(So)(Co) Sit Down with Danielle Diamond

Over the summer, I was part of the Extraordinary Life Mastermind Group and many people in the group were talking about how amazing Periscope was. I decided to join and find out for myself. Little did I know, I was going to get absolutely hooked on this platform. I started discovering different people in the health, wellness and personal development space who had engaging content that I wanted to tune into regularly. Enter: Danielle Diamond. She 'scopes (most) Monday's, Wednesday's and Friday's at 1:08pm and I found myself shifting my schedule around so I could tune in live because I enjoyed it so much. She's as authentic as it gets - speaking about living your yoga on and off the mat. In September, I was fortunate to join hundreds of New Yorkers for Yoga in Bryant Park where Danielle taught the class. It was exciting to meet the person I had connected with via Periscope. Periscope is a powerful platform and I recommend checking out Danielle's amazing 'scopes here



How do you spend your days?

Wake up


Some sort of movement either yoga or gym

Work on personal business or consultancy developing a line of nutrition products

Hang with my kids after school, cook dinner, more family time, gratitude journal, bed

What are three things you are grateful for?

My family and friends

My health

Having a job that I absolutely love

Explain your lifestyle in 5 words or less.

Healthy, happy, service-oriented, adventurous, peaceful

If you were to attend a potluck dinner, what would you bring?

My infamous zucchini pasta with pesto and sun dried tomatoes and my gluten free chocolate cake with mocha icing

If you could gift everyone you meet with one book, what would it be and why?

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle it truly taught me the importance of living in the present and focusing on what's happening now rather than lamenting the past or worrying about the future.

What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

Brush my teeth and then meditate - non negotiable

If you could change one thing in your daily routine, what would it be? 

To have more time to just relax even more and not be on deadlines

What would it take for you to make that change?

Give up writing for publications and not work so much- but I love what I do so I put that before lying around and reading a magazine : )

What does being healthy mean to you?

Feeling confident and being healthy in my body and being positive and calm in y mind

Have you ever been faced with health concerns that pushed you to change your lifestyle? 

Yep! Just had hip surgery and I haven't been able to do yoga for six months- I used to practice every day. It's taught me so much more about life than it’s taken away. Patience, gratitude, and knowing that I am exactly where I am supposed to be right now have all been practiced more than ever.

What song can immediately change your mood in the best way possible?

Beautiful Day by U2

What is one piece of advice someone has given you that shifted your way of thinking?

My yoga mentor taught me to never teach from my own practice but to meet people where they are. This was relevant not only to teaching yoga but also nutrition and motivation and happiness concepts to my students as well.

What article of clothing/outfit do you feel most empowered wearing?

My uniform of cute wedge heels, my favorite jeans, a sparkly sequin tank and my leather motorcycle jacket.

Complete this sentence: “In order to be happy, I need to...”

Know that I already have everything I need to be.

What do you have going on in your life that you’d like to share with the (So)(Co) Community? 

8 Day Challenge and Retreat to Italy

Prior to becoming a certified teacher, Danielle Diamond stumbled upon yoga while producing fitness videos for MTV. After 12 years of practicing traditional yoga and turning 40, she noticed that while she felt better than ever, her mind and body needed more.

She looked for a modern method that combined true mind/body health but couldn’t find one. This inspired her to develop her Breathe Smile Sweat Method incorporating Xen Strength Yoga with Weights to create a modern twist on yoga that incorporates meditation, yoga, strength training, and practicing gratitude so you can become the happiest person you know.

In 2012 Danielle produced her first Xen Strength Yoga DVD, which has sold thousands of copies all over the world and was chosen as a “staff favorite” on the most influential fitness DVD site. She is currently training teachers globally in her Xen Strength Yoga with Weights method. Danielle is a regular contributor to Yahoo Beauty and The Huffington Post, and has appeared on the Today Show, Dr. Oz, and also on Shape, Yoga Journal and Self Online. She was featured in Bobbi Brown’s Pretty Powerful campaign and book, and is a featured teacher on YogaVibes and YogaDownload; she also struck a fierce Koundinyasa in the Sundance darling “Concussion.”

Danielle teaches at A-list wellness events in NYC and The Hamptons, hosted by Wellthily, Gurney’s Inn and Yoga Journal; and she speaks about wellness in the workplace at corporations such as Bobbi Brown Cosmetics.

Danielle believes that her yoga and meditation practice is the sole reason that she was able to face her biggest challenges head on: her mother’s suicide, father’s bankruptcy, emotional eating, poor body image, running her own business, and every other stress involved in raising a family. Instead of letting her story revolve around trauma and stress, living her yoga has allowed Danielle to thrive, and rewrite her story to focus on peace, happiness and teaching others to stress less, slim down, and smile more.

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