Before we get started sharing all our great adaPTed Yoga & mindfulness content, we thought you may want to know a bit about us!
Each day this week we’ll be sharing a quick Q&A post with a member of our team – first up, Danielle!
Q&A with adaPTed Yoga Team Member Danielle
Tell us a bit about yourself…
Hi there! My name is Danielle and I’m currently a second-year Doctor of Physical Therapy student at MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston. Prior to going back to school for physical therapy I spent almost 10 years working in event presentation in professional sports, so this is quite the career change for me!
I currently split my time between Boston when I am in school and Cape Cod where I live with my husband Jason and our mini dachshund Madison!
What made you decide to go to PT school?
While I enjoyed working in marketing and event presentation, I was never truly passionate about my work. I had been considering going back to school for physical therapy since just about the time I graduated with my bachelor’s degree from Quinnipiac University in 2003, but it took me almost 10 years to actually gather the courage to do it!
I love working with people and am interested in anatomy, movement and encouraging others to stay active, so it’s a great career fit for me!
Tell us about your experience with yoga/ mindfulness…
I have practiced yoga on and off since I was in college and decided to take a 200-hour vinyasa yoga teacher training when I left my previous career to go back to school because I felt yoga was a great compliment to physical therapy. I’ve been teaching yoga for about 4 years and focus most of my teaching on working with athletes and populations with special mobility considerations.
You can find additional information on my yoga background, certifications and current class schedule at DanielleNardiYoga.com.
What interested you in working on adaPTed Yoga for your Capstone project?
I believe that everyone can benefit from yoga and working on adaPTed Yoga for my Capstone project is a great way to share my passion and work towards making yoga accessible to all individuals by providing appropriate resources for yoga teachers and students, as well as healthcare practitioners interested in incorporating yoga into their treatment.
What do you hope to share with others by working on adaPTed Yoga?
My vision for adaPTed Yoga is to provide resources for individuals of all ability levels to practice yoga safely in a way that fits the body and mobility available to them and to provide yoga teachers with information on working with individuals with mobility considerations.
My ultimate goal is to blend my yoga background with my academic and clinical knowledge as a physical therapist to provide unique customized treatment for my clients. The adaPTed Yoga project is a wonderful way to explore the physical and mental health benefits of yoga and mindfulness and learn more about how I can best incorporate them into my therapy treatment.
What are some of your favorite ways to stay active?
In addition to practicing yoga regularly I enjoy running and participate in several road races of varying distances each year. I also run with the Boston adaptive/ guided running group Achilles International when I can.
What’s your favorite yoga pose?
After a run there’s nothing like dropping to the ground for legs-up-the-wall (viparita karani) to elevate the legs, get a gentle stretch, lower your heart rate and focus on breathing!
Anything else you’d like to know?
Feel free to comment with questions and I’d be more than happy to answer!