Raja Yoga with Danielle - Raja Yoga in Sanskrit is known as Royal Yoga because it is the classic yoga path to attaining the state of union with our true nature which is Light or Divine, through body-mind-spirit systematic approach. The class offers gentle opening movements to awaken and loosen tension and stress in the body, postures (Asanas), breathwork (Pranayama), and Meditation (Dhyana.) This is a great class for beginners and all levels as there are offerings to deepen into your own level of practice (Sadhana.) There will be a deep relaxation period at end of movement (Yoga Nidra) which allows the body, mind, and spirit to digest and integrate the yogic experience. Being a devoted practitioner of Yoga, Light, and the Healing Arts, Danielle may offer wisdom from the great Saints and Sages of all traditions and opportunities to chant Universal sacred sounds (mantras.)
Wednesdays 5:30 - 6:45p
*Starting in February
Danielle is a deeply devoted Bhakti yogi and Mystic who is in love with the Divine and the Divine’s expression through and as her very Self. Each moment is an opportunity to listen and Be in the Silence; that sweet place where Truth, Consciousness, Joy, Peace, and the Grace of God exist. She humbly bows to these moments as they offer great wisdom and medicine in supporting the awakening of our True Self. As Swami Vivekananda said, “Each soul is potentially Divine.” She walks and lives in the Light of this Truth. Her greatest calling and desire is to support others in remembering their true identity and to help end suffering in ourselves and in the world.
As a result of a motor vehicle accident in 1994, she became keenly aware of the importance of internal balance and harmony. It was through the healing arts of massage, and body-mind awareness practices such as yoga, tai chi, and qigong that began her life-long spiritual journey of waking up. In 1998, she received her license in Massage Therapy and continues to offer services at her private practice in downtown Asheville. In 2000, she was certified as a yoga instructor through Frog Pond Yoga in Massachusetts and Swami Vivekananda Yoga Ashram in Bangalore, India, as well as being graced to sit at the feet of her Guru, Dr. VS Rao for over 9 years before he took MahaSamadhi (left his body].
Danielle’s intention as a teacher is to support and allow what is showing up in our body, mind, and experience personally and collectively, and to honor the process of transformation as it occurs occur naturally rather than attempting to force a result. She has adopted her Guru’s teaching style - the ancient tradition of Raja yoga - simple yoga class structured with gentle opening movements, yogic breath and postures, and meditation fit for beginners and all levels. In addition, her classes are imbued with the Sacred through Pure Knowledge (wisdom and teachings of Saints and Sages of ALL traditions), prayers/chants to invoke Light and Love within.