The inspiration of a noble cause enables men to do things they did not dream themselves capable of before.”

– Joshua Chamberlain

Dana

I am a Soldier and have been in the military for over 30 years. I was brought to yoga to increase my flexibility from years of running and not properly stretching. I started doing some on-line and video yoga workouts in 2014. After a knee surgery in 2015 I knew I really had to challenge myself to increase my flexibility so I started to attend some local classes. A friend was teaching classes at the local library and I started to attend her classes.

I fell in love with yoga and the way it not only made my body feel but also my mind and spirit. Soon I was attending every possible class I could. The transformation that I could see in myself gave me the desire to one day help others achieve the same. In 2015 I knew that one day I would embark on a path to be a yoga instructor. In 2016 my work transferred me 350 miles across the Pennsylvania (from Erie to Philadelphia).

I found myself in the Horsham area in October of 2016 looking for an apartment and a place to continue my yoga practice. After a look on-line for Yoga Studios I was drawn to check out The Nourishing Storm studio in Hatboro. I visited on a Wednesday evening (26 October to be exact) and had dinner at the café. I instantly fell in love with the atmosphere. I was back and forth from Erie to Horsham every weekend I didn’t work until January of 2017. I had finally moved everything from Erie at the beginning of January and was ready to go back to The Nourishing Storm to attend a class. Yes, I found my studio only after one visit and that visit was just dinner at the café. I absolutely knew this place was made just for me.

I started attending classes in January and by February seemed to be at the studio everyday attending classes or helping out where I could. I was so drawn to the studio and the people that I couldn’t stay away. I knew some of the students that had started the Teacher Training that fall and I knew that my reason for being drawn to the studio was to attend the next session of Teacher Training. I fell in love with Johanna in 2017. I completed my Yoga Teacher Certification and Zumba Teacher Certification in September of 2018. She completed her Teacher Certification in March 2019 and has been teaching Zumba and Dance for many years. We began plans to open our own studio in 2019. The Army holistic approach to mind, body and emotion influenced my life and helped us with the design of the concept for the Inspiring Storm studio.

I am proud of my yoga lifestyle and encourage as many of my friends to join me as I can. I have met some amazing people and made some incredible friendships along the way. Yoga is not just something that I do, it is a part of me. My significant other supports me in my journey and is actually a part of it. This has allowed me to strengthen my beliefs and expand my world. I believe that one of the most powerful things I have ever heard is “there is nothing more powerful than that of a made up mind”. Yoga has allowed me to find my center, focus my mind and body, be in the present, and know and do what I truly believe in.

When off my mat, the wilderness and the connection to nature is one of my passions. An avid sportsman, I enjoy nature. Growing up in Northwest Pennsylvania, I have experienced the connection with nature and shared that with his daughter and step father as often as I could. I think everyone should consider bringing yoga into their life. It can transform you in such a way that you are INSPIRED to greater heights and abilities, not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well.