Douglas' love of human movement at an early age inspired him to pursue education and work in human evolutionary biology. After working in the field of anatomy research, Douglas felt compelled to explore alternative anatomy-centered philosophies in a systematic way, leading him to study under Dr. Lisa Mitchell at Dana Hot Yoga. Through his 200 Hour yoga teacher training at Dana Hot Yoga and with the support of the tAra Yoga community, Douglas has been awakened to the intricate and powerful connections between the body, breath, and mind that yoga creates. His understanding of human variation drives his belief that yoga practice should be highly personal with no concept of the "perfect pose". Driven by this belief, he works to create dynamic yet accessible classes for all those seeking strength and peace within their bodies.
Douglas Whitmire instructs the following:
Level 1/2 (Basic/Intermediate)
We pride ourselves on gearing our classes toward the actual students in the classroom and not teaching a set sequence of postures that may not be suitable for everyone. This class will blend the basics covered in Level 1 (Basic) classes with a more moderate pace which is introduced in Level 2 (Intermediate) classes, depending on who is in the room that day. Basic postures will be covered, and more advanced modifications will be offered for those ready to deepen their postures and yoga practice. See our class descriptions for Level 1 and Level 2 classes for more detail.
Level 2 (Intermediate)
This is a moderately paced class and students continue to build awareness, strength, skill and focus. It is helpful to have a basic understanding of sun salutations, but this is not required to attend the class. Posture sequences will be linked by vinyasa flow, designed to raise energy in the body while keeping the mind steady. Various hand and arm balances may be offered, however, modifications are offered to make this class accessible to all students.