Daniele Strawmyre is a professional choreographer, dancer and movement educator of over 25 years, with a focus on prenatal and postpartum health for the last 7 years. Originally from Philadelphia where she was the director of ready Set GO, performing locally and internationally, and teaching various forms of fitness and Somatics. She earned a degree in Dance and Choreography from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA and has studied with master teachers of Anatomy/Kinesiology and movement practices in various forms from all over the world.
Teaching has always been a large part of her life and career, with students that ranged in age from toddlers to older adults, beginners to advanced, and professional dancers.
Initially, yoga, as well as Pilates and her studies of Anatomy and Kinesiology, were just part of her constantly deepening knowledge of dance. She enjoyed teaching a fun and rigorous style of Vinyasa flow, as well as classic Pilates mat classes, various circuit training and fitness classes for adults; and developed and taught dance and theater programs/classes for children.
She developed a large following as people enjoyed her thoughtful teaching, attention to detail, alignment, anatomy, and passion for promoting "body intelligence."
She inspires and guides her students in finding ways to access their joy through a more self-aware relationship with their bodies and a more fine-tuned mind-body connection.
Due to her experience in dance and other related forms of movement and Somatics, her teaching style is innovative and creative. Through her experience with various dance related injuries, her empathic and healing teaching has won over many, what she affectionately calls, “yoga tentative” students.
During her first pregnancy, Daniele participated in a 300 hour, intensive yoga teacher training, practicing and studying yoga for eight hours a day, five days a week, all while six to seven months pregnant.
Practicing hours of Yoga every day within her ever-changing body was an eye-opening experience, one that changed her practice and her focus. As she navigated her changing body, finding ways to modify and transform her own practice, she became newly energized to help others enjoy their physical presence in the best way possible.
After giving birth to her son, she again was inspired to find flexibility and strength physically, mentally, and emotionally, in her practice and in her life. It was then, after another period of study/apprenticeship, she began teaching Postpartum Yoga.
Although she still enjoys teaching a nice juicy Vinyasa here and there, Daniele’s real passion is helping parents access their burgeoning strength and new identity as caregivers, helping children to develop and grow and creating space where those things can coexist in harmony.
Daniele’s classes foster a sense of community, intuitive self-care, and openness and acceptance (embracing!) of change.
She is a registered Yoga teacher having received her training with Dhyana Yoga in Philadelphia. She has also received training as a postpartum doula, childbirth educator, and breastfeeding educator through BAI (Birth Arts International); and has done basic and advanced teacher trainings in Prenatal and Postpartum Yoga and Yogaborn Childbirth Preparation classes through Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts.
Daniele lives in North Portland with her partner Mike, their two children Colin and Donavyn, and their dog Lemmy. She is very happy to have landed here in the Pacific Northwest.
She creates and collects creative writing about motherhood in her blog, “Matrescence Monologues”. Click below to read. Interested in contributing? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.