Danica Warden, whose yoga alias is dtrueyogi, has been a yoga instructor for years. She’s been carving her own lane as a local black yoga guru and is encouraging others to join her.
On how she got started:
I saw packed classes and the same faces over and over, so I knew there had to be something to it. I began my meditation practice before yoga. I felt frustrated and wanted a change so I grabbed Russell Simmons book Do You. I’m not sure what I was looking for, but he talked about meditation and changing your way of thinking, like cognitive restructuring, so I figured it couldn’t hurt. Then, he talked about meditation, right on the floor in my living room… I was turned out, like taking a double-stack Ecstasy pill in the early 2000’s. I meditated everyday after that, then yoga just came naturally.
On diversity in yoga classes in Frederick:
Ain’t none, I’m it. But honestly I’m usually the only one out of possibly two and that’s being liberal. Now when I travel to DC or Baltimore for a class, it’s a bit more diverse, but you can seek it out. I believe the lack of diversity is because it is just not available to us, or tailored towards us and sometimes a single class is just too damn expensive before pay day. But mostly, I believe it has been westernized and commercialized to cater to specific genres. I am hoping, now it is my mission to bring yoga to my sisters and brothers, the freaks geeks, stand-outs or stand-alones. The gifts of yoga are endless and enhancing and I believe everyone deserves to experience it!!!
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