Dana Schachter cMT/RYT

yoga therapy and massage therapy in marin

Dana has been working in the healing arts for close to two decades.  Always seeking deeper connection with herself and others, Dana was quite naturally drawn to the healing arts, first through massage therapy and later through yoga.  Her calm and peaceful presence coupled with a solid understanding of the body allow for deep release and restoration. She feels tremendous gratitude to work on such intimate levels with people aspiring to live a more whole, embodied life. 

Dana’s journey began in 1998 when she entered into a 1000-hour Holistic Health Practitioner Program at the Heartwood Institute in Garberville, California.  There she immersed herself in her massage studies of Swedish, Deep Tissue, Shaitsu, Polarity, Reflexology, Pre-natal and other complementary therapies.  She continues to sharpen her skills through active work in the field as well as continuing education courses.  Her training in Craniosacral Therapy with the Upledger Institute expanded her scope to include newborns, helping them to adjust to life outside the womb.  In her work as a massage therapist, Dana incorporates modalities from east and west, subtle and deep to provide the optimal treatment for each individual.

It was in massage school that Dana’s love of yoga was born, deepening her experience of the body-mind connection and furthering her understanding of the body in motion.  Her yoga practice became an integral part of her life over the next several years.  She completed her first 250-hour Vinyasa teacher training with Corina Benner, of Wake Up Yoga in Philadelphia, in the winter of 2002/03.  Dana savored her first taste of Anusara yoga in 2004, which catapulted her practice to exciting new levels. She dedicated herself to this system over the next 6 years, amassing over 1000 hours of training and going through the rigors to obtain her Anusara Certification in 2010. She now seeks to weave together the best of what she has learned, been informed and inspired by into uplifting classes that nourish and connect us to our own innate potential.  Dana credits Sianna Sherman as one of her most influential teachers whom she has trained extensively with as well as having the honor of assisting her in workshops, immersions, and teacher trainings.  She also sources inspiration from Abby Tucker, Douglas Brooks, Desiree Rumbaugh… Mother Nature and her most influential teachers to date, her daughters Sati and Dakota.  In addition to her Alignment-focused flow classes, Dana teaches Prenatal and Postpartum yoga, supporting women in this fertile time of transformation.  

In recent years Dana has chosen to hone her focus on one-on-one/private yoga classes.  She believes deeply in the power of  yoga to heal and transform and feels she can best be of service working individually to create real and lasting change.  She has assisted many individuals through the application of Therapeutic Yoga and Massage in alleviating patterns of pain, imbalance and discomfort on both physical and emotional levels.  

In her free time, Dana enjoys spending time with family, playing in nature, traveling the globe, gardening, and all sorts of crafty endeavors.