In 1994, Yoga Danny chose Integrative Yoga Therapy as my professional yoga-training program. The IYT program teaches the science of yoga to facilitate health and wellness in the physical body, balance and integration of the mind and emotions. This exploration is an easy and gentle traditional Hatha Yoga practice. I have combined 30 plus years of experience and all the different yoga styles to create an easy, gentle yet effective Hatha Yoga program for all levels of students. After practicing candle gazing, a visual meditation to enhance concentration and focus and the philosophy of “Bye,” a simple one letter word to quiet the “Monkey Mind,” clients tend to sleep, feel and perform better.
About Yoga Danny
I was given the name, “Yoga Danny,” by the University of Colorado football team in 2001 during my three years as their yoga instructor. I grew up in Jackson, Michigan so I support Michigan State in basketball and the University of Michigan in football. Sorry. My younger brother, Freddy who was deaf, guarded Magic in high school. It was my introduction to meeting Magic Johnson in the NBA. I attended Grand Valley State University on the university’s first scholarship for athletes in Basketball in 1967. I was hired as an assistant coach in charge of recruiting high school basketball players in and around the state of Michigan. Later I was named to the GVSU Hall Of Fame for basketball and a Laker Icon. I still own Grand Valley records in rebounds. It was at Grand Valley where I discovered Hatha Yoga and have been practicing as a student or teacher for more than 45 years.
Blue skies and mountains of Colorado attracted me to take the first women’s head coaching position at Aspen High School. We won the conference championship and finished 4th in Colorado’s first women’s State Basketball Tournament in 1975. I was “basketball gazing,” even then to enhance my player’s concentration and focus. A national Pepsi Cola commercial was filmed in Aspen for the 1976 Olympics in which I was cast to play a quarterback that ran for 2 years’ worth of residuals. It launched my move to NYC to pursue a modeling career with the Gilla Roos Agency. Scored a Schick Razor Blade commercial that took me to Sydney, Australia. Played a helicopter gunner in the Aussie movie “Spearfields Daughter.” Married an Aussie lady, had a daughter Rosie and opened a soul food restaurant, Hog Heaven Sydney. Fed Michael Jackson’s entourage rib dinners during his 1987 “BAD” tour in Sydney. Scored a sweet shirt signed, To Danny, “The Rib Man.” Thanks, Michal Jackson. Also fed Lionel Richie and Tina Turner’s bands in Sydney. Later with a Grand Valley teammate, opened a Hog Heaven Denver. Feed the NBA, NFL, MLB, and other players. Complementary rib dinner for a pair of signed sneakers. Collected over 100 pairs, 2 pairs of Michael Jordan’s shoes once upon a time. Wish I still had them today. My prize passion shoes today are Shaq’s signed, size 23, that took me 10 years to score besides being his “YOGA GUY.”
I returned to NYC to launch a national Seagram’s VO, print advertising for billboards and magazines which later appearing in Jet and Ebony magazines, Winston Cigarettes in the magazine and on billboards, Ski Magazine, Montgomery Ward’s catalog, and other print ads. Dated Broadway’s, Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Lady, Phillis Hyman who introduced me to the first black race car driver to qualify for the Indy 500, Willie “T” Ribbs. (See Uppity on Netflix)
Back to the ranch, Denver is home now. I was hired by the University of Colorado as their yoga instructor during coach Gary Barnett’s career. Coach Mike Shanahan hired me as the Broncos’ yoga instructor during his last season with the Denver Broncos. John Elway’s Arena Football League Champs yoga instructor, blah blah blah. Dabbled in the real estate business with Kentwood and Company. But, introducing people to a yoga practice, and keeping Ballers healthy is my passion. I have a private, easy and gentle yoga practice of seniors, jocks, pros, and others of all sizes and ages, corporation and private business, blah blah blah. The best Yoga 4 golf video on YouTube @yogadanny yoga 4 golf. I often practice yoga in my street clothing, representing Rockmount western wear and Nike gear.
Contact Yoga Danny
Address: Denver, CO