Meet our teachers!
Danielle Graham is a Yoga Alliance Registered 200 Hour Yoga Teacher (RYT-200). Danielle is committed to creating and offering spaces for healing and presence through yoga, breath, meditation and sound. She is equally committed to creating and teaching in spaces that are diversely represented, universally accessible and inclusive of all people of every hue and body type, specifically people of color. Being an abundantly curvaceous yogi herself, she embraces that yoga is for every body and is a unique practice for every body. Danielle is also particularly drawn to infusing live sound and spoken word in yoga and meditation practice. She believes these rituals help to cultivate mindful connections and communion with self and others. As a yoga teacher, Danielle’s teaching centers around practices of stillness that include meditation, as well as; yin and restorative yoga. She is an advocate of rest and stillness. Now practicing for over eight years, these practices have been her balm to life’s unfolding transitions and transformations.
“I had tried a lot of other types of mentally calming things like going to church, counseling, self-help books, and talking to my friends,” she says. “Yoga seemed like it would work because I didn’t see anything else working.” Daphne soon discovered that yoga had its advantages.
“I practice yoga every day” says Daphne. “I practice alone and in a class, because yoga is not a destination. It literally is a practice. It’s something that you do, and it’s strictly for you. It’s not for anyone else. The more you do, the better you get. The physical fitness through yoga is actually a by-product of the emotional calmness and the focus you gain just by listening to your instructor, listening to your body, listening to the breathing, paying attention to yourself, going inward to get the power that you need, and yet having a power greater than yourself, even focusing in on the God that you serve. You know, whatever is greater than you. All of this focus is necessary just to be able to put one foot in front of the other.” From Huffington Post
Namaste yogis! I have been a student of various forms of yoga since 2013 but became certified in vinyasa from Chagrin Yoga in June of 2015. Though I am able to deliver a power-based class, my passions lie with restorative and slow-flow. Enough of the world is hustle and bustle so we all could use more time to slow down and check in with ourselves. I seek to reach the hearts of many by ensuring them yoga is truly for everybody; no matter your range of ability, background or knowledge, yoga meets you where you are. My teaching style remains true to the translation of "yoga,” and unifies body, mind, and spirit while providing a safe and gentle environment. I welcome students with an open mind while striving to grow with and through them.
My yoga journey began when I checked out a beginners yoga VHS tape from the public library. I loved the gentle moments of yoga and was intrigued by the idea of “using my breath”. After checking out stacks of yoga books and videos, I was ready to try the $5 yoga class offered at my community center. This class did not disappoint! I left feeling euphoric and wanting more!
Since that first class, I’ve visited many studios and explored many different branches of yoga. I love all yoga, but my personal favorite is yin and restorative. I find the more gentle styles of yoga help to balance my busy mind.
I decided to pursue a 200 hour yoga teaching certificate because I want to share the happiness that is yoga. If you ever find yourself in one of my classes, expect encouragement to breathe deeply and let go. It is my wish that everyone leaves my class feeling centered and peaceful. Namaste.
Mashell Lawson is a yoga teacher trainee. She initially went to training because she wanted to get a better understanding of yoga as she addressed her stress and anxiety. During her journey, she learned to fall in love with herself, daily, and simply breath through every moment of life. Through her reflections, she remembered the discomfort of her initial experience with yoga.
In 2013, Mashell tried some yoga classes at both a local yoga studio and a franchise gym. No one spoke, not even the teacher, and there was no one who looked like her – a plus-sized curvy woman of color. After a couple of times at each place, she never went back and simply put the idea of yoga out of her head, thinking that maybe yoga wasn’t for her. At the time, she thought it was focused on gaining flexibility, so she just found other activities to do.
Fast forward to 2018 the stress and anxiety began to affect her daily life. She still didn’t know much about yoga, but she knew that it could help her cope, so she found a program & studio that was warm and welcoming, then she enrolled in yoga teacher training. Mashell decided to enroll in a YTT program (instead of simply practicing) because she didn’t want to just “do” yoga – she wanted to understand it. Through the training, she fell in love with the emotional transformation she was making and her ability to cope in a healthy manner.
Her lightbulb went off! Although she’d initially enrolled in YTT for personal reasons, she had a desire to add value to the community. Her experiences made her want to offer an inclusive space that was safe – a space where practitioners felt comfortable, welcome, supported. She wanted women to see someone who looks like them at the front of the room. That’s when she decided to teach and travel the journey with others as they find their inner peace and balance.
Dr. Natalie J. Migoni
While in chiropractic school in 2008, Natalie first fell in love with yoga by practicing Bikram style. Although initially the physical aspect of the practice was her main focus, she soon came to realize how much inner peace it brought her as well.
After graduating chiropractic school and completing an internship with the Cleveland Clinic, Natalie began private practice on the west side of Cleveland. After eight years of practice that encompassed chiropractic, deep tissue massage, therapeutic exercise and nutritional counseling, she recognized a need for greater access to yoga for the general population but especially those dealing with the aches and pains of daily living that brought them to her office.
Frequently, Natalie heard patients say they were too intimidated to try yoga or that they were not flexible enough for yoga. For those reasons and more, she began and completed her 200 hour YTT with Ylonda Rosenthal-Greene's Awake to my Soul with the intention of developing a teaching style that made her classes inviting and approachable to all. She hopes that whether it's your first class or your hundredth, you'll meet her on the mat!
When I began practicing yoga in 2015, I was looking to access the physical benefits such as flexibility, balance and strength. I didn’t realize that yoga is more than just a physical way of being. With ongoing and consistent practice, I began to notice a shift in my outlook and perception of people, places and situations. Not only was my body undergoing a transformation but also my mind and spirit. I was creating and fostering the ability to be flexible with calm to changing situations and gaining inner balance and inner strength. I have found that my daily practice has truly changed every aspect of my life in someway and brings continuous opportunities to discover some new piece of myself that I had not considered before.
The enlightenment that came from yoga created a desire in me to deepen my understanding and practice of yoga, which is why I completed my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in March 2019 at Cleveland Yoga. The best yoga teachers are those who keep an open mind to continue to learn.
My passion is to help others feel their best by supporting the body, mind and spirit through yoga. I strive to create a safe and all inclusive space for everyone to explore, practice and understand yoga. I emphasize the importance of mindful movement, creating empowerment and exploring possibility by being present and physical on your mat.
We are Daybreak Yoga
We teach a variety of yoga styles to meet the needs of our varied yoga community.
Every BODY can do yoga!
Through sharing, encouragement, and open mindedness, Daybreak Yoga creates a safe space for ALL individuals.