EXPLORE: local + international yoga retreats
RECHARGE: therapeutic + Thai massage in Newton, Brookline + Boston
I teach from a place of curiosity rather than a place of mastery. Every week, every class, there’s some new connection, some new action or theme to consider, a familiar pose to look at in a new way. I teach yoga because I am fascinated by it. As a student of yoga, my practice and my teaching are constantly evolving. My asana practice (the physical practice of yoga) didn’t come easily to me. After many years of on again off again practice I found my teachers who made me feel seen and allowed me to start to see myself, understand my habits and really resonate with what the practice of yoga is all about.
I have practiced vinyasa yoga off and on for half my life and taught full time for over five years. Over the past few years, I have been more inspired by the structure and subtlety of Iyengar yoga. In my classes, I blend the rigor of vinyasa with the nuance of Iyengar. You will move, dig deep, think, use props and probably do some work at the wall. I believe in asana and alignment as a form of meditation, to wake up parts of your physical body that may have been asleep for years. It is a way of putting your mind in the present and show up to exactly where you are. It’s a big ask, but always worth it. Students wishing to be seen and challenged in their practice will resonate with my classes.
I am in deep gratitude to the teachers and voices who have transformed and inspired my practice in ways great and small – Ame Wren, Kevin Courtney, Claire Carroll, Nadje Rafae, Irum Naqvi and many others. I will always be a student first, teacher second.
After years of teaching yoga, I turned to massage to deepen my understanding of the human body and expand the way I’m able to connect with and heal my clients. I studied therapeutic massage at the Massage School in Boston and spent a month learning Thai Massage at The Old Medicine Hospital in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Whether on the massage table or the Thai massage mat, I strive to offer work is deep, fluid and purposeful, targeting areas of tension in the body to create a greater sense of freedom and ease.
Yoga is a mirror; it reveals our patterns. Our lives show up in our bodies and how we hold ourselves. Working one-on-one with an experienced teacher is a way of looking in the mirror with clear eyes and compassion. When we unravel and address patterns in the physical body we can begin to shift how we hold ourselves on our mats and in the world.
Because of my love of specificity and nuance, I have found that my teaching works really well in a one-on-one platform. New and experienced practitioners can benefit from individual sessions, to create an individual practice that is safe and sustainable. Whether you’re looking to make a weekly commitment to deepening your practice with private sessions or are looking for an occasional session to work on specific aspects of your practice, private sessions are the perfect way to dig deep and enhance your practice, posture and self.
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Danielle is an amazing yoga teacher. I began working with her to learn about yoga and to improve my strength and flexibility. In both private sessions as well as her classes, she challenges me to explore my limits, helps me to maintain balance and perspective, and most importantly, she inspires me. I think Danielle’s unique ability to connect with each practitioner and guide their specific journey, sets her apart.
Danielle is awesome to work with! Doing yoga with Danielle has made me much more flexible and mobile, and helped keep me out of pain. The session are always fun, and I look forward to them, instead of dreading them, which I used to with typical yoga classes.
Join me for an unforgettable week in Luang Prabang, Laos. This magical city is a UNESCO world heritage site – beautiful French Colonial architecture and influences, at the delta of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, with majestic mountains in the backdrop. It is unlike anywhere you have ever been. We will start every morning with a yoga practice and breakfast on the platform overlooking the Nam Khan river. Each day we will explore the area and different aspects of Laotian culture through excursions and activities including cooking and crafts classes, river cruises, elephant visits and more! In the evenings we’ll have a slower paced yoga practice that weaves in some yin, restorative and myofascial release. We will sample some of the incredible restaurants of Luang Prabang and explore the nightly walking street, outdoor market. This will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore one of the hidden gems of Southeast Asia!
For more information and to register visit Laos Retreat 2020.
After years of teaching yoga, I turned to massage to deepen my understanding of the human body and expand the way I’m able to connect with and heal my clients. I studied therapeutic massage at the Massage School in Boston and spent a month learning Thai Massage at The Old Medicine Hospital in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Whether on the massage table or the Thai massage mat, I strive to offer work that is deep, fluid and purposeful, targeting areas of tension in the body to create a greater sense of freedom and ease. I see clients at Down Under in Newton and Brookline as well as in my home in Dorchester (friends, family and referrals only).
DOWN UNDER YOGA IN NEWTON
Tuesdays 2:00 – 6:15pm
Thursdays 2:00 – 5:30pm
Fridays 9:30am – 12:00pm
Saturdays 1:30 – 2:45pm, 4:30 – 5:30pm
DOWN UNDER YOGA IN BROOKLINE
Wednesdays 12:15 – 3:30pm
60 minute – $100/$125 Thai ($85/100 First Time)
75 minute – $125
90 minute – $150/$185 Thai
For more information or to book a session at Down Under, visit their Massage & Bodywork Page.
I turned to Danielle twelve weeks into a marathon training program, when a series of injuries jeopardized my ability to complete the program. Danielle saved me! Her deep tissue work got me to both the starting line and finish line, with all of my injuries resolved. She is a careful and skillful therapist, and a delightful person, as well.
– Jonathan Y.