Danielle Downey has been practicing yoga for 10 years, during which time she explored several methods of yoga, before discovering the Sivananda method. In 2009, Danielle received her teacher training certificate from the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Kerala, India, which included in-depth study of yoga asanas (postures), pranayama (yogic breathing techniques), yoga anatomy and physiology, meditation, and the philosophy of yoga.
Since this time, Danielle has been teaching Sivananda yoga in Hamilton, where she welcomes students of all levels and abilities. Danielle continues to enhance her practice with regular visits to the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Val Morin, Quebec, and in January 2011 she completed her Advanced Yoga Teacher Training course at the Sivananda Ashram in Nassau.
“I love teaching Sivananda yoga, I feel Sivananda yoga challenges students both mentally and physically. When I am able to help people enjoy the benefits of the postures and breathing exercises it makes my day. Yoga has done so much for me in my life the fact that I have the opportunity to encourage people to find the same benefits is truly inspiring.”-Danielle Downey
Andrew Downey is an elementary school teacher who, with Danielle, completed the Yoga Teacher Training course at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Kerala, India. Andrew enjoys teaching open classes at Siva Yoga with Danielle, where he loves to challenge his students.
“What I enjoy most about Sivananda yoga is it is among the most authentic representations of traditional hatha yoga out there today. It works the entire body every class, while also developing the mental and spiritual capacities in a unintimidating way. In each 90 minute session students get an hour of exercise, an hour of relaxation and an hour of meditation.”-Andrew Downey
In 2011, she completed a Yoga Alliance Approved 200 Hour Hatha Teacher Training with Mona Warner at Janati Yoga in Kingston, Ontario. Caitlin loves connecting with others both as a student and teacher. She has practiced and taught in a variety of styles, including Yin, Sivananda, Hatha, and Vinyasa, and is thrilled to deepen her understanding of the Sivananda style at Siva Yoga with Danielle.
“I love teaching and practicing in the Sivananda style. Working through a set sequence of postures allows students to connect with their body and mind, and notice the subtle changes in sensation from day to day. The emphasis on breath work, as well as the periods of relaxation between each posture, give students the physical and emotional space to deeply experience their practice. I hope my students will leave their practice feeling invigorated, balanced, and light-hearted.”