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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

Person taking a break from work to practice neck stretches
Yoga

7 Quick Practices to Refresh and Reset at Work

Out of all the environments we explore on a weekly basis, we show up to our workspaces perhaps most frequently. That might be a home office as the shift to virtual workspaces has been abundant in the past few years, or you might be transitioning back to an office or in-person setting. Whatever your workspace looks like, often when you arrive there it’s assumed that the only thing we can do is our work function. Which means that self-care sits on the back burner as we prioritize our production.

Daniel Sannito (they/them)
A person standing on a summit looking at the Milky Way galaxy
Meditation

Discovering Your Essence Through the Five Koshas

The five koshas are the pathway to the deepest layers of ourselves. When we embark upon any journey to and through ourselves, we are taking a journey through these layers of existence. Each of these layers is seen as a veil that has been created for us to develop deeper understanding, to examine, and ultimately to transcend as we find our way back to our truest Self.

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Two hands holding one hand in comfort
Mind-Body Health

Creating Support During Difficult Times

For nearly three years we have endured levels of stress, uncertainty, and fear in unprecedented amounts. We quickly became familiar with mask mandates, sheltering in place, social distancing, and a new virtual life. As we’ve familiarized ourselves with these new terms that shape the way we live, we’ve settled into entirely new ways of being.

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Personal Growth

Transforming Balance into Harmony

Finding balance often equates to holding two things next to each other and trying to bring them into an equilibrium of sorts. When we try to conjure up a visual representation of what balance means, likely the first thing to come to mind is a scale or some variation of linear representation with two opposing sides. The balance, of course, would be when each endpoint, or side of the scale, is in line with the other.

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Portrait outdoors of a young Black woman smiling at sunset
Yoga

Embodying Gratitude Through Asana

Coming to my mat has always been a space to surrender, a space where I take time to connect with myself. It was on my mat that I first learned what it felt like to embody gratitude as a way of being rather than an external expression. So frequently gratitude is expressed outward, where we thank those around us or recall the things we feel blessed to be surrounded by. External practice is a deeply valuable and important mode of the expression of gratitude, and a practice of gratitude can be so much more.

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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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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.

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