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Cara D'Anello

Yoga Instructor, RYT-200

"First, see the good." This is something I always come back to in my yoga practice or when instructing a class. We tend to get caught up with the busy mind that we forget to thank ourselves for simply showing up to our mat. I base my practice on self-compassion and self-discovery. This is something that I have only come to value through meditation and mindfulness. As a child, I was introduced to meditation while studying martial arts and recognized the power of breath. Throughout high school I explored yoga in the form of asana and found this to not only nourish my body but my self-esteem. Once I went to college at the University of Vermont, I learned more about my relationship with yoga. At points, I did not have a healthy mindset nor relationship with my body. Yoga along with my passion for nutrition has taught me to find balance in all things that bring me happiness. Currently, I am in my dietetic internship and masters program at Tufts University at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy to become a registered dietitian. I am passionate about helping those with eating disorders and counseling people on cultivating a healthy relationship with food.

In my senior of undergrad (May 2016), I received my 200-hr yoga certification through the University of Vermont. I enjoy telling a story in the beginning of class and connecting it to a theme for that class. Music has always been an important part of my practice and for that reason I love practicing with music in the background. My classes focus on flowing with breath while paying attention to alignment.

When I'm not practicing yoga, I love to cook, explore the craft beer scene, listen to music, enjoy the outdoors, and spend time with family & friends. "Live what you love"-my bracelet says it all.