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Danielle originally came to yoga seeking a way to reduce chronic sciatic pain. When she realized all that yoga had to offer, she realized there was no turning back and began to explore a new life path.

Danielle has had the opportunity to study with many amazing teachers along her yogic path. She studied Integrative Yoga Therapy at The Kripalu Institute with Joseph Le Page, Lilian Le Page, Maria Mendola and Cathy Prescott to earn certification as a Professional Yoga Therapist. She also completed her 1000-hour level certification in Integrative Yoga Therapy earning the Professional Yoga Therapist 1000 designation. Danielle continued her training in yoga therapy earning certification in Functional Yoga Therapy with Maria Mendola and well as countless hours of training with Doug Keller in therapeutic yoga. Danielle De Pillis was one of the first to receive the designation of C-IAYT - Certified Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

Ayurveda has been a strong component in all of Danielle's education. This sister science to yoga has become a part of her lifestyle and a significant influence in her approach to yoga therapy. She also has extensive training with Joseph and Lilian Le Page in pranayama (breath work) and mudras (gestures of the hands to direct energy for healing and transformation). Mudras have become a staple in her daily meditation practice and in her teaching.

Danielle is a forever student to the latest information to help those suffering from trauma and chronic pain. She has spent the last decade studying stress physiology and uses this knowledge of the nervous system particularly with those with a history of trauma. Through tailored self-regulation tools, clients begin unwinding long held self-protective responses and build nervous system flexibility and resilience, so they can (at their appropriate pace) find safety in their own bodies in the present moment. Danielle is certified to work with veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) through the Yoga Warriors program. She is also certified in Neurokinetic Therapy, a process to work with the motor control center of the brain to determine which muscles are inhibited (neurologically underactive) and those that are facilitated (neurologically overactive) to unwind pain patterns in the body as well as create better body awareness. These methods of uncovering postural and muscular holding patterns as well as patterns of weakness in the body greatly benefit those individuals healing from chronic pain.

Danielle has a private Integrative Yoga Therapy practice working one on one with people with a wide variety of chronic health conditions. She became her first private client, healing herself from years of chronic pain in 2009. She sees clients out of her home studio in Southeast Minneapolis and online.

Her teaching is greatly influenced by her Integrative Yoga Therapy training. Her style includes the teachings of Hatha, Tantra and Ayurveda as well as the knowledge she has gained in her personal practice and healing journey. She gets excited by the new awarenesses her private clients have week after week and is honored to help guide them on the path to healing.

Danielle is grateful to work with all individuals regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Danielle is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and the Yoga Alliance*.

*My title as a yoga therapist is based on my professional yoga therapist training through Integrative Yoga Therapy and other advanced training, not from my status as a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance Registry.

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