Dana Longton is an advanced practitioner and teacher of Ashtanga yoga. She has been practicing yoga daily since 2003 and teaching since 2005 under the tutelage of Gregor Maehle. She is privileged to have Graeme Northfield as a longtime mentor.
Dana is a senior teacher at 8 Limbs Ashtanga Yoga and is a Level 2 registered teacher with Yoga Australia. She teaches Philosophy and Higher Limbs modules of the 2nd and 3rd year teacher training at 8 Limbs. As well as her regular classes Dana teaches workshops locally, focusing on specialised aspects of both Asana, Pranayama and Meditation practice, and this year for the first time is taking a group up to Ubud, Bali for a week long retreat- something she hopes will become a regular annual event.
Since completing 8 Limbs 3-year Teacher Training (over 750 hours) in 2006, Dana has been committed to the ongoing formal study of Yogic Philosophy, Kriya, Pranayama, Pratyhara, Dharana and Dhyana with her teacher Gregor Maehle. She continues to dedicate much time to applying these higher limbs to make them an integral part of her every day journey.
Dana’s enthusiastic and genuine approach, her focus on attention to detail and her ability to apply this knowledge practically, makes her classes fun, informative and accessible to students of all levels. Dana's classes have a strong focus on correct alignment and technique without losing sight of the synchronicity of the breath. Passing on to students the importance of the integration of all 8 limbs into one's life rather than focusing solely on the physical practice is an aim of Dana's.
'We start yoga for many reasons and often end up staying with it for reasons other than what we had originally come for. Once the door has been opened the possibilities for growth and change are endless. This beautiful ancient practice is a chance for us to return home to the Divine within, a chance to to get out of the busy-ness of our head and reconnect with the serenity and wisdom of our heart. When we come in to our heart-space we allow for healing to occur, this process is transformative and exquisite. I am honoured and blessed to be able to share this with others.'