DANA DINKENS

Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, I thought I would live on the beach forever. After going to Trinity University in San Antonio, I found myself in Lubbock for law school at Texas Tech. After graduating from law school, I’m still here with my maltipoo and golden doodle, Bonnie and Clyde! If you’ve been in Lubbock long, you’ll know that I am not the first to fall in love with this town even after swearing there was no way I would choose to live without any water nearby. What can I say? I’ve found a home at The Yoga Stand and in the Lubbock community.

My love for yoga and mindfulness stems from The Yoga Stand. I dabbled in yoga in college but I found it frustrating and sweaty… sound about right? I was used to fast paced sports like soccer and volleyball, going to the gym and lifting weights or doing cardio… not standing in poses and doing a million pushups with sweat dripping everywhere! When I took my first class at TYS, however, my mindset was different than the times I had been before: I was craving guidance and peace as my sister had passed away from cancer months before and I was in my second year of law school. My mind was in a million places, my family was 9 hours away, and I needed a way to calm my mind, move my body, and help me sleep better at night. I signed up for the 2 week unlimited pack, went 12 times in 14 days, and realized I was going to be a yogi forever.

When I realized how influential yoga was in my life and that I didn’t plan on stopping, I knew I wanted to teach and help others get to that point. I applied for teacher training, saved up money, and took a chance. What I got was a community full of like-minded people, of which I had never been around before, and a practice that helped release pent up emotion, calmed my body and mind, centered my soul, and changed my mindset in almost every aspect of life. Teacher training was an amazing experience that taught me to love deeper, forgive easily, meditate often, take time for myself, and spread light.

I hope to bring more mindfulness to the fitness of yoga. I want my classes to be a safe place where people come to feel connected to each other and to their minds and bodies, even if that means they listen to their body and lay in savasana the whole time (been there)! At the end of the class, we should all be proud of the hard work our bodies accomplished, the pent-up emotions we released, and the steps we’re taking to better ourselves. Hope to see you soon! Namaste.

Dana is 200 HR RYT Certified through The Yoga Stand Teacher Training School.

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