Dana discovered yoga through a voice teacher who incorporated yoga asana into the art of singing when she was only fifteen years old. Having already suffered from a number of eating disorders and severe anxiety and depression, yoga and singing together created a safe space where being in her body didn’t seem so bad. Having spent her childhood travelling between Israel and Texas, “home” was a loosely defined word. Yoga became a major building block in the long process of making her body into her home.
Dana considers travel a necessary tool for opening her mind and heart. The process of purposely placing oneself in a strange environment surrounded by different sounds, cultures, languages and foods creates more flexibility in the mind than any yoga asana ever could. Through experiencing others in their environments, we learn to better understand ourselves. Travel can truly be a journey to the self through others, a beautifully human way to connect.
Over the years Dana has explored many different yoga styles and considers herself a yoga “mutt”, taking aspects of different lineages and applying them into unique therapeutic sequences. Her teachings encourage students to notice and sit with where they are physically and emotionally. You can expect a challenging but accessible asana practice with lots of focus on breath and the meditative qualities of yoga. Her attitude towards yoga and life is light-hearted and approachable. Humor plays a big role in her teaching style.
When she isn’t teaching yoga, you can find Dana spending time with her beloved beast, hanging out at the movies (her other first love), or planning her next trip!