Dana Smith/ YES! Yoga Has Curves

Hello! We are finally back with a fresh episode.

I am so happy to share this interview with beautiful and amazing Dana A. Smith (which was recorded shortly after my baby was born and took me a year and half to get out the door– oh boy!).

Thanks for sticking around to listen and thank you so much to Dana for your time and patience.


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More about our guest: DANA A. SMITH

Dana is the founder and owner of Spiritual Essence Yoga and the creative visionary behind the international YES! Yoga Has Curves movement. She is a wife, mother, certified yoga instructor, author, yoga teacher trainer, master life coach and holistic health practitioner. For almost 20 years, she has been a pioneer for inclusive yoga in the West with a simple, yet profound, message: “Yoga is for EVERYbody!”.

As the creator of Jiivana (L.I.F.E.) Yoga®, a National Yoga Alliance approved and registered yoga style, Dana guides students and teachers-in-training in a dynamic experience of yoga as a powerful tool for total life transformation. Even though she has trained nearly 300 yoga teachers since 2008, she considers herself a lifelong student and continues to seek inspiration through workshops and advanced studies. Dana’s style of teaching draws on Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Vinyasa roots with the aim to usher practitioners to live inspired, fearless and empowered every day—on and off the mat. Her work has been featured on NBC4, FOX5, The Examiner, Essence Magazine, WHUR, NPR, and Black Enterprise.

Dana teaches and facilitates yoga retreats throughout the U.S. and the Caribbean. She is an active member of the Black Yoga Teacher’s Alliance (BYTA) and the Yoga and Body Image Coalition.



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