Multiple disciplines are key to developing mindful strength.
Mover, educator, creator
My yoga practice and love of movement began when I was very young. I grew up in one of Toronto’s first yoga studios, tagging along with my mom as she taught some of the first ashtanga classes in the city.
Years of practicing and teaching yoga led me to debilitating repetitive strain injuries. At the age of 22 I realized my practice needed more balance, and although I could stand on my hands and flip into advanced yoga poses, my functional strength was at an all-time low.
In 2010 I began to look outside of the yoga community for information on how I could recover from my own injuries and teach more effectively. In 2011, I met movement teacher Ido Portal, which sparked a new love of movement. Scaling back on my yoga practice, I began practicing different types of strength, including gymnastics and body weight movement. In 2014 I became a serious powerlifter, winning the 2015 Ontario Provincials with only a year of training. I also studied functional movement in order to identify where my body was weak, and how these
weaknesses were contributing to pain and injury. My practice evolved to include mindfulness, body weight training, resistance strength, active stretching and more. Over the years, I have completed many different certifications. One of my favourites is the Poliquin PICP Level 2 certificate, which focuses on structural balance through weight training. I also hold a certificate in holistic nutrition from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition (Toronto).
In the fall of 2015, I moved to Cornwall, Ontario, where I opened my first studio, Cornwall Yoga Studio. In 2016 I began studying Somatic Experiencing, which has inspired me to see the body in a new light. My practice is called Mindful Strength, and it combines mindful attention with strength, mobility and functional movement. My teaching aims to empower students to feel confident in their bodies regardless of age, size or skill level.
I continue to run a small studio in Cornwall Ontario, and I teach workshops and seminars all over the country. I run my own teacher training program, and I teach on the faculty of four other Canadian programs. I run a few online courses, and am currently writing a book on Mindful Strength. For more information on my teaching and hosting my Mindful Strength seminar click here. (link to events)
“…and now my world of movement and fitness is so much wider than it was a year ago and I’m excited to continue learning and helping others on this path.”
-Danielle from Toronto
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