ERYT500 Certified Yoga Therapist and the Founder of Prema Yoga Institute
Dana Slamp, C-IAYT, ERYT500, is a Certified Yoga Therapist and the Founder of Prema Yoga Institute in New York City. She completed her 300 hour Yoga Therapy training with ISKY, an international IAYT member school. She received an Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist Certification from Dr. Mark Halpern of Sivananda Yoga in 2014, completed anatomy training with Leslie Kaminoff, Yoga Nidra training with Dr. Marc Halpern, Prenatal Teacher Training with Gurmukh, and an additional 100 hour Meditation Teacher Training with Yogi Charu.
Dana began teaching yoga in 2005, offering vinyasa classes known for their spirit, strength, and safety at Sonic Yoga, New York Yoga, Some Like it Hot, and David Barton Gym. She was delighted to join the senior staff at Pure when it first opened in New York, expanding her teaching to Restorative, Slow Flow, and Yin/Yang classes, as well as teaching in Pure’s renowned 200 hour Teacher Training and Professional Mentorship Program.
Despite her love of classes, Dana saw the great need for one-on-one, specialized therapeutic teaching in the spirit of Krishnamacharya. In 2010, she served as Managing Teacher for Pure’s second New York studio, Pure West, managing the staff of 60+ amazing teachers and assigning thousands of private specialized yoga lessons for members and guests.
Since then, she has taught internationally, contributed to countless teacher trainings, and presented in the U.S. at the Telluride Yoga Festival, Wanderlust in the City, and several times at the Yoga Journal Conference. In 2015, she was named Program Director of Yoga Vida’s 300 hr Advanced Training Program, designing the comprehensive program to include some of the leading yoga educators in New York City.
Dana is a therapeutics educator and teacher trainer at Yoga Vida, Drishti Yoga, Sonic Yoga, Ora Wellness, Three Sisters Yoga, Sequencology, and Pure Yoga. She has been honored to consult on wellness programs for clinics, doctor’s offices, condominiums, and corporations. Dana is a member of IAYT and teaches clients on an individual basis in New York City. More information at www.PremaYogaInstitute.org.
A Day in My Life:
What do you love most about Your City?
There’s so much happening in NYC that it’s hard to decide! I love how everything is at your fingertips, and you don’t need to drive a car to get where you’re going.
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
I’m addicted to the polenta fries at Candle 79, or the avocado toast at Irving Farm or the Dream Hotel – with a poached egg for protein.
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM –
I’m either on my way to teach, or sleeping.
10:00 AM –
Monday-Thursday I’m either teaching a client or a class. Friday is for catching up on emails for Prema Yoga Institute, and for one-on-one conversations with our studying teachers and therapists.
12:00 PM – Favorite Power Lunch spot/meal?
When I’m on my game, I have a home-cooked lunch between clients. I also love to grab sushi or a seasonal salad from Sweet Greens.
7:00 PM –
Teaching again! My private clients need yoga before or after work, so Monday-Thursday I am working till 8:30/9:00. This makes Friday and Saturday nights sacred to me for socializing or cooking dinner.
11:00 PM –
This is bedtime if I have an early client, another 1/2 hour of winding down if not.
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
I love one good cup of coffee in the morning, or green tea with almond milk when I don’t need to be up early. Green juice is great when I haven’t had greens, or when I feel I’m avoiding a cold. For hanging out, I’m a pretty basic glass-of-wine girl.
Most used App/Favorite
I have the inverse relationship with Instagram than most small business owners: My private account, @danapremayoga, is where I put the more flashy yoga tutorials, and @premayogainstitute is where I keep up with our students in a more cozy way.
As for apps, the Insight Timer is a great go-to for meditation. I can set it to “gong” at certain intervals for Kundalini meditations. And when I teach meditation in trainings, our cohort can practice together, and I can track student progress and practice with them.
What should everyone try at least once?
A yoga retreat. Yoga is ideal outdoors, and we so often miss that connection with the earth in the city. It’s also pretty great to explore what it’s like to be healthy on vacation instead of just overeating & overdrinking.
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
On the beach, or in the Hudson Valley hiking. Either way, you can just use the water to find your way home.