Body & Brain Yoga is definitely more than just your average yoga class. But what is it that makes a class at Body & Brain yoga feel so unique?

For starters, a one hour class feels like a luxurious healing spa day…for your insides. The experience begins the moment that you enter the door of one of our cozy centers, where you’re sure to be greeted by a warm heart, a genuine smile, and maybe even a friendly hug. But that’s not even the spa part! The real journey begins the moment that you set foot into the classroom, a place intentionally designed to gently return your mind and body back into the same space and time.

With this experience of harmonization between the body and mind as its ultimate goal for every student, in every class, Body & Brain Yoga creates the space for you to experience your original nature, which in turn allows you to realize the incredible natural healing power within. This inner medicine is the buried treasure that each student has the opportunity to uncover – slowly and truthfully – one class at a time, as they enter deeper and deeper inside.

Here are 5 reasons why you should give Body & Brain a try:

1. It’s Gentle: A student of mine once called Body & Brain her “Healing Yoga.” The emphasis of the practice is to awaken to the body as it is now, allowing the students to move at their own pace, listening to the way the body feels through slow and deep meridian stretches. One witnesses the feeling of his own body as he relaxes enough to sink into a gentle internal release. It’s not fast or hard, there is no pushing, minimal intense strength training, and almost zero room for injury.

2. It’s Deep: Through holding certain stretches and floor postures for long periods of time, it emphasizes the importance of breath work, beginning by connecting with the natural breath as it is. That’s why anyone, at any level, can begin this practice comfortably. And all levels can join the class together as well, because a beginner may be doing comfortable, natural relaxation breathing while a long-term practitioner can be directing the breath in varying ways, often to fill up the lower energy center, according to his or her readiness.

3. It’s Meditative: In each class we take ample time to explore the amazing power of Ki-energy through dynamic energy meditation. In fact, some have even said that all of the exercises in the class feel like the body’s preparation to go into a deeper meditation. Once the meridian channels are opened and energy is circulating, the mind can really calm down and sink into the sensation of Ki, which automatically lowers the brain waves and brings one to the present moment. I have always felt that this simple technique provides anyone with a simple yet powerful shortcut to quieting the mind and lowering the brain waves.

4. Energy!!! While it is quite meditative, perhaps the highlight of Body & Brain Yoga is the experience one has with energy. All of the exercises are designed to wake up the entire energy system.

5. Developing a Solar Body: Through consistent practice of Body & Brain yoga, one begins to awaken their physical body, energy body & spiritual body, enabling them to transform their unhealthy, negative habits and cultivate themselves to become a person who not only heals oneself, but spreads this light to those around them, like the sun. The Body & Brain Center itself is a place filled with this bright spirit and by just practicing the simple exercises regularly, even the least spiritual person will naturally become more healthy, joyful and peaceful.

Based on an ancient Korean tradition, some may even say that Body & Brain isn’t the yoga we’ve become accustomed to in the West, and we couldn’t agree more. Because of the energetic element and heart associated with the practice, one might call it a magical healing experience all to its own unique category.

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Danielle Gaudette

Danielle Gaudette has been a Body & Brain Yoga practitioner for 16 years. She has been instructing classes, leading workshops and special trainings in this modality for 13 years. She has worked in cities across the U.S, such as Boston, Denver, Albuquerque and Brooklyn, to share this powerful practice and it’s principles with many people. Currently, she is happy to be here in Seattle, working as the center manager for the Ravenna Park Body & Brain Center.
In the classroom, Danielle seeks to guide people back to their bodies so that they may discover the life force within them, and awaken their own natural healing power. She has experienced many profound transformations in her own life on her path with Body & Brain yoga and finds joy in seeing others transform themselves for the better as well. She believes that this is the most important thing for a human being to do – to get back in touch with themselves.
In addition to the stretching, breathing and meditation techniques that she leads people through in their regular classes at the center, she currently teaches a Self -Mastery class, which guides people through the world of their emotions and habits. In educating people with simple tools and practices on how to better manage their emotions and negative habits using the body and energy system, she works together with her students to create healthier lifestyles. She has also been a trainer of the Finding Trues Self workshop since 2006, a training which guides people on a profound journey of healing into their heart chakras to uncover their pure essence. This process continues to be what she is most passionate about and reaps great rewards from in her own heart and spirit.
Outside of the classroom she enjoys exploring the beautiful nature of Washington state, where she has lived for one year and seven months. In addition, she takes time to share her awakenings and inspirations through her blog, “Welcome to the Scrapbook of my Heart.”
She believes that a healthier, happier and more peaceful world begins with the individual. She diligently pursues her own path to become a brighter light and continues to encourage others to do the same.

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