Teacher Feature | Danielle Murray

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We are ecstatic to have Danielle Murray on the schedule at Yogalife Studios! She has been a staple in the Alberta yoga community for nearly a decade and will be a permanent fixture in YEG as of July! Get to know this incredible woman and watch for her on our schedule and around the city! *Special thanks to Des Iles for the beautiful photos

From Danielle...

I began teaching 9 years ago in Whitecourt AB, whenever I would travel to Edmonton I would visit Yogalife.  4 Years ago I met Michele Theoret at a Rocket Vinyasa training at Yogalife Studios North.  That training was a huge turning point for me as a student and Teacher.  I now Facilitate trainings with Michele at Empowered Yoga, lead a rocket vinyasa based training called Evolution of Flow and in July will be moving to Edmonton full time to teach and live with my Husband Tom and our Daughters Issie and Molly.  I am thrilled to be teaching at Yogalife because it really feels like full circle moment for me.  I already have built friendships and relationships with some studio die hards and look forward to meeting and getting to know all those I have yet to meet. I love to chat so please come say hello and introduce yourself.

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HOW DID YOU GET YOUR YOGIC START?  WHO BROUGHT YOU TO YOUR FIRST CLASS, WHAT WAS THAT LIKE, AND WHERE WAS IT?

I began practicing yoga as a young athlete to deepen flexibility and mental focus.  As an adult I came back to the practice to learn tools to alleviate my symptoms and learn to cope, with severe anxiety and depression.  I began attending vinyasa classes in Whitecourt with my best friend Tamara at a local gym offered by my first Teacher Felicia Ochs.

SHARE A FAVOURITE QUOTE, LESSON, OR TEACHING THAT INSPIRES YOU.

I am inspired by the students and community. I believe everyone has a teacher inside, my job is to facilitate the deepening of the connection between you and your own inner teacher. You are your own greatest teacher, you have the answers, look inside, trust yourself.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE MUSIC TO PRACTICE TO (OR DO YOU PREFER SILENCE!?)

I like to practice to mostly instrumental or ambient electronic music. I also love a good house beat for a faster paced class, in my personal practice I often will practice in silence to deepen my awareness of my breath.  In class the music depends on the style practice and the energy in the room that day.  

YOUR FAVOURITE BOOKS, YOGI-INSPIRED AND FICTION.

Having a favourite book is tough and almost like choosing a favourite child! IMPOSSIBLE… here are a few selections:

Empowered Body- Michele Theoret
Chanting; Discovering Spirit in Sound- Robert Gass
The Prophet- Kahlil Gibran
Milk and Honey- Rupi Kaur


TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRST TEACHER TRAINING.

My first teacher training took place in Victoria BC at Moksana Yoga. It was a Hatha Flow training led by some amazing teachers. What was most clear in my memory was the very diverse group of trainees. All ages, backgrounds, and abilities. It was focused on solid foundational and well balanced practices. I think it really set the stage for my outlook on practice now, and the training and work with Empowered Yoga that I was and still am drawn to. These practices are for everyone, the method and approach may appear differently in the individuals expression. My hope as a teacher is that I can provide the safe space for each student to explore what that means to them.

WHERE'S YOUR FAVOURITE VACATION SPOT?

My favourite vacation spot shifts because it is anywhere I travel in the summer months with my family in our 1974 Boler Camper. We love to hike, swim and explore new places. If i had to choose one location, I would say Kananaskis has been my favourite stop thus far.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MEAL TO MAKE AND SHARE WITH FRIENDS AND FAM?

HA! truth bomb, cooking is not my forte, I make grilled chicken breasts and veggies. My husband Tom however is an excellent cook!


WHO INSPIRES YOU?

I am inspired by my children - they constantly encourage me and demand that I come back into the moment. While at certain times this can be challenging it is one of the greatest gifts. Watching them learn, explore, grow, and fall down, reminds and encourages me to do the same.

IF YOU COULD STUDY WITH ONE PERSON WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

I am currently looking forward to taking a training with Michael Stone. I really connect with the way he teaches mindfulness and philosophy, I am looking forward to studying with him in Fall 2017.

WHAT IS THE BEST CONCERT YOU'VE EVER BEEN TO?

It is with a heavy heart but also a deeply grateful one that I say Audioslave. Listening live to Chris Cornell was something I will never forget. To hear not only my favourite Audioslave songs but also Rage Against The Machine and Soundgarden classics is a memory I will always cherish.

WHERE'S THE NEXT PLACE YOU WANT TO TRAVEL?

Heading to the mountains with my family in our Boler during summer is one of my absolute favourite things to do!

SHARE YOUR FAVOURITE SELF-HEALING PRACTICE.

Mantra is one of my favourite healing practices. There is something truly special that unfolds for me through the healing power of sound. In my practice and when I share mantra I try to make it accessible, relatable and approachable for students. I have found the simplest mantra practices can be the most effective. For me a clear alignment to intention and gaining an understanding of the mantras is key. Why? What is the intention? What does this mean to me? These are all questions I explore as I deepen my practice and understanding of this tool.

SHARE ONE OF YOUR LIFE GOALS.

This year and nearly every year one of my goals is alignment. Which isn’t about the shapes I place my body into,  but rather alignment of the head and heart. There will always be new challenges, experiences, obstacles to overcome. There will also be adventures, joy, fun and laughter. My goal is to move through what life and the moment to moment experience of that life in alignment of intention and action. To walk the path in a way that is authentic to who I am. The execution will probably not always be precise, and I most certainly may fall out of alignment from time to time, but to me thats part of the  practice. Fall down, and find your way back.


Find Danielle on our schedule!