“I have found yoga to be both invigorating and calming. Out of all the activities I have both taught and participated in to maintain and improve physical health, the practice of yoga offers the benefit of mental and spiritual health as well. Yoga benefits our whole being. It’s good stuff!” - Donna
Donna’s kindness is palpable. It radiates out of her effortlessly and generously. She brings this kindness to her students during class and loves helping others feel good, have less pain, and reduce their stress levels. She emphasizes being kind and loving to oneself and others, and this manifests in her sequencing and her teaching approach. Donna encourages her students to move calmly with intention. Her classes consist of basic Hatha yoga, in a vinyasa flow style. Donna’s classes are taught at a comfortable temperature, around 72-75 degrees and her music is soft, relaxing and meditative.
Donna holds a Masters degree in exercise physiology and athletic training and teaches health and fitness classes at Las Positas College. She started yoga after noticing that intense workouts and exercising were creating injuries and wear and tear on her body.Yoga has supported Donna personally as she works with an auto-immune condition, and with total health and well-being; physically, mentally, and spiritually. Donna completed her original yoga training in 2000 with YogaFit. She continually studies through workshops and has spent time training at the Expanding Light Ananda Yoga Retreat in Therapeutic Yoga. In 2009 Donna completed the 200-hour YogaWorks Teacher Training and the Pilates Mat Training with Pilates Academy International.
Donna has a partner in crime; her wonderful, loving, supportive husband named Bill who has fallen in love with yoga as well (on his own, not by force!). Bill is a regular at Cosmic Dog and adored by all of the staff. Donna loves spending her recreation time hanging out with Gator, her sweet golden retriever, and with friends and neighbors. Donna epitomizes the benefits of yoga and it manifests all around her.