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  • Writer's pictureDayna Culwell

Welcome to my blog! Yoga by Dayna #yoga, #yogapractice

Thank you for checking us out! Each week you will learn a bit about Yoga philosophy as well as inspiring stories to move you forward in your intention. Who am I? I was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Tx. I graduated dual major at Trinity University. I enjoyed 25 years as a Pharmaceutical Sales Rep for Bristol Myers Squibb. Currently, I am remarried after watching my love of life suffer and die from pancreatic cancer. Bill Culwell came into my life as a blessing and as a major adjustment (ha!) Now I am a step mother and a grandmother and am feeling abundantly blessed. I am also blessed by my sister Debra (lead singer of Debra Watson and the Smokin' Aces) and my 3 brothers, John, Jeff, and Dan. As a yoga therapist & instructor, I have over 1,500 hours of training plus 9 years experience in teaching yoga to groups and one-to-one. My style is based on two principles, regaining better posture (for relieving pain and renewing confidence) and deep stretch (for recovery of injuries, surgery, or simply an hour to give your mind a rest while your body moves slowly and deliberately in poses designed to lubricate your joints and stretch deep muscle fibers).

Here's a quick pic of me. Hopefully, you cannot see the scoliosis in my spine. If it weren't for the healing benefits of yoga therapy, no telling where I would be today. Nothing has helped me overcome pain from sciatica and periformis pain like yoga has. I am including nerve block injections and steroid shots in this comparison.


Happy Easter, Happy Passover, and Happy Ramadan. Whatever your faith is, if it is manifested by loving yourself and helping others, believing in a higher power, and having faith in the good of others, I am with you.

This year, I had the wonderful opportunity to sing for Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday services. I have never seen our church parish so crowded with all sorts of folks. A year ago, due to the horrific storms throughout Austin and neighboring communities, we crammed into our Activity Center for all of the services. Our church had flooded, walls had crumbled, furniture was destroyed. To me, this year felt like we were all coming home. Whatever your faith may be, I hope you were able to participate in some capacity. Many services were available with streaming services. I listened to Cardinal Dolan in New York City at St. Patricks’ on the way to Easter service today. His voice sounded a bit raspy from all of the services he’d already done! I know that our choir director of Emmaus Parish, Heather Smith, and our pianist, Ibraim, gave countless hours of their time these last weeks. I would like to send out positive energy to them and to all those who gave of their time to make the recent celebrations successful.

Not everyone is able to celebrate. Together, can we breathe in life and breathe out strength and love to all those whose lives are torn apart in the Ukraine? Can we send out love to random people all over this world who are hurting in some capacity? Is it YOU that needs extra love and support right now? If so, breathe in our compassion and love right this moment. Be kind to yourself.

This week is filled with energetic Perfect Posture Yoga classes as well as slow moving, healing, Delicious Deep Stretch Yoga classes. Never feel intimidated to try any of these classes, either with me in person, or through the Mindbody platform. These classes will challenge you without ever embarrassing you. It is my intent to push us forward in our journey towards whatever intention we set. We are NOT about looking cool for a YouTube or Facebook video. The biggest challenge that I see is getting your account set up on Mindbody. Take it slow.

Setting up a Mindbody account

  • A Mindbody account is automatically created when your clients create an account in the Mindbody app, branded app, or If your clients have used any of these apps in the past, then they already have an account.


Two quotes

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

Mindfulness meditation doesn't change life. Life remains as fragile and unpredictable as ever. Meditation changes the heart's capacity to accept life as it is.

— Sylvia Boorstein, psychotherapist and Buddhist teacher

Yoga by Dayna schedule THIS week

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