As part of our ongoing Yoga Teacher Feature, we are excited to introduce you to Danielle Ribaudo.
What is your yoga training background and what kind of yoga do you teach?
I’m a 200hr YTT with over 12 years of teaching experience and I teach Vinyasa, SLOFlow, Meditation, and Breath-work classes.
What drew you to teach yoga?
I began practicing yoga in high school and instantly fell in love. I knew then that I would one day want to teach. However, it was something I set aside and it became an on-again, off-again relationship until I was 27 years old. After all of that time, when I finally took my teacher training, I didn’t know what would happen. My main goal was to deepen my personal practice, dive-in, and learn as much as possible. After training, I surprisingly began teaching immediately and haven’t looked back since!
What’s the greatest lessons yoga has taught you?
Yoga supported me through the loss of my mother. It allowed me to sit with the discomfort of my grief and be ok with where I was, what I was going through. There was no rushing or forcing of any kind. My mat became my sanctuary and still is. Whether spending an hour in Child’s Pose or moving through a flow, I learned that as long as you keep showing up for yourself, I you supported.
What’s your favorite asana, and why?
This is ever-changing, as the practice is! Currently, my favorite pose is Crooked Monkey. I love how you can direct the shape to be more of a heart-opener or a hip opener, depending on what you need. There is this great expansiveness, yet a deep surrender that this pose offers, and when you can fully settle and drop-in, it becomes such a nourishing place to be.
Follow Danielle’s beautiful Instagram page at: @danielleribaudo
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