Teachers

Dana A. Smith, E-RYT 500, CLC

Dana A. Smith is the founder and owner of Spiritual Essence Yoga and the creative visionary behind the international YES! Yoga Has Curves movement. She is a wife, mother, certified yoga instructor, author, yoga teacher trainer, master life coach and holistic health practitioner. For almost 20 years, she has been a pioneer for inclusive yoga in the West with a simple, yet profound, message: “Yoga is for EVERYbody!”.

As the creator of Jiivana (L.I.F.E.) Yoga®, a National Yoga Alliance approved and registered yoga style, Dana guides students and teachers-in-training in a dynamic experience of yoga as a powerful tool for total life transformation. Even though she has trained nearly 300 yoga teachers since 2008, she considers herself a lifelong student and continues to seek inspiration through workshops and advanced studies.  Dana’s style of teaching draws on Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Vinyasa roots with the aim to usher practitioners to live inspired, fearless and empowered every day—on and off the mat.  Her work has been featured on NBC4, FOX5, The Examiner, Essence Magazine, WHUR, NPR, and Black Enterprise.

Dana teaches and facilitates yoga retreats throughout the U.S. and the Caribbean.

Events with Dana A. Smith, E-RYT 500, CLC

Yoga as a Peace Practice: Creating Resilience in Our Communities
August 7, 2020

Yoga as a Peace Practice is a training that offers Yoga philosophy and restorative practices to address the impact of trauma from violence in individuals and communities. This program highlights the contemplative approach to Yoga that teaches us how to transform our hearts and minds in simple yet profoundly meaningful ways. We invite Yoga teachers, community leaders, social workers, educators and all who are interested to take this training designed to facilitate deep inquiry into our perceptions of self, others, and our purpose for being. Yoga as a Peace Practice will enable you to: Teach contemplative Yoga philosophy in language…

Love Me Rituals: Self-Care for Yoga Teachers, Bodyworkers, and Healers
October 2, 2020

Do you spend most of your time taking care of others and little to no time taking care of yourself? Join Dana Smith to explore mindful meditation and eating practices, as well as Yoga asanas to balance the chakras, and daily “Love Me” rituals that will soothe your mind, body, and soul. Rituals for the Mind: meditation, positive affirmations, and mindfulness exercises Rituals for the Body: foot reflexology, Yoga asanas, and self-massage techniques Rituals for the Spirit: forgiveness rituals, personal cacao ceremony, and pranayama Self-care isn’t just for the body. Learn tools to maintain peace and balance in the mind,…

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