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Skillman, NJ 08558

Dan Fernandez: Facing life’s challenges with joy and YOGA!

Dan Fernandez 01Princeton Yoga teacher Dan focuses on yoga as the “middle-path” in life, specifically on the long-term benefits of yoga as a lifestyle that helps regulate the nervous system, reduce stress, bring mindfulness, and tone the body. Dan was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2005. Because of this potentially debilitating disease, he began exploring yoga to improve the health of both his body and his mind. Now, through daily practice of yoga, he has found that he continues to improve both physically and spiritually. It is his wish to share these benefits with others so that they too can learn how to heal and grow.

Check out what he has to say!

Who should come to your yoga class? 

Most people start coming to my yoga classes because of an injury, tightness or weakness in the body, or a mind that is over-active. Whatever the initial motivation, please stay to experience the joyful awakenings that go well beyond the initial physical reasons.

Dan Fernandez Pose 2_originalWhat are you focusing on right now in your yoga practice?

Simple, useful messages that help get us through this day  – a new asana every week with detailed instruction along with noting the healing benefits.

As a big picture, what do you hope to teach your students?

The joy of becoming nothing.

What inspired you to become a yoga teacher?

“FEAR!”. I really enjoy being mobile – so I found a way of being through yoga and meditation that keeps Multiple sclerosis far away.

What do you enjoy most about teaching yoga?

Everyone’s face.

Dan Fernandez Pose 4_originalWho are your greatest influences? 

Rama Ramanathan (my initial teacher), Michael Visnov (a living buddha),  Thich Nhat Hanh, Pema, Jack Kornfield, each practitioner

What is your favorite yoga pose and why?

Right now, Starfish, which I have renamed Ronasana after one of my good friends from the Thursday night sangha. This is a low-risk pose that improves balance and focus, and is perfect for those of us with limited movement in the knees, legs and feet.

Come and meet him at his weekly classes:

Thursdays, 7:45 – 9:00 pm Yoga for BeginnersSign up
Sundays, 8:30 – 9:45 am Yoga for Stress ReductionSign up
Sundays, 10:30 – 11:45 am Yoga for Stress ReductionSign up