As the Founding Director of the School of Gentle Yoga, Dannette specializes in classes, trainings, and private sessions that focus on the art and science of subtle Yoga.
After sustaining a life-changing traumatic brain injury in 1996, Dannette began a journey of recovery that eventually led to a regular practice and deep study of the healing aspects of Yoga. The TBI left her with many symptoms including severe chronic pain for over a decade. The isolation of her illness led her to create FibroHaven Support Foundation, a community for people to come together and learn to live well, in spite of illness. Through this foundation she became a health advocate – writing, researching, and collaborating with likeminded healers. In 2012 she was selected as a Leader Against Pain and invited to DC to lobby for increase funding for alternative treatments for chronic pain.
An early guest presenter at a FibroHaven meeting was a gentle yoga teacher who also suffered from chronic pain. In her short, 30-minute presentation, she changed Dannette’s life forever.
Dannette’s yoga practice began from there in senior level classes at local studios. A once-a-month practice evolved into a three-time-a-week, and then into interest in a teacher training program. Not intending to become a teacher, Dannette was simply curious how yoga was helping so much after years of different treatments had failed.
From that first 200-Hour training, Dannette never looked back.
As a graduate of the IAYT accredited Yoga Therapy program at The Soul of Yoga Institute in Encinitas CA, Dannette has studied with master teachers of many lineages, and developed a unique style, combining her studies with her personal healing journey. Through nearly 2000 hours or training, she has studied with Master Teachers: Brian Dorfman, Nischala Joy Devi, Leslie Kaminoff, Larry Payne, Amy Weintraub, and more. From her first 500-hour teacher Lynda Light, whom she honors daily in her teaching, to her mentor in the Yoga Therapy program at The Soul of Yoga, Monique Lonner, and to Laurie Mort, the teacher who gave her the first opportunity to teach, Dannette contributes the heart of her teaching style and the formation of the School of Gentle Yoga to the spirit of all the teachers who came before her.
In addition to Dannette, the School of Gentle Yoga employs many master teachers. Over the past few years, guests teachers include: