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Dan Ward

You don't have to fit into a world that has so many problems that is in no position to judge you...you follow your own journey. Give yourself the support and encouragement you need. It's good to be seen, to be noticed and to have a little bit of attention. See yourself. See the goodness in you. Instead of chasing after things that in the end aren't worth so much, you can recognize the gifts you already have. You can cherish the gift of being you.

  • Teacher with 9 years of experience
  • Yoga student since 1990
  • Leads teacher trainings
  • Venice resident of over 20 years

Hailing originally from the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Dan Ward has been practicing yoga in Santa Monica, California for over 20 years. Emerging from a background in acting and theatre, Dan has always been deeply interested in the potential of the present moment as a vehicle for enriching all experiences. Life is simply better when you are aware, in the moment and aren’t putting your personal happiness in the hands of events beyond your control. Yoga is always happening now (even when you read yoga teacher bios!).

Being of a philosophical bent, Dan looks to understand, or at least contemplate, the bigger questions of who we are and why we are that way, and connecting the personal to universal. In yoga, we reflect on our sensations, thoughts, and feelings, developing the connection to our intuitive wisdom. The insights gained here are invaluable as we go about healing and rehabilitating the body. We strengthen it - make it more subtle and responsive. We raise our ‘body intelligence’, our knowing of what is safe, smart and beneficial. We learn to use the body wisely. Whether the practice is on the mellow side or contains acrobatic postures, the focus is the same.

Dan’s classes tend to reach a broad range of people, from teens to older adults, from those with disabilities to professional athletes. As a family man with four daughters, Dan’s vibe is supportive, encouraging, kind, and respectful. Students find themselves put at ease, prepared to explore yoga with the proper attitude in order to achieve the desired result: freedom.

Find out more at danwardyoga.com

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