Dana, E-RYT, YACEP, is an Authorized Level 2 Ashtanga Yoga Teacher who studies yearly with Sharath Jois at the KPJAYI in Mysore, India.
She is continuously fascinated with challenges and rewards the practice and study of yoga yields and was initially drawn to Hatha yoga in 2004 while living at home in Florida. Eventually life called her to New York City where she attended NYU and FIT. New York’s vast yoga scene opened new doors, and she cultivated a devoted Ashtanga Yoga practice.
In 2009, while on a break from pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Communications, she completed a Registered Yoga Teacher Training at Urban Ashtanga Yoga Shala in Orlando, Florida. Beginning in 2011, she has made annual month-long trips to Mysore, India, to study Ashtanga Yoga and Sanskrit at the KPJAYI and to further her connection to the roots of this practice. She is also a student of Yogic Philosophy, having studied the Yoga Sutras under Hema Venkatesh of Mysore, India.
Since 2013, she has taught daily Mysore Ashtanga classes at Land Yoga in Harlem. Dana is also a Classical Pilates instructor with training at New York City’s Power Pilates and Movement Salon, a contributing teacher for New York Yoga’s 200-Hour Teacher Training, and published poet featured in the Poetry of Yoga.
She has taught yoga and Pilates to a wide variety of the population, from athletes to senior citizens, professional dancers to people with injuries or illness, and truly believes that these disciplines are for everyone.