CONNECT dictionary definition is "bring together or into contact so that a real or notional link is established". The mission of Connect In Breath is to expand the capacity of individuals to cultivate this within themselves, their surrounding community and their environment.
How: thru inter active experiences like yoga, meditation, outdoor adventures, gardening, mindfulness exercises and so much more
Why: LOVE LOVE LOVE
About Dana Rivkin
It is hard to say when my yoga journey began. The first classes I ever took were in 2005 at a small studio in Washington, DC that was walking distance from my house. After class I’d stroll home with this sense of peace and lightness, like I was walking on clouds. That sensation alone was enough to ignite my love for yoga and never look back. About a year later I started traveling and living in Central America, which turned my practice from one at the studio to one wherever and whenever. I’d practice on the beach, in hostels, in the trees, parks, boats, bus stations, rooftops…It was the one thing that kept me centered and grounded; creating a home within my heart, within my self at time when I had no physical home. I took classes whenever I could, picking up pieces, tools, and skills to add to my basket. I had grown up as a dancer. Ballet, tap, jazz, and theater were all part of my youth. But yoga was different. My breath and the sensations within me became the guide. My internal pulsation became the rhythm and movement. Most of the time I would practice outside; the natural world creating a sound track and added awareness that taught me to listen inside and out.
I had also grown up in the outdoors. My first backpacking trip was two days in second grade. Although I cried for most of it, something kept me going and I spent every summer for the next ten years going camping, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, backpacking for longer and longer lengths of time. I felt a freedom within my spirit and a sense of awe and humility from the vast landscapes I adventured in. Quiet time spent in nature- breathing, listening, reflecting, just being, was meditation only I did not know it at the time. Leave not trace ethics, taking into considering my impact on the earth when exploring the outdoors, was building the foundation of mindfulness that yoga also teaches. Step by step, breath-by-breath often becomes your sole focus when summiting at 14,000 foot mountain, where you have no choice but to be present.
So in a sense, my yoga journey began before I even knew I was practicing yoga. Slowly I began to weave all my passions together, teaching, yoga, outdoors. In 2007 I began working as a guide, leading youth in outdoor education, adventures and conservation. I would always include elements of yoga in our lessons from quiet meditative sits to physical fluid movement practices to breath centered exercises. An incredible experience to watch students relax, shift and become more attuned to themselves, one another and their environment. In 2008 I was certified as a Street Yoga teacher where I shared the gift of breath and body awareness with homeless and at-risk youth. In 2012 I completed 200 hour registered yoga teaching training at Yoga Union Community Wellness Center in Portland, Oregon with Annie Adamson. This past year, 2017, I advanced my studies with Mark Stephens in a plus 300-hour course. In between my more in-depth studies where days, weeks, months filled with classes, workshops, immersions with teachers around the globe like Barney Chapman, Sianna Sherman, Kofi Busia, Eoin Finn, Darren Rhodes and many more. Also through out the years I became more and more interested in the roots of yoga. Looking beyond the physical, studying philosophy and history has become a foundation for my views, ethics and moral compass. Yoga is a study that lasts beyond a lifetime and I have only scratched the surface. I am committed to growing through this practice as both teacher and student.
The word yoga translates to yolk or unite, which is truly where I see my self, here to help build connection to oneself, to others and to nature. In class I offer breath focused, fluid movement with alignment cues that explore anatomy, personal development and discovery of the self. I ask students to slow down, breathe, listen and feel. I hope to make yoga accessible to all, from the physical to the ethereal, for one second to every possible moment in every day
Yin yoga is a quiet, meditative practice that centers on passively holding postures for 3 to 5 minutes in order to stretch the bodies’ Yin tissues. Yin tissues include ligaments, tendons and connective tissue. Focusing on these tissues increases mobility and creates suppleness in the joints. This practice of holding poses releases deeply held stress and tension and encourages the free flow of energy in the body. Yin yoga is also a practice of moving into stillness. Holding poses overtime allow the bodymind time to quiet down, cultivating insight and a more meditative yoga practice.
This is a dynamic style of yoga and is all about precision amidst movement and ease amidst flow. Here we move from steadily pose to pose in coordination with the breath, gradually building deeper internal warmth as we explore a variety of Sun Salutations, Standing Poses, Core Integration practices, Arm Balances, Backbends, Twists, Forward Bends, Hip Openers and Inversions.
Often set to music, this style of yoga is all about flowing to the rhythm of the beat. Not just that of the music, but also that of your breath and your heart. Challenging you to dive deeper into specific theme and different yoga philosophy expressed through movement. This yoga style is suitable for all levels of Vinyasa students and is taught with progressions in postures so students can choose which layer to stay at.
yoga instructor, outdoor educator, adventure guide
One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
~ William Shakespeare