From a young age it was clear to Danielle that “wellbeing” was a multifaceted quality, and the clear goal was ‘how’ to achieve optimum health and happiness. It seemed naturally sequential that health and happiness could be the most valuable quality that she could share with others.
Danielle began building the required skills as soon as her schooling was finished. Danielle began as a Personal Trainer in 2007, added Remedial Massage in 2008, dabbled in Reiki (Level 2), and studied subjects of psychology, anthropology, and food science at The University of Adelaide.
During this study period Danielle enjoyed a regular practice in Bikram yoga. The movement, sweat, and focus was all very alluring, but lacked a depth of knowledge in the ancient wisdom of the practice. A defining moment came in 2010, when she began studying Ashtanga Yoga with Youngblood Roche in Adelaide. It was here that Danielle found a method of ‘wellbeing practice’ worthy of a life long pursuit. Danielle did her first Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) in Salento, Italy in 2011. This 200 hour course was conducted by western industry standards but left Danielle with the feeling that she had merely glimpsed a shadow of what is true yoga practice. Danielle traveled to India to come another 200 hour YTT soon after. It was scientific, and detailed with valuable teaching by an experienced teacher – still however, Danielle did not find the true essence of the practice, that she was longing to learn.
Danielle traveled to Mysore, India and practiced at the K Pattabhi Jois Ashtange Yoga Institue (KPJAYI) under the guidance of Sharath Jois, the lineage holder of Ashtanga. It was here at KPJAYI, that Danielle caught a glimpse of the secrets of life force buried deep within the nervous system. Intricately weaved through the ‘eight-limbed’ practice, that requires ‘asana’ practice six days per week, Danielle began to practice dedication, truthfulness, self-knowledge, non-harm, and purity. So far, Danielle has partaken in nine months of training with Sharath (over three years), who she now considers to be her ultimate yoga teacher. Despite the time already committed, Danielle considers this to be only the very beginning steps of a lifelong practice.
Danielle founded Ahimsa Health in Adelaide, where yoga classes are regularly conducted in Mile End. Currently, these classes are for a small, but focused and committed group of adults. .
In 2015 the Yoga Intelligence Program for Early Education, or “YIPEE”, was born. In the face of an increasingly complex world, in both a social and environmental sense, Danielle drew on her knowledge of yoga philosophy, environmental science, and social engineering, to develop a program for our next generation. YIPEE focuses on well-being and sustainability, to help equip children with skills that they will need for the world they will inherit. Danielle now runs this program in locations all over Adelaide, and soon intends to be delivering YIPEE workshops internationally.
In her spare time, Danielle enjoys taking her two Weimaraners for beach walks, and growing her own fresh herbs and vegetables. On Tuesdays, she makes her much loved masala chai to share with her yoga class using the recipe that she learned while in India.
- Certificate 3
- Certificate 4
- Master Trainer
- Older Adults and Children
- Sports Specific
- Plyometric Training
- Advanced Fit Ball Training
- Level 1 Sports Trainer
- Certificate 4
- Diploma in Remedial Massage
- Hot Stone Massage
- Level I, II, III in Reiki
- Thai Massage
- 200 hours RYTT in Italy (Ashtanga based)
- 200 hours RYTT in India (Hatha based)
- Ongoing training at KPYAYI in Mysore India
- Daily practice while home in Adelaide.
- RYTT = Registered Yoga Teacher Training (Registered with ‘ International Yoga Alliance’)