Dana Moniger – Staff Profile

Ms. Dana Moniger

Ms. Dana Moniger

Dana Moniger – Freshman English Teacher

Being on competitive dance teams in high school and college, fitness has, for the most part, been an inherent part of my life. After college, I found myself missing the group atmosphere I had in practices. Running and lifting weights were okay, but it just didn’t fill the void that dance team had left. I knew I didn’t want to stop working out altogether, so I started trying group fitness classes. Pilates, barre, HIIT, yoga – I tried it all. The one class I found myself wanting to always come back to was yoga.

My yoga practice started in 2011 with a hot class (I definitely don’t recommend that beingĀ your first class, FYI!), and has since turned into a foundational block of my life. Yoga is so much more than a workout to me. Yoga helps me unite my mind, body, and spirit. I can go in feeling completely scattered and weighed down by life, and leave feeling put back together and grounded, with a fresh perspective on my life. My time on mat reconnects me to myself. I am able to transcend from the minutiae of my day-to-day life and connect with something bigger.

Yoga became so important to me that I decided to enroll in a yoga teacher training program last year. Right now, I am just two weekend intensives away from being a certified yoga teacher; I will receive my certification on October 28th. My goal with this training is to create a business that provides professional development on how to implement yoga poses, meditation, and yoga philosophy as universal strategies and interventions, as well as to help teachers use yoga techniques as part of their self-care routine.