A Tale of a Teacher

by Danielle Brown

Once upon a time there was a girl who loved yoga, because of the way it made her feel and because of the feelings she felt less of after going to class. You see, she had spent years as a full throttle Mom and a professional Professional. When she declawed from diapers and caught the early train, an oasis of Elements Yoga & Wellness Center awaited with a warm studio, kind staff and a teacher or two who played really rockin' tunes. 

Yoga was a snippet of time allocated to herself and reclaiming that was like the relish on a hot summer day, a sensational delight and absolutely necessary. She actually found herself able to more of the stuff she really liked to do and weather more of the stuff she liked less to do just because of a robust dusting of some of the internal stuff. Pretty cool. And you would think that that is the happily-ever-after to this story but no, there is even more. 

The girl submitted her application to the teacher training program because she wanted more yoga please. She poured through texts, expounded on the connections and did her best with anatomy. The girl held a secret though, well it actually wasn't that secret, she was terrified of speaking publically and her heart billowed each time the teacher asked for a volunteer. It's a funny thing though, stepping up and battling her real fear, that of failure, did more than just alleviate with practice, it inspired her.

So I am still not a King's Speech orator but I can certainly say that I've come a long way at slowing down, tuning in and expressing myself heartfully, with confidence. And for that, I am awash with gratitude. 

The Teacher Training program at Elements Yoga and Wellness Center will challenge and reward you. If you're lucky, you'll meet a bunch of like-minded folks that may turn into dear friends. One thing I can assure you, your teacher, through this program, will amaze you and will pull from you your deepest desires. Are you ready? 

Teacher Training at Elements starts on March 7th

About Danielle Brown - the author of this tale:

After years of competitive swimming, Danielle walked into her first yoga class after college, while living in New York City. With the bustle of city life all around her, she marveled at the glimmer of a peaceful, inner sanctuary. Almost immediately she found that yoga complemented her stressful job in finance. The poses helped release tight neck muscles strained from years hunched over a screen and habitual poor posture. She hopped from studio to studio working on the seemingly simple yet very challenging balancing posture, standing on one foot. When mediation and visualization was incorporated, much like what was done during swim meets in her youth, she was illuminated. Danielle realized that she would have to stand still in order to stand on one foot. Yoga to Danielle became the glue that fit together and enhanced the other facets of her life. Operating from that place behind the "to do lists" and creating and living in balance continue to be her objective.  

Danielle joined the Elements community as a student in 2008 and she is deeply grateful to Elements for their wonderful offerings such as the Immersions and Teacher Trainings she underwent.  Danielle is thankful to every one of her loving, generous and talented Teachers and most importantly to the supreme, Bernadette Birney. Danielle is married to her high school sweetheart, Christian, and lives in Darien near her mom and a gaggle of great friends. When she is not at work or horsing around, Danielle is shooting hoops with her son, Walker, or blowing bubbles with her daughter, Gigi. Danielle is delighted to share this practice that she so loves and is happily looking forward to giving back to the Elements Community. Danielle hopes students will enjoy her musical flow combing the teachings of alignment with a focus on wholehearted expression.

Danielle teaches on Tuesdays from 6:15-7:15pm and on Wednesdays from 7:30-8:30pm.

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Holly Jespersen January 15, 2014 at 05:01 PM
Danielle is a fantastic instructor and member of our community. She is a gem!
Donna Kuebler January 17, 2014 at 10:37 AM
We totally agree Holly! Thanks for commenting. Danielle is outstanding in every way and her classes are the perfect way to end the day.


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