Dannette came to yoga after a head injury in 1996 left her in severe chronic pain for over a decade. The isolation of her illness first led her to create a community where people could come together and explore healing options. FibroHaven Support Foundation was born, and so was her work as a health advocate – writing, researching, collaborating with healers, and even becoming a Leader Against Pain in 2012 where she lobbied DC to increase funding for alternative treatments for chronic pain.
One of the first guest presenters she scheduled for a FibroHaven meeting was a gentle yoga teacher who also suffered from chronic pain. In her short, 30-minute presentation, she changed at least one 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. Many hundreds of hours later, 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 mentors in the Yoga Therapy program at The Soul of Yoga, Monique Lonner and Justine Shelton, and to Laurie Mort, the teacher who gave her the first opportunity to teach both a regular class and a teacher training, 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.
Caitlin Parsons is studying to become a Yoga Therapist at the Soul of Yoga in Encinitas, CA. Caitlin trained in Burlington, VT at Yoga Vermont where she received her 200-hour yoga teaching certificate. She graduated from University of New England in 2008 and has worked as a Registered Dental Hygienist ever since. The arduous pressure on the body from working as a Dental Hygienist is what helped draw Caitlin to Yoga and kept her coming back. This allowed her to learn and grow both inside and out.
Caitlin has studied with many master teachers and continues to learn, adapt, and incorporate many different styles of teaching into her classes with a large focus on the breath. She enjoys using her knowledge and understanding of Yoga Therapy, providing students with proper guidance, modifications, and freedom that allows each individual to receive the greatest therapeutic benefit in all of her classes and throughout their daily lives.