what is mindful movement?

Mindful movement is a mixture of yoga, mindfulness meditation, breathing, and relaxation exercises.  I work with my clients to calm their mind by first calming their body.  I believe that when we feel safe, confident, strong, and steady in our body our emotional well-being follows suit. 

Mindful Movement is not about fitness. It is about emotional health and well-being. My approach is collaborative and accessible so we move as much or a little as you prefer, along with talking. This may be a good fit if you are looking for support to cope with anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, or chronic stress.

A woman sits in a yoga pose with candles

we'll move together to:

  • Self-regulate
  • Manage stress
  • Feel safe
  • Feel confident and strong
  • Improve emotional awareness and acceptance
  • Increase Self-Compassion
  • Improve focus and attention to the present moment

who could benefit from mindful movement counseling?

I believe everyone could, but specifically: 

  • Children and Adults learning to manage the symptoms of Trauma, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Chronic Stress
  • Couples and families wanting to improve their healthy attachments to each other
  • Children and Adults wanting to improve and experience self-confidence and a healthy body image
A mother and daughter sit facing one another in a yoga pose
Woman sitting in a lotus position with right hand on heart chakra and left palm open in a receiving gesture.

“When I found Danelle, I was looking for someone who understood and appreciated this connection between our minds and bodies. And because the vulnerability was not something I was comfortable with, who would be open to using body movement to talk about deeper topics. We would talk first, then get into gentle movement, then when I was in a relaxed position, she would lead me through a mediation. I truly feel like I’m experiencing a deeper connection and a growing love for myself because I took this journey with my whole self.”

what is yoga calm®?

Yoga calm is yoga and mindfulness program that was developed for Children and Teens in Portland Oregon.  I have taught yoga calm in the schools, private practice, and in a wellness center.

It is the practice of: 

  • Breathing
  • Exercise
  • Meditation & Positive Thinking
  • Healthy Lifestyle
  • Relaxation

Yoga Calm teaches the Principles of:

  • Stillness – Inner Peace – Learning to Pause & Relax – Going on a Vacation in Your Mind – Self-Control & Self-Regulation
  • Listening – Developing a strong sense of self by learning to listen to the messages that come from the mind (thoughts), body (sensations), and heart (feelings).
  • Grounding – Feeling safe, steady, and connected (rooted) to the earth.  Learning to get calm and in control of ones mind and body. Being Present, Balanced, Focused.
  • Strength:
    • Physical Strength – Muscle Power – Exercise and Healthy Eating
    • Mental Strength – Brain Power – Healthy Self-Talk (How we think about ourselves) and Decision Making in challenging, stressful situations
    • Emotional Strength – Heart Power – Ability to feel, identify, and express feelings without harming oneself or others
  • Community – 4 C’s:
      • Communication (listening and expressing self)
      • Connection (relationships)
      • Cooperation (getting along and working together)
      • Compassion

request an appointment

I offer 60 minute individual, small group, and class yoga instruction for all ages as a certified Yoga Calm® instructor and Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200). This can be in collaboration with your counseling or to introduce you or your group to the healthy mind/body practice of yoga.

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