Meet Danielle (Dani) Robinson! Dani is a traveling spirit inside a homebody who's had the privilege of teaching Yoga for 9 years. Her journey of learning and teaching has taken her from Italy to New York City to Chicago and to LA. She blends her nerdy love of psychology, comedy, athletics, and a hunger for life into feel-good practices. She love Hatha and Vinyasa deeply, but feels truly alive when sharing Restorative and Yin. She is fortunate to have 3 great studio homes around LA, to contribute to teacher trainings on both the east and west sides, to collaborate with a massage therapist in her restore class once a month, and to lead yoga hikes around our beautiful city of LA. She is also a momma to a 17 month old son named Bodhi (or Shbodes, as he's better known) and that journey has enriched every aspect of her life, inside and out. Yoga has helped her mitigate depression, transcend her personal obstacles, and more gracefully navigate the wild waters of life. "I feel radiantly alive, I love what I do and I am excited for the unknown to keep surprising me as life unfolds."
What rocks your bliss?
Helping others feel more at home inside their skin and find more strength, resilience, and compassion within themselves to live a life of their choosing. Also, cookies.
Describe your perfect day.
Breakfast with my nugget, walk my dog, teach a class and a client, lunch with a friend, afternoon play and dinner with family/friends, go to a film or see some comedy, enjoy my tasty dish of a husband before a solid 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep (can you tell I'm a mother to a toddler?).
When do you feel most creative and alive?
Right after I teach Yoga
Share a huge goal you are rocking.
Santosha/contentment. It may not be particularly glamorous, but I am a recovering forward thinker, one who's struggled with pervasive discontent and insatiability. Transitioning to motherhood was like being shot out of a cannon to another planet, so to feel truly at home where I am in my life, and in balance with my work and home life makes me feel exceedingly content and grateful. I am teaching exactly the amount of classes and clients I wanted to be 6 months ago when I moved back to LA, but more than that, I love all the unimpressive mundane shit I do every single day to keep me and Bodhi healthy and happy. I feel abundant AF, just as I am.
If you could get on a plane right now, where are you going?
How do you handle setbacks?
Better than I used to. I practice and tune into the storm of thoughts and swirl of emotions. I work to reflect on my own contribution and see what I can learn. I practice acceptance and trust that the setback was exactly what I needed for my life to unfold as it should. And then I eat some delicious with someone in my life who makes me laugh my ass off and gives me perspective. Tribe is key.
How do you come home to yourself?
Breathing. Feeling the aliveness within my body. Tracking sensation, feeling my heartbeat. During the birth of my son my mantra was trust, to trust myself and the moment as it arrives. There's a space inside us all that knows we are deeper than our thoughts, more than the hats we wear, and beyond enough just as we are in our bare bones. I'm just starting to truly believe that deep in my gut and heart, and when life feels overwhelming and chaotic, I connect to that space and that truth. Also, my grandma's cooking ;) food grounds and uplifts me
What are 3 ways you rock the self LOVE?
I accept that I am a complex work in progress. I put mostly healthy foods in my body but also welcome indulgences and pleasure. I laugh at my weird mind and only believe the thoughts that serve me and I move right past the rest. I forgive my moments of impatience and ineptitude better than I used to. I remember that my heart is good, that my intentions are solid, that my relationships are phenomenal, and that I am one fortunate badbitch.
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