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Featured Teacher - Dana Smith

Posted on 4/30/2019 by Yoga Download

Dearest YogaDownload Students: It is both an honor and pleasure to share this art of yoga with you. This practice has positively transformed my life and it is a joy to share what I have learned over the past two decades with you. My students have always been my greatest teachers and I receive all of the loving feedback – appreciations and learning points – with a wide-open heart. My offering to you mirrors my healing work. I encourage you to approach your practice with the mind of a beginner. Be willing to be uncomfortable, be open to exploring your edge and embrace that each and every day offers something new and wonderful to explore.

In your words, what is yoga?

For me, yoga is a trip back home to source.  It reminds me that I have the ability to shift in any given moment.  It reminds me that everything in life is either meant to teach me how to grow, or remind me to keep moving forward.

What teachers have impacted you the most?

My journey to yoga began with VHS tapes (yes, VHS) featuring Rodney Yee.  I was pregnant at the time and unable to do a lot of the physical practice.  His voice and energy reached out through the T.V. and encouraged me to just do the best I could and to just breathe.
Shiva Rea was also very integral to my yoga practice.  I had the pleasure of studying with her in person several times and what really sat in my spirit is how loving, nurturing and open she was in sharing the art of yoga.  My studies with Shiva taught me how to take yoga out of the box and into my soul space.

How do you bring yoga in your day to day life? 

Yoga has taught me to be more mindful of my thoughts, feelings and actions.  I bring the practice into my everyday life by leaning into the discomfort, challenging myself to explore my edge and remaining fully present in the now moment.

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