5Q Interview with Danielle Hicks @el.feather.yoga

1. Tell me about your personal journey with yoga. Why is it important to you?

Yoga has always been with me, even when I wasn’t aware. As a young girl, I was drawn to movement, gymnastics, using the body as a way to process and express my joy and emotions. Heading into my 20’s I felt something was missing, but I didn’t know where to look. After being sedentary for some years, I desired to get active again and I recalled people talking about this thing called “Yoga.” Upon my discovery, I knew this was what I had been searching for. I immediately was hooked as I kept practicing the handful of postures I knew at the time until I could learn more. It’s been almost 10 years now and I continue to find deeper aspects that draw me in. This is important to me because what began as a way to become healthy has transpired into finding my purpose and joy.

2. When did you first begin teaching yoga? What made you transition into a leadership position?

Naturally, I wanted to dig deeper and took my first yoga teacher training in 2014. As an extremely shy person, teaching was a hurdle for me to conquer. Thankfully the love I have for the practice won over and helped me to heal and appreciate my struggles for having led me here. I believe some of the hardest things we have to face will be the very things that connect us to inspire the greater whole. It’s not something I had planned, but rather I saw it as a beautiful synchronicity to set myself free and hopefully be an inspiration helping others in the process.

3. What makes your classes unique?

In my classes, I allow space for students to notice what they are feeling with the body/mind connection to the postures we practice. We practice utilizing Yogic breath to lead us into the true alignment of the moment along with all the body awareness we can conjure up for safe harmonious practice. The styles I derive from include a fusion of Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Tantra, and inspiration from my personal discoveries.

4. How does music benefit your guidance in a yoga class?

I absolutely love music! It’s a powerful tool when used mindfully in a yoga class. It can help assist the experience in being more aware and riding on the notes of the music. That said, I don’t use a lot of music as I want them to hear the rhythm of their breath. Music serves as a great tool for keeping the energy flowing for a Friday fun flow!

5. Tell me about your next event and where we can follow you online.

To schedule or learn more about me: elfeatheryoga.com

I’m available for privates, small groups, events, workshops, and corporate wellness.

Also offering private 1-1 sessions from home, via Skype, Zoom, or Google Hangouts!

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