A passionate dancer since the age of seven, Donna left Southern California in ninth grade to study ballet at the Alabama School of Fine Arts. Upon graduating from ASFA, she enjoyed a rewarding career with the Alabama Ballet as a soloist and later as principal ballerina. After hanging up her pointe shoes, she stayed fit with step aerobics and boot camp style classes. Surgery on an arthritic big toe forced a change in her exercise regime and she discovered barre classes and yoga. Initially focusing on the physical benefits of yoga, she found herself drawn to the whole package – the history, philosophy, and the interplay of breath, mind, and body . The concept of looking inward and practicing compassion towards one’s body was a welcome change from the competitive, performing life. On the other hand, the feeling of transcendence that she felt in the flowing vinyasa movements felt like coming home. To deepen her practice she recently completed her 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher training at Balance Health Studio in Seagrove Beach, Florida. She is excited about the opportunity to share the life-changing benefits of yoga with others here in Birmingham.
Donna teaches a vigorous, expressive, vinyasa flow class, inspired by her dance background and accessible to all fitness levels. Her classes emphasize breath-initiated movement, listening to and honoring your body, moving with precision and grace, both within the poses and between them, great music, and a fun, sweaty workout.
“What I love most about yoga is that each class is like a new beginning — a chance to change your energy, leave your worries on the mat, find gratitude in just being able to practice that day. My goal is to teach a class that will challenge you physically and leave you energized and calm.”