~ dani ramaekers ~


Training Certificates or Qualifications:  200 RYT with Somachi Yoga, Melbourne, Bliss Baby Prenatal Yoga, Degree in Naturopathy and a Diploma in Herbal Medicine from Wellpark College.

Yoga Influences: The fluidity and flow of Somachi Yoga and through this Eastern Philosophy, Tai Chi and dance.  Vinyasa Flow and Yin Yoga have a large influence on my teachings and a bit of Ashtanga for structure ;). 

Inspirational teachers:  I am inspired by the intelligence of Tiffany Cruickshank and the playfulness of Kathryn Budig.

Background: I have always had a keen interest in health and the human body. I spent my late teens and early twenties working, living and traveling the States and Europe. In 2008 I moved to Melbourne and took up a regular Yoga practice, which I found gave my nomadic lifestyle some much needed groundedness. 

I was inspired to complete my 200 RYT that year and have been teaching ever since. I  trained in Somachi yoga, a dynamic mix of Vinyasa, Tai Chi and dance with both Buddhist and Yogic influences. 

My experiences teaching yoga drew me towards learning more about the human body. I began to see in my students how small changes in their diet and lifestyle, alongside their yoga practice could have a game changing effect in their lives.  

I moved back home to New Zealand and completed a Degree in Naturopathy and a Diploma in Herbal Medicine from Wellpark College. I now combine my knowledge of nutrition, herbal medicine and lifestyle with my skills as a yoga teacher.

Why I practice: Wherever you are in the world, whoever your with, whatever language is being spoken - yoga is the familiar in the unfamiliar. Your practice may ebb and flow, move and change but the core of it is always there. It is the one constant, reliable thing in my life. 

Why I teach: I teach yoga because it's fun and it's life-changing. In small ways and big ways. Physically, mentally, emotionally there are numerous benefits to yoga. I believe everyone should be able to experience that and see for themselves what yoga can do for them. I'm happy to be a part of that. 

Favourite quotes:

“Don’t move the way fear makes you move. Move the way love makes you move. Move the way joy makes you move.” — Osho

“There will always be people who can do it better than you, but that's a good thing! Start to see competition as inspiration — without envy.” — Kathryn Budig

“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” ― Roald Dahl

To learn more about Dani visit her website.

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