Danielle Diamond

Danielle Diamond

For over 8 years I’ve been teaching a kick-butt yoga class that focuses on alignment and breath to open your body through a creative sequence, designed to make you smile as much as you’ll sweat.
Before I became a certified teacher, I stumbled upon yoga while producing a fitness video for MTV. As a hard-core runner I never thought about flexibility, but the first time I stepped on the mat changed all that. Yoga allowed me to stop and breathe—probably for the first time in my whole life. The physical element of the practice made my body feel great, but more important was the effect learning to meditate had on my mental health. Since that first day, I believe that my daily “cushion sitting” is the sole reason I’ve been able to find peace inside myself—its allowed me to face my biggest fears head on: my mother’s suicide, my father’s bankruptcy and my own body issues.
More and more, I noticed that my students would often lift weights after doing yoga. This inspired me to create Xen Strength to save time and develop a modern twist on yoga that truly meets my clients needs. My program combines a vinyasa flow with light hand weights, and will be featured in the book I am currently writing about yoga with Dr. Barry Sears of The Zone Diet fame.
As a result of my practice, I’m in the best shape of my life—physically, mentally and ultimately spiritually. The eight limbs of yoga have taught me not only the value of compassion and contentment, truth and service, but at the end of the day being okay with each moment and what it holds.
"Danielle is one of a kind. She lights up a room and has great energy which is incredibly infectious. Her classes are terrific and her new technique incorporating weights with yoga is genius. As an instructor, she is the perfect combination of both tough and gentle -- so she pushes you while always being really encouraging.”
Bobbi Brown, Founder and CEO. Bobbi Brown Cosmetics