Daniele Strawmyre relocated in Fall of 2015 from Philadelphia, PA where she was a professional dancer, performer and choreographer for almost 20 years, running her own dance company, and performing locally and internationally. She earned her BFA in modern dance from the University of the Arts.
Throughout that time, teaching was always 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.
She developed a large following as people enjoyed her thoughtful classes, attention to detail, alignment, anatomy, and passion for promoting "body intelligence."
She inspired and guided 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.
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 women access their burgeoning strength and new identity as caregiver and mother.
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 support person 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.
She taught for two years at Mama’s Wellness Joint in Philadelphia, PA where her classes were very popular with both pregnant women and new mothers.
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.