We had the good fortune of connecting with danica Lynch and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi danica, how does your business help the community?
Social impact: how does my business help the community or the world? That is a wonderful question.

Imagine walking into a room of school students that just experienced a level of trauma due to a school shooting. The room is full and all eyes are staring right at you, some eyes full of fear and some completely disconnected as if you presently did not exist. In that moment you invite everyone to just bring awareness to the breath, can you notice where your inhale settles within the body, if its comfortable place your hand upon the area you notice the expansion of the inhale and as you exhale can you just notice what that feels like. All of a sudden eyes and body’s begin to settle just after a few minutes and you can personally begin to ground and find resonance.

Next you invite the students to just notice the feet, the legs, the back and the placement of the hands. This continues for what seems like hours but is only minutes but the tension, the curiosity begins to settle and you can sense the students finding ease.
Now, the teaching of mindful movement begins, bodies start to move through gentle yoga poses and this continues for approximately 20 minutes until the class settles back into a grounded seated pose in which together we come back into the awareness of our breath and notice what we feel or sense.
Many of the disconnected eyes now seem to have engaged, many eyes filled with tears and some eyes are full of smiles. As you finalize the class and begin to walk out, a group of students and parents come up to say “Thank You”. In my heart that is creating social impact, a change has happened.

I am the owner of a boutique yoga shala “Yoga Yoga” in Santa Clarita, CA. This beautiful tucked away yoga shala has been open for 26 years and is full of amazing teachers. Collectively together we have been of service to our students and the community in so many wonderful ways. From teaching yoga class to hosting yoga festivals in our valley to raise funds for organizations has been something we enjoy doing which in return has helped make significant social impact upon our community.

As a Yoga Shala owner, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) & Yoga Guide, community engagement is something I am extremely passionate about. Teaching the many branches of yoga within the yoga shala, we as teachers also teach outside the shala in our community by providing mindful practices in our local school districts, universities, Homeless shelter and in rehabilitation & recovery. Also taking time to educate on topics such as trauma, regulation of the nervous system and reslilience by facilitating programs for educators, teachers, clinicians and students, I like to think that by serving our community with education and compassion it does help to create a positive change in someones life.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am the happy owner of Yoga Yoga in Santa Clarita, Ca and I work as a Somatic Experiencing practitioner and Yoga Guide. I love to teach mindful movement yoga classes to all the amazing students inside the yoga shala and I am especially passionate about teaching the wisdom of the brain, mind and body through the lense of somatic experiencing and yoga, a bit of east and west/ philosophy and science. I am most proud about continuing to follow my hearts passion of serving with compassion. I have been a teacher for over a decade and as my education and knowledge grew, so did I. I am the creator of ” Embodying Wellness” a program I design for different environments facilitating and training about the Brain, mind & body teaching about trauma, resiliency, the hierarchy of the nervous system & brain providing tools and techniques for self regulation ranging from students in junior high & high schools, educators, teachers, staff members and clinicians.

I love what I do and continue to have compassion for all those I serve

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Ojai and Joshua tree

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Roshi Joan Halifax of Upaya Institute and Zen Center Nicole Feast of Bridge to Home
Maggie Kline author of book ” Brain changing strategies to trauma proof our schools”

Website: https://danicalynch.com

Instagram: yogayogascv and danicajlynch

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YogaYogaSCV. https://www.facebook.com/danica.lynch.5/

Image Credits
bridge to home for the catching the wonderful photo of drum circle we created at our local shelter

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