As a new male student, a little out of shape and having past injuries and weak areas I was a little leary, wondering what the experience would be like. However, I was greeted by Daniella with warmth and made to feel very welcome. I was quite surprised at the almost instant physical results. I think more pleasantly surprised with the mental and spiritual aspects that Daniella brought to the class. Even though I could not do all the poses, Daniella helped me by giving me alternatives and encouragement. The results were almost instantaneous. For years, I have experienced pain in my lower back. The morning after doing yoga with Daniella I could feel a greater range of motion and noticed my lower back released and the pain disappeared. Through this, I have a new appreciation for the physical aspect of Yoga.
I think what stuck out most for me was Daniella’s personal contribution. One instantly obvious to me, was her voice. It’s very peaceful and comforting to hear. The tone and rhythm of her teaching direction were peaceful and encouraging.
Another aspect that Daniella brought to my first yoga experience was that she emphasizes being spiritually in tune with your body: To breathe with your heart, chest and then throughout your whole body. To be in the moment and present with what you are doing and feeling. Then she took it a step further and included a way to deal with the feelings related to what you have going on in your life. Instead of asking you to discard them or not to think about them, she actually encouraged you to except those things into your heart and make peace with them. Building a kind of spiritual strength to use and grow. This was a new approach for me and one I thought was really great. Overall, it was a great experience and I look forward to going back again and again. I would highly recommend Yoga and Daniella to everyone. Take her class and I believe it would truly be a beneficial experience.
Thank you Daniella!