YOGA TEACHER TRAINING FACULTY
Danielle Fowler, M.A., E-RYT 500
Danielle is director and lead instructor of True Nature School of Yoga, where she blends her passion for teaching and learning to inspire in-depth study and practice of Yoga. She has taught Yoga classes for 17 years in a variety of settings including yoga studios, corporations, non-profit organizations and schools, and has been the co-owner of two successful studios, Yoga Vista (2005-2009) and Yoga Oceanside (2010 to present). Danielle’s unique teaching style is inspired by her extensive training with renowned Yoga centers such as Mount Madonna and the Himalayan Institute, and masterful teachers such as Donna Farhi, Roger Cole, Judith Hanson Lasater, Nischala Joy Devi, and Rolf Sovik. Her pilgrimages to India, the Motherland of Yoga, have embedded her into a spiritual lineage of the tradition which shines through in her sincere approach to sharing Yoga with others.
Danielle’s teaching is also shaped by her extensive experience in the education and training field. She is a facilitator for AmeriCorps*VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America), has served as a MiraCosta College Instructor, and has created numerous professional development courses for corporate, government, and community-based clients. She uses her expertise as a facilitator to create learning experiences that emphasize personal growth, self-reflection, group process, enriching discussion, and hands-on experience. Her instructional style helps students evolve into compassionate, competent, and confident yoga teachers, as she inspires and empowers her students to find the teacher within.
Danielle is honored to be a graduate of the inaugural class of the Master of Arts Degree Program in Yoga Studies at Loyola Marymount University.
View Danielle’s teaching schedule at www.YogaOceanside.com
Meet the Guest Faculty
Melanie Wassman, E-RYT 500
Originally from Hawaii, Melanie moved to California in 1996 and began to explore different styles of Yoga. She was infinitely inspired, and loved how each of her teachers had something unique to offer the beautiful tapestry of Yoga. Wanting to take her practice and understanding further, she became a registered yoga teacher through True Nature School of Yoga in 2008. Since then, Melanie has taught yoga in hospitals, schools, Yoga studios, and on the road for touring musicians. She is a certified Street Yoga teacher, and now volunteers her time sharing the transformative benefits of yoga with homeless and at-risk youth at the Oceanside chapter of Stand Up For Kids. She strongly believes in, and has directly observed in herself and her students, the great potential of yoga to relieve stress, help heal our bodies by igniting the immune system and create a more loving and compassionate outlook on life. Her passion for Yoga and its healing properties led to an in depth study of anatomy and physiology. Currently, she is working towards her HHP (Holistic Health Practitioner) degree with a focus on Ayurveda, Therapeutic Massage, and Herbology. Most recently, she completed certification in Clinical Nutrition. Melanie is co-owner of Yoga Oceanside, sharing her vision, passion for yoga, and aloha with the community.
Leslie Denny, E-RYT 500
Leslie Denny is a yoga and fitness instructor who has been practicing in the Oceanside, California area for over fifteen years. Her qualifications include the E-RYT 500, registered through the Yoga Alliance, 200-hour training through YogaFit and advanced studies through the True Nature School of Yoga, of which she is a faculty member. Leslie is a member of the Advisory Committee for Standards with Yoga Alliance and has successfully mentored and trained many yoga instructors. In her previous role as a Master Instructor with 24 Hour Fitness, she developed yoga workshops that were implemented successfully nationwide. Leslie has brought yoga to many diverse groups: cancer patients at Scripps in La Jolla, California, struggling teens at the YMCA and the Wounded Warriors Battalion West Marines at Camp Pendleton. She also co-developed the KOCT series, “Health and Harmony Yoga” which can be seen on Oceanside community channel. One of her specialties in yoga is a therapeutic approach with postures and the use of therapeutic balls for the purpose of myofascial release and self-massage. She is a strong believer that, through meditation and yoga, we can all find peace where we least expect it.
Nischala Joy Devi
Nischala Joy Devi is a masterful teacher and healer. For many years she has been highly respected as an international advocate for her innovative way of expressing Yoga and its subtle uses for spiritual growth and complete healing. Her dynamic delivery and deep inner conviction empower each individual, allowing the teachings to expand beyond boundaries and limitations of any one tradition enabling her to touch people’s hearts. She was graced to spend over 25 years as a monastic disciple with the world renowned Yogiraj Sri Swami Satchidanandaji, receiving his direct guidance and teachings. She also was blessed with teachings from great Yoga masters in US, India and worldwide. Originally trained in Western medicine, she began to blend western medicine with Yoga, offered her expertise in developing the yoga portion of The Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease, and co-founded the award-winning Commonweal Cancer Help Program. Her book “The Healing Path of Yoga,” and her Abundant WellBeing Audio Series expresses these teachings. With her knowledge of yoga and her experience in assisting those with life-threatening diseases (particularly people with heart disease and cancer), she created Yoga of the Heart®, a training and certification program for Yoga teachers and health professionals designed to adapt Yoga practices to the special needs of that population. She is now dedicated to bringing the Feminine back into spirituality and the scriptures, in her book, The Secret Power of Yoga, a woman’s guide to the heart and spirit of the Yoga Sutras and Secret Power of Yoga Audio book Nautilus Book Silver Award Winner 2009!