are doing – the spirit of it and your analysis. The point I want to make here is minor and isn’t about your main topic really. My request to you for a movie and future writing is to stop using the word yogini. In my humble opinion as someone of Indian ancestry who admittedly does not speak any Indian languages, this term is dis-respectful. Yogini, as I understand it, refers to a woman who has reached a stage of being a master practitioner and teacher. The operative word here is master. A yogini denotes a very high level of mastery. Just because a person teaches yoga or practices it, doesn’t mean they are a yogini. I’m not big on hierarchies at all. Yet, I really find myself frustrated by the way women who clearly aren’t very enlightened (in part, because they body into the body oppression you describe) going around calling themselves yogini. This is a bit of cultural appropriation by White women that is led by arrogance and ignorance. I’d be grateful if you played in role in stopping it. Thank you.

    • Thank-you. Your point is well-taken. The term ‘yogini’ is deserving of the greatest respect and I will be more careful how I use it in future.

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