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Our Story

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Our Story 2019-05-27T07:28:30+00:00

At PranaYoga we honor the essence of yoga while merging the modern day research of yoga therapy for moving from surviving to thriving.

Our Story

The word Prana means vitality or “aliveness.”

As a youth, our founder Dani(Vani), suffered with chronic allergies, asthma, and digestive issues. As a young adult she developed eating disorders, anxiety, and depression. At the age of 16 she discovered healthy eating to help with some of her physical ailments and yoga as an alternative method to treating her mental/emotional symptoms. Eventually she was able to rely on yoga therapy and ayurveda to stop and reverse the progression of all of these mindbody illnesses.

Dani went on to become one of the first 200 hour certified yoga teachers in the area, work for neurosurgeon, Dr. Kachmann and continue her training in yoga therapy and ayurveda. Since then she has developed her own method of teaching, Sattva Vinyasa and published The Path of Joyful Living, October 2018 recording some of her struggles and the mindfulness methods that have helped her and others heal. Sattva Vinyasa method is an alchemy of ayurveda, therapeutics of movement and breath, and she trains other professional yoga teachers in this form to be intelligent yoga teachers and movers.

Her Sattva Yoga Therapy Program, was one of the first 25 accredited yoga therapy programs in the world, by the International Association of Yoga Therapy. Vani has been a master healer to many individuals working with her through personal ayurveda and yoga therapy sessions and a master teacher trainer to yoga teachers. Her students go on to be some of the most successful teachers and yoga therapists in the industry.

What makes Vani unique in the yoga industry, is her expertise through 24 years of yoga study and compassion as having walked through the doors of physical and mental health illness to increased vitality and “aliveness” that she is committed to sharing with others personally or to train teachers to carry this art and science to those who are suffering.

 

DANI “VANI” MCGUIRE

Founder, Teacher Trainer, Yoga Therapist, Ayurvedic Health Educator, E-RYT500, C-IAYT

Vani (Dani’s Given name through Integral Yoga) has practiced yoga since 1995, having studied Integral and Tantric Yogas, Ayurveda, Yoga Therapy, Prana Vinyasa, and Ashtanga. Her teaching is an alchemy of eastern philosophy and modern living. Using both life and practice as a way of inspiring self-awakening, love, and devotion. She is creator of Sattva Vinyasa and Sattva Therapy regenerative practices. Vani has published several yoga videos, as well as mini-online classes for your Ayurvedic constitution. She is the author of The Path of Joyful Living: Cultivating Mindful Action through Yoga. She is the founder of the PranaYoga Foundation, our sister foundation that offers free yoga to people living with cancer and chronic illnesses. Dani leads teacher trainings and workshops at conferences and studios around the world, as well as offering yoga therapy and ayurveda at her Institute in Fort Wayne IN.

+ Teacher Trainer
+ Yoga Therapist
+ Ayurvedic Health Educator
+ Life and Birth Doula

 

What our students are saying.

” I appreciate Pranayoga for its focus on wellness and keeping yoga true to its nature, not exercise, but a practice. ”
~Lori Bower

“My digestion is great and I feel well. I really feel more balanced than I have in over 20 years.”

~Ann, Fort Wayne

Pranayoga has made such a difference in my practice. I have enjoyed being there so much. The teachers have all been knowledgeable and experienced.
~Bob, Fort Wayne

Pranayoga has inspired so many and has shown many people the light that resides in them.  I thank you for doing the same in my life. I am very excited to see the future that unfolds in all of our lives. I am so grateful that my path has crossed with Prana’s. I look forward to seeing them intertwine even more.
~Kole, Fort Wayne

Being 57 years old and having health issues, it’s wonderful to be given the opportunity to practice within my own personal space without judgement or ridicule from the teacher. This allows me to be able to practice regardless of the mood (and/or physical ability) I enter the studio with, and thus enables my process to naturally unfold in a safe and non-defensive environment. This is important to me as it probably is true for others whether they realize it or not, especially considering that I’m about 40% hearing impaired. This school is also helping me recapture my youthful flexibility, health, and mental sharpness.
~Marc, Fort Wayne

 I have been so impressed with everyone that I have had the pleasure to meet. The experiences at Pranayoga are what I call, ahhhh moments. When I take a deep breath, let the air out slowly, all the stress of the day slowly flows out of my body, and I feel at peace with the world. You are providing a much needed service to the community.
~Andra, Fort Wayne

There is a good selection of classes to choose from. Everyone should be able to find a class that fits their style and particular needs. I have had nothing but wonderful experiences.
~Marcia, Fort Wayne

Best Classes. Best Facilities. Great location!!
~Eve, Fort Wayne

I love my experience at Pranayoga! Thank you! You have totally changed my life.
~Emily, Fort Wayne