“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” –Audrey Hepburn
“I AM’ are two of the most powerful words, for what you put after them shapes your reality.” – Anonymous
Dana Kraft’s yoga experience is about limitless possibilities on and off the mat. She fills the room with her sense of fun and radiance and empowers her students through her philosophy- the challenges we face in our yoga practice parallel the obstacles we face in our daily lives; breathe through them on the mat, and we can overcome them off the mat.
Dana’s approach to teaching stems from her belief that yoga is accessible to everyone. Her experience as a former high school teacher enables her to effectively work with students by differentiating between learning styles and using the one that is most applicable for that individual student. Dana is known for her hands on approach and sheer enthusiasm and joy for the practice. Her personal style of teaching yoga draws attention to breath, alignment, and incorporates intelligent sequencing. She creates a safe space for her students where they can focus on “being a better me” by cultivating courage and compassion from within, leading to clarity. Her students work to balance that fine line between ease and effort creating the endurance and fortitude they need to overcome the obstacles on and off the mat and enjoy a fulfilling life.
Dana has worked with high profile private clientele on both the east and west coast, ranging from major league athletes, musicians, Broadway talent, top models, and film and television actors. She is the official yoga instructor to the 2015 NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors and has worked with the UCLA men’s golf team and women’s basketball team. She provides Vinyasa, Restorative, meditation, and The Roll Model® Method to players such as Festus Ezeli, Andre Iguodala, Harrison Barnes, Shawn Livingston, and Splash Brothers: Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. She currently works with Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers.
Dana teaches Vinyasa, Power Vinyasa, and Pre-natal and Post-natal classes in Los Angeles at Agni Yoga, Yogaworks, Crunch, and Hot8 Yoga.
Dana is a Yoga Alliance E-200HR RYT and yoga certified by Pure Yoga in New York. A Detroit native, she graduated from the University of Michigan (BFA in Musical Theatre) and then moved to New York City to earn a Masters in Educational Theatre and English Education from New York University.
Dana maintains a thriving public class and private practice, traveling between Southern and Northern California and is available for workshops, private and corporate instruction in both regions.
"Dana is absolutely amazing!! Her classes are in a calm soft spoken manner. She is very patient, but thorough and clear in her instructions. I am really amazed by Dana's passion, which truly inspires me to not only continue with her teaching in yoga, but also just focus on being a better me through the practice of yoga." -Esther K. Los Angeles
YOGA ALLIANCE E-RYT 200
KAIVALYA YOGA METHOD
YOGA FAMILY HEALTH RPYT
Wanderlust Advanced 75 Hour Certification
AHA CPR + AED CERTIFICATION
YTU INTEGRATED EMBODIED ANATOMY
YOGA TUNE UP THERAPY BALL TRAINING
PURE YOGA 100 HOUR MENTORSHIP WITH TAYLOR DUNHAM
10:15am Vinyasa Flow 2/3 - Yogaworks
12:30pm YW Flow 2/3 - Yogaworks
5:00pm Power Yoga - Crunch Gym
12:30pm YW Flow 2/3 - Yogaworks
4:30pm Advanced Vinyasa - Namaste Highland Park
8:00pm Candlelight Flow - Namaste Highland Park
12:00pm - Yin/Yang Yogaworks
"Take your intention off the mat and into the world."
- Seane Corn
"Vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage."
- Brené Brown
"Practice becomes firmly grounded when well attended to for a long time, without break, and in all earnestness."
Yoga Sutra 1.14
"Feel the now."
- Marco Rojas
Dana is available for private instruction, corporate classes, and workshops in the following locations:
24 Hour Cancellation Notice Private Yoga Sessions:
If cancellation is not made in less than 24 hours, payment will be due for the session.
"Exhausting shooting schedules combined with the fast paced energy of being on set can be very overwhelming. I like to have a session with Dana after I wrap; her intuitive ability combined with her caring approach bring me back to the present moment and help me to feel grounded again."
- Juan Castano
"Great teachers and coaches inspire you to be more than you are. That is Dana. In session she can be gentle and strong, peaceful and dynamic. She is always helpful, amazingly skilled and fills the room with her sense of fun and her radiance. A session with Dana is a delight and brightens the day!"
- Julian C. Los Angeles
"Dana is absolutely amazing!! Her classes are in a calm soft spoken manner. She is very patient but thorough and clear in her instructions. I am really amazed by Dana's passion which truly inspires me to not only continue with her teaching in yoga, but also just focus on being a better me through the practice of yoga."
- Esther K. Los Angeles
"Dana is an insightful, clear, and attentive teacher. She made me feel comfortable, and gave me the confidence to get back on my mat after having been away from yoga for so long. She is very precise about alignment, and makes sure you are always breathing correctly! I recommend her to anyone whether you are a beginner or more advanced student."
- Eva L. New York City
"Yoga with Dana is a super workout and fun!! She's very encouraging and pushes me (responsibly) towards my goals. THANK YOU DANA!!!"
- Moshe W. New York City
"Work hard and enjoy it! Dana's sessions are a perfect balance between restorative and challenging. Classes are personalized and well planned. On the practical side Dana is a true professional. She is upfront, reliable and on time."
- Haysha D. New York City
A Fun Way to Practice Yoga!
"I took one of Dana's first class at Agni yoga a few months ago and have been hooked ever since. I was immediately impressed when she told the class she was the official yoga instructor to the Golden State Warriors NBA team, and she definitely lived up to her title. Dana plays the BEST music (I'm always asking her for song titles after class). She is always open to correcting your posture when you are in poses, which is hard to find in classes sometimes. She does a great job of mixing in cardio and stretching in her classes, and I always break a sweat. Her energy alone is amazing, and I can't imagine practicing yoga without her now! "
- Rate Your Burn
by Honeybear on February 12, 2015
Yoga Class Gives Good Burn.
"When looking for a Yoga class, I like to feel like I've gotten a challenge, a good stretch, a good burn, and feel balanced afterwards. Dana's class did this all for me. Let's just say I was planning to go to the gym after a Yoga class but after this class, I just wanted a shower and a meal. Great burn.
This is the second class I've taken with Dana at Agni. Her class has a good flow to it, and at its peak intensity is an excellent workout. It's definitely a challenge, but she is instructive with how to get into certain poses and modify them for more or less intensity. Regarding the knee friendly comment - there were a few poses i.e. Pigeon that in general can put stress on knees, but Dana gives instructions on how to protect your joints and always encourages modifications or Child's Pose when feeling like something is too much."
- Rate Your Burn
by Burner12732 on February 3, 2015
"Dana is a natural born instructor. She includes various challenges in class while still keeping it a comfortable and safe place for students of every level. I like her hands-on approach and her enthusiasm for the practice."
- Rate Your Burn
by Burner12615 on January 24, 2015
"I really enjoyed my first class at Agni Yoga. I'm a beginner and haven't been to class in years, but Dana really helped me to feel comfortable. While she gave poses for the advanced people in the class, she always gave do-able, but challenging adaptations for other levels, too. The speed of the class was perfect, I felt like I got a great workout! Dana even stayed after and helped give me a few poses that would help me with my back pain, which I really appreciated! I highly recommend her class!"
- Rate Your Burn
by Burner12595 on January 22, 2015
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