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Hello, I’m
Daniel Sannito (they/them)

Trans, non-binary activist, educator, and yoga facilitator

Daniel (they/them) is a 500-hr E-RYT based in Charlotte, NC. Daniel moves through this world as a trans, non-binary activist, educator, and facilitator of yoga and meditation. They are one of the 7 co-founders of the Trans Yoga Project, a group of wellness educators committed to creating equitable and affirming spaces for trans and queer communities.
Daniel completed their first yoga teacher trainings nearly 10 years ago and, like many, experienced profound healing through deepening their connection to Self. In this space of healing, Daniel found liberation and full expression in their gender, identity, and community.

Rooted in heart-forward practice in all aspects of their life, Daniel dedicates their voice to creating welcoming and affirming spaces for all humans to explore and connect to their own hearts deeply and fully. Alongside their yoga asana and meditation classes, Daniel leads workshops and trainings focused on education to support those learning how to best hold space for LGBTQIAP individuals.

Ultimately, their goal in sharing this practice, this education, and their story is to cultivate a space where any and all students are able to dive a little bit deeper into themselves and embrace their true nature. Their hope is to offer more peace, joy, and ease in your practices on and off the mat, every single day.

Stay connected with Daniel on Instagram: @danielsannito_ or visit their website at danielsannito.com to learn more about them and their offerings.

Articles

Rear view of group of people doing Yoga meditation exercises on a terrace.
Mind-Body Health

Self-Care as Community Care, Community Care as Self-Care

As humans, we have an innate desire to connect and to belong. We aren’t designed to carry everything we experience alone. We’re built to be in community, to support and uplift one another. Somewhere along the lines, it became glorified to do everything alone. We’ve been taught that asking for support is a sign of weakness and that when we operate with the least amount of support possible we are stronger or more capable. This trickles into every facet of our world and starts to affect the ways we care for ourselves and our communities.

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Close up of meditation in park at sunrise.
Meditation

Embrace the Power of Nurturing Yourself

We’re faced, every day, with stress, anxiety, and an overwhelming amount of stimuli. Our bodies, our minds, and our spirits absorb each of our experiences and store all of them in some capacity. With so much tension being held in our space, the commitment to engage in daily practices rooted in compassion, love, tenderness, and gratitude can be pivotal parts of our healing.

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Back of person overlooking mountain view with fall leaves
Yoga

Practices for Steadiness and Presence

In the same way that we see leaves fall away from the trees, this season is the time for us to shed some of the clutter we’ve picked up over the course of this past year. We’re well into Vata season by now and this airy energy tends to leave us feeling as if we are a part of the fallen leaves, drifting in the wind. Both fortunately and unfortunately, this feeling is completely normal. If you’re experiencing anything that feels overwhelming or ungrounding, you are not alone.

Daniel Sannito (they/them)
Person resting in a hammock with a cup of tea
Meditation

Navigating Mental Health During Season Changes

As we come up on nearly 20 months of existing with a global pandemic, the holiday season approaching, and demands of everyday work and life persisting, navigating mental health can feel impossible. All of us are low on capacity, the reality is we all need more than any one of us can give. Because of these fluctuations in capacity, building a network and finding supportive practices might look a lot different this season than they have in the past.

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Surfer seated at edge of the water on a sandy beach
Yoga

Asana Flow Inspired by Water to Bring On Transformation

We live in a world that is largely created using straight lines, boxes, and sharp angles. We see it in the steel frame of a new building being built, in the grid structure of big city streets, even on our highways, outlined in colors and dashed lines. It’s no wonder we crave routine in our daily lives, the world we live in guides us towards structure at every turn. When we get caught up in structure and hard lines it’s easy to forget the natural ebb and flow that we embody.

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