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About YOD
A Story of Transformation
About       |          What Makes YOD Different          Mission          Core Values          Meet Danielle          Education & Training          History & Timeline
What makes YOD different than traditional yoga?

YOD is a revolutionary yoga practice that goes beyond traditional formats and combines meditation, optimal alignment, and high intensity training (HIIT). Allowing you to find your edge to empower a sense of awakening.

What makes YOD different than traditional yoga?

YOD is a revolutionary yoga practice that goes beyond traditional formats and combines meditation, optimal alignment, and high intensity training (HIIT). Allowing you to find your edge to empower a sense of awakening.

YOD MISSION
To channel personal thriving by creating a consistent practice that empowers mind, body, and spirit for anyone determined for a more conscious, heart-center approach in one’s own life and beyond.
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YOD CORE VALUES

We believe in presence.
Taking action now is the only moment and pathway to freedom.

We believe in taking responsibility.
You can change your thoughts, to create your actions, to create your world.

We believe we are all connected.
When we are in the presence of generous listening, we can communicate from our heart.

We believe in a growth mindset.
We believe in awakening.
You can enter a space of timelessness, play, and magic.

We believe in truth.
Only good and growth will come of all situations.

We believe everyone can heal.
We believe in optimizing harmony.
We believe in purposeful contribution and service.
When we are connected with truth, faith, and universal oneness, we can truly show up to serve one another. 

Meet Danielle Jokinen
YOD Yoga Founder
YOD began as a dream...
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I used to teach A LOT of yoga classes. (I still do!)

But back then - teaching was all I did - and it was soo much, to an unhealthy degree.

I would teach in my sleep - no joke!  I would wake up teaching Sun Salutations to the ceiling.

Here's the thing...

During this time of relentless teaching, I noticed a common problem with my students...

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The problem with traditional yoga.
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Most of the time, I noticed, people struggle to get into the proper positions, and they suffer for it!

Rather than finding health and freedom through yoga, they get frustrated and sore.

Having personally felt the healing empowerment of yoga - I desperately wanted my students to find the same freedom and wellness in their lives.  

This was my realization - I wanted to teach my students how to fully engage with their body consciously in the moment.

I wanted the students in my community to move with clarity and intention so they could maximize the health benefits in body, mind, and spirit.

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Traditional yoga tells you how to move and breathe, but I wanted to bring it to the next level.
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I wanted my students to know why it mattered.

This way, they could become aware of their movement in the present. By using intentional action, they could maximize the body's natural healing benefits.

But I didn't stop there.

After my students learned about intentional movement, I decided to pick up the intensity.

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I added a section to the YOD routine that put a body in hyper-drive.
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We tested the limits in mind, body, and spirit to empower a sense of awakening.

This burst of intentional energy would help students lose weight, reduce fat, repair injuries, and challenge their comfort zones.

The YOD method was birthed in this teamwork with those students, and the transformational energy was evident.

Together, we felt like we created something magically impactful that we couldn't otherwise do alone.

This is the core of YOD.

And that's the spirit I want to share across the globe in yoga studios everywhere.


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Join the Movement
YOD is more than yoga - we’re a community.
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YOD History Timeline
The Journey of Transformative Growth

Opened First Yoga Studio

  • October 13, 2013
  • Danielle opened MN Power Yoga in Uptown Minneapolis.
  • This experience stimulated her to combine the experiences and methodologies she learned into what would eventually get called YOD.
Taught First YOD Level 1
  • March 20, 2015
  • Danielle taught her first iteration of YOD Level 1 to two curious seekers wanting to learn and teach her new yoga method.
First YOD Facilitator Training
  • January 2017
  • Danielle taught YOD instructors to do what she does, to facilitate YOD Level 1 and teach others to do the same.
First YOD Level 2 & 3
  • August 2017 1st YOD Level 2
  • December 2017 1st YOD Level 3
YOD Returns to Kenya
  • March 2020
  • YOD Facilitators returned to Kenya to teach YOD Levels 1 & 2. 
  • Over 100 students participated and became certified YOD Instructors.
YOD was born
  • February 1, 2014
Danielle Travels to Kenya
  • March 2016
  • In partnership with the nonprofit Africa Yoga Project, Danielle went to Kenya to facilitate a 200-hr teacher training.
  • Around 100 students participated in her classes. They loved the YOD method she had to share.
YOD Goes to Kenya
  • February 2018
  • Four YOD Facilitators visited Kenya to teach YOD Level 1.
  • Over 100 students participated and became YOD Certified Teachers. 
  • This certification gave these teachers another skill set that made them more likely to get hired or make more money as a yoga instructor in their community.
YOD Rebrands and Expands Digital Community
  • July 2021
  • New logo and brand design, new website, membership access for teachers & studios.
  • Better access to classes and teacher training formats!
YOD History & Timeline
The 7-Year Journey of Transformative Growth

Opened First Yoga Studio

  • October 13, 2013
  • Danielle opened MN Power Yoga in Uptown Minneapolis.
  • This experience stimulated her to combine the experiences and methodologies she learned into what would eventually get called YOD.

YOD was born
  • February 1, 2014

Taught First YOD Level 1
  • March 20, 2015
  • Danielle taught her first iteration of YOD Level 1 to two curious seekers wanting to learn and teach her new yoga method.

Danielle Travels to Kenya
  • March 2016
  • In partnership with the nonprofit Africa Yoga Project, Danielle went to Kenya to facilitate a 200-hr teacher training.
  • Around 100 students participated in her classes. They loved the YOD method she had to share.

First YOD Facilitator Training
  • January 2017
  • Danielle taught YOD instructors to do what she does, which is how to facilitate YOD Level 1 and teach others to do the same. 

YOD Goes to Kenya
  • February 2018
  • Four YOD Facilitators visited Kenya to teach YOD Level 1.
  • Over 100 students participated and became YOD Certified Teachers. 
  • This certification gave these teachers another skill set that made them more likely to get hired or make more money as a yoga instructor in their community.

YOD Returns to Kenya
  • March 2020
  • YOD Facilitators returned to Kenya to teach YOD Levels 1 & 2. 
  • Over 100 students participated and became certified YOD Instructors.
Danielle's Education & Training
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  • 500 HR Certified Yoga Teacher
  • Over 10,000 Hrs of Practice
  • Founder, Creator of YOD Yoga
  • Owner, Minnesota Power Yoga | 200 Hr Yoga Teacher Training Program
  • Life & Spiritual Coach

Danielle is a Life Coach, Yoga Teacher, Creator of YOD Yoga, and a constant student and leader in life.

She is an internationally recognized Yoga Teacher and has been a Spiritual & Personal Life Coach for over 10 years.

Over the last ten years, she has supported people to overcome obstacles that they didn’t think were possible, to heal areas of their life they never wanted to look at, and live out their wildest dreams.

Yoga, meditation and coaching changed her life, and she is committed to sharing the practices with the world with offering programs and 1:1 coaching. She also supports the Africa Yoga Project by bringing YOD training to Kenya. Join us in 2023.

Her mission is to awaken and inspire all to be their true, authentic selves and live in optimal health, integrity and happiness. To guide people to their purpose so that they can live a life of creation and contribution.

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When she's not working,
Danielle loves her time with her daughter and her boyfriend, being outside in nature, and making wonderful food with friends and family!

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Healing & Growth Together
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Join the Movement
YOD is more than yoga - we’re a community. Our vision is to expand our determined, zealous, and global community so that we can spread the transformational awakening of healing, truth, and love in the world.
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