200 RYT, Yoga Instructor
Bio: From Olympic gold medalist to…yoga instructor! Gold medal-winning Olympic gymnast Dominique Moceanu is bringing her talents to a different kind of mat.
Dominique has practiced yoga since 2015. It simply started with changing up her workout routine with something different (yoga) to see if it was a good fit for her. Sure enough, yoga exceeded her expectations and she fell in love with the amazing benefits for her mind, body and spirit. Coming from the background of having been a high-level athlete, it had become hard to find an aspect of her exercise and training routine that filled that void of challenging herself…until yoga came along, and provided a structured challenge for her in a class.
In 2018, she decided to get her 200-hour RYT certificate to begin teaching yoga and sharing her experience with many. She was inspired to bring the joy and peacefulness of yoga to others. Applying her knowledge and strength from the sport of Gymnastics to the centering practice of yoga made perfect sense. Being able to thrive with the steady challenges of balance, flexibility and strength in yoga is what provided Dominique with her innovative idea to create a class that combines the elements of power yoga and gymnastics called Gym Yoga!
Considering the hustle and bustle of everyday life, yoga allowed Dominique to slow down, breathe, meditate and release stress on the mat. The amazing thing is that while practicing gymnastics may end for many, yoga doesn’t have to. It can in fact, be a seamless transition.
Yoga has inspired new spark in Dominique’s life, which has transcended into a newfound appreciation for mental clarity through meditation and yoga practice. Meditation is something she never practiced much of prior to her yoga teacher training, but it has allowed her to explore new possibilities of peacefulness and mindfulness. Yoga has been a continuous world of self-discovery. Just when Dominique thought she knew so much about herself, yoga taught her to be even more explorative and has accelerated a world of personal growth.
“Even if you’ve never tried yoga before,” explains Dominique, “I recommend giving it a try. Explore the wonders of finding yourself on the mat. It will allow you to become more self-aware and immediately feel the amazing health benefits for your mind and body.”
Dominique loves yoga so much that she wants to share it with as many individuals as possible and that is why she has built a yoga studio inside her new gymnastics center -- making it a unique facility. Check it out for yourself! Join the yoga life, and take a class with Dominique and her yogi team!
Motto: “Change is not something that we should fear. Rather, it is something that we should welcome. For without change, nothing in this world would ever grow or blossom, and no one in this world would ever move forward to become the person they’re meant to be.” –B.K.S Iyengar AND “Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” –The Bhagavad Gita
Why I love teaching yoga: I love to teach because I look forward to helping individuals find themselves on the mat and explore their fullest potential. I simply love helping others discover the wonders of yoga. The benefits are lifelong!
Fun Fact: I I love spinach feta pizza and acai bowls! I am also the youngest gymnast to ever be featured on a Wheaties box at age fourteen!