About Dani "Vani" McGuire
Precise. Playful. Soulful.
Dani "Vani" has practiced yoga since 1995, beginning with Iyengar and currently having studied Integral, Yoga Therapy, and Prana Flow. Her teaching focuses on initiation of the present moment, awakening to self love, devotion, and play. She is author of Beginner and Beyond: A Hatha Yoga Practice available on itunes and columnist for elephantjournal.com, and founder of PranaYogaSchool.com. Dani leads teacher trainings and workshops at conferences and studios across the U.S.
Dani is also dedicated to teaching yoga to people with cancer and chronic pain. She is a Yoga Therapist and is registered with the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Her teacher and mentor is Jnani Chapman and she has received her certification through Integral Yoga Academy. Her goal is to make these services available to everyone living with cancer, regardless of their income.
Dani is committed to forming a partnership with every one of her students to serve them in finding peace, health, and a greater sense of well being wherever they may be in this moment. Learn more at PranaYogaFoundation.org.
Our Latest Blog Post
I fell in love with yoga because it showed me how many boxes I had locked myself in, losing sight my authentic self completely. It taught me that nothing is good or bad on its own, but only when measured against truth, intent, and greater good. At first it was quite scary to begin breaking down boxes but soon it became exhilarating! At times I can become like the Hindu Goddess, and ego shatterer, Kali, hardly able to control myself. Still, as a woman, sometimes I get asked to crawl back into my box. And sometimes I think about crawling back in, all by myself. But here is my response to that..Be careful what you ask for, because in trampling out all the negative thoughts I had about myself, I trampled on all the negative thoughts I had about you. In stomping on the judging thoughts about who I was I stomped out the judgements I had made about you. In dancing on the shadows of doubt, and learning to love myself, I started loving you. When we break down the boxes and walls we build around ourselves, to keep us safe, we break down the barriers we’ve built against each other and we begin to really practice yoga.If you are my teacher and I am yours, let us not ask anything of each other, just sync your breath to mine and be here. Like we were when we were kids, not swayed by the judging mind, not trying to be something else, and not far from the wisdom we had before. Sharpen your sword of love and cut down any over grown ideas that strangle your true path and keep us from walking it together.photo by Taya Smyth, Costa Rica