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Dani Cirignano

What brought you to yoga?
I took my first yoga class on a whim freshman year of college to fulfill a one unit course requirement. I'll never forget the first time I rolled up my mat after final resting pose: "Wow, what just happened?"

What inspired you to teach?
I was inspired to teach when I began studying with a teacher who did not shy away from the intense experiences of her life, but actually used them as tools for her own personal growth and teaching style. This made me see that things that I had previously considered a liability were actually the keys to my well-being and I wanted to share this ripple effect with other people.

What three things do you specialize in as a teacher?
1) as someone who injured myself practicing yoga it is important to me that people learn to advance their practice in a safe way
2) I think there is just as much merit within the subtle nuances of the body as the wild and crazy, more "advanced" poses
3) I teach to who is in front of me and I fit my teaching to suit my student's needs, not the other way around.

Describe the environment of your class:
There is a plan and structure, but I also give you plenty of space to be in your body. I will probably crack a joke or two. I'll ask you to pay attention but encourage a lightheartedness. You get an opportunity to practice in a judgment-free dogma free environment.

"While laying on my mat the morning after a long day and releasing deep tension, I nearly cried thinking about the upper back pain and headaches I've been suffering from for almost 10 years that I'm finally getting relief from after 6 months of yoga. I'm starting to shift my posture and my being with a little help from a lovely therapeutic yoga angel. Thanks for helping me and all of us who are lucky to step into your class."
-- Gratitude, Marianne E.


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