Daniella fell in love with yoga over a decade ago, when after a third knee surgery she was forced to give up competitive soccer and running. Initially attracted to fast-paced vinyasa classes that mirrored the endorphin rush of marathons, Daniella soon found that yoga could balance out the intensity of the rest of her life. Her yoga practice became a daily ritual of peace that has buoyed her through a PhD, two pregnancies, and the joys and chaos of life with a preschooler and toddler.
Emerging from a long history of athletics and injury, Daniella found herself pulled deeply into the study of anatomy, biomechanics, and movement. She completed her 200-hour teacher training at Pure Yoga in NYC due to the program’s emphasis on Iyengar-based alignment within the flow of a vinyasa practice, and then went on to take Jill Miller’s Roll Model training on yoga ball therapy as well as Mary Barnes’ Yoga for Two prenatal yoga training. More recent influences on her teaching come from the biomechanical work of Katy Bowman and Jules Mitchell.
Following her focus on anatomy, alignment, and modifications for all body types, Daniella soon specialized in teaching chair yoga to seniors, people of limited mobility, and office workers. She continues to teach advanced vinyasa flow classes, yoga fundamentals classes, slow flows for those looking to work on alignment or simply slow down in our fast-paced world, yoga for Cross Fitters (designed to complement their WODs), prenatal and postnatal yoga, as well as yoga for children. In her continued study, practice, and teaching of yoga, Daniella seeks to make yoga therapeutic for all bodies; to foster peace and relaxation by linking breath, body, and mind; and to rekindle the pure joy of movement.