In 2003, Daniel decided to become certified as a Tae Bo instructor through Billy Blanks. His weekend training and natural abilities in Tae Bo led him the opportunity to teach several classes at the Billy Blanks World Training Center in Sherman Oaks, CA. Daniel was a natural at teaching kickboxing, however; his heart and mind was still with Power Yoga. He persevered towards deepening his own personal practice as well as becoming a better instructor to his yoga students. In 2004 he decided to teach his first yoga class in the waiting room of his old martial arts instructor’s business. Although he only had a few hundred feet to work with, his classes grew rapidly; within a month he was forced next door to the main martial arts studio to accommodate the growing number of students. After three months of paying rent at the martial arts studio, Daniel decided to rent his own space about a block and a half away.
While Daniel was getting his first studio up and running, the Billy Blanks World Training Center contacted him about being part of the cast for the taping of Billy’s newest Tae Bo DVD home workouts. Daniel joined the team of members and helped in the making of eight different DVD workouts for Billy Blanks. Later that year, Daniel was approached by some of his yoga students who belonged to a professional acrobat company. They asked him to try out with the knowledge of his unique abilities. Daniel joined the company and began training with aerial ribbons, Chinese poles and human structural movements. Within three months of training Daniel was ready for his first aerial ribbon performance, a cancer benefit “Hope Takes Flight”, in Pittsburgh, PA. Daniel continued performing shows all across the country throughout 2004 and 2005.
In the spring of 2005, Daniel was running his first studio with great success. He later decided to upgrade to a studio three times the size on the other side of the building. Shortly later, Daniel left for Taluum, Mexico for three weeks to be certified by his personal favorite yoga instructor, Brian Kest. Soon after Daniel returned from Mexico, he was asked to teach for the La Fitness Jam convention in Orange County, Ca. He taught a master Power Yoga class as well as a master kickboxing class. At this time he also decided to start teaching at one of Bryan Kest’s Power Yoga studios in Santa Monica, Ca. He continued teaching three classes a week in Santa Monica through 2006.
In 2005 Daniel met his wife, Shawna. The connection was so powerful that it truly changed his life and they married a short time later. By finding Shawna, he feels that his life now has a deeper happiness and peace that he has never felt before; the relationship is the ultimate yoga practice in finding harmony with the love of his life. Shawna made it her mission to help Daniel rebuild The Yoga Room and re-define the business structure. Shawna wanted to reach out to the community and share her love for Power Yoga with all. Like Daniel, Shawna also has a background in martial arts and kick boxing. She has earned her 200hr Yoga Alliance Teaching certification, as well as 60hr Advanced Power Yoga training with Brian Kest. Shawna debuted in a series of yoga videos with Rudy Mettia. She now dedicates her time to assisting with the business and building our retail section. She is a dedicated Mommy of two and lately finds herself busy at home with dirty diapers.