Danae Moore, E-RYT 200, RPYT
I came to yoga as a dancer looking for another fun and expressive physical practice. I stuck with it, and now teach, because of the profound impact it has had on my life.
I began practicing yoga because I love to move in challenging and expressive ways. I studied dance for most of my life but when I moved to the suburbs after college I couldn't find any good adult dance classes nearby. Yoga seemed like the next best thing.
Over time, I started to recognize some unexpected (and thoroughly welcomed) side effects of the yoga classes. I noticed I had more patience with my family and with myself, I started using my breath to control my anxiety, and I experienced a blossoming of feelings of joy and peace. These profound effects and the wonderfully kind, creative teachers who made me feel welcomed and challenged in their classes are the reasons I decided to become a yoga teacher.
At the end of 2017, I became pregnant with my first child. Even with the ups and downs that pregnancy can bring, it was a magical experience that was enhanced greatly by yoga. I immediately joined a prenatal & postnatal yoga teacher training and started learning about how yoga could support my pregnancy, birth, and postnatal health, as well as how I could support other moms on the same journey.
I currently live in Seattle, WA where I work as a yoga teacher. I like to combine many styles of yoga in my classes, stitching together my favorite aspects of each with an emphasis on the breath, mindfulness, alignment-based work, and exhilarating flows.
If you'd like to read more about my journey into teaching yoga, check out this blog post: Reflections of a New Yoga Teacher.
My Teaching Philosophy
At the core of my teaching is one simple idea: yoga is about you. Every person who comes to a yoga mat creates their own definition of yoga, which changes and deepens as they practice. My hope is that every student I teach is empowered to develop a practice that is truly their own.
Yoga is a practice of self awareness. When we think of yoga, most of us think of the physical poses we see in movies and magazines. But that's not what a true yoga practice is about. Instead, it is a practice of learning about your body, your breath, your mind, your reactions to your environment, and how they are all connected. My goal as a yoga teacher is to help my students gain this awareness and empower them to act on it. My classes give students simple tools they can use outside of the yoga studio to continue learning about and balancing their minds and bodies.
My other goal is to show my students that yoga is meaningful... but not so serious. It's an incredibly beneficial practice that can help heal the body and restore peace to the mind — but it doesn't need to be taken too seriously. In fact, when you do take it too seriously, you usually hurt yourself or feel inadequate. There are alignment principles that we emphasize in yoga to avoid injury but at the end of the day it's all about you and your body. Each movement and pose should center on how you feel doing the action and how your body likes to move. Remember, yoga is a practice of self awareness, not creating so-called “perfect” or “correct” shapes with your body. Which means there are no physical requirements to do yoga — yoga is truly for every body. One of the most basic principles of yoga is to “start where you are” everyday and in every class. This is how I try to live my life and lead my classes.