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Danielle Acoff

Danielle AcoffDanielle Acoff, born on January 1st, 1987 in Los Angeles, is a model, dancer and actress native to that city.

She began her career as a professional dancer and quickly gathered a long list of television credits in the U.S. and internationally. She was one of the Fanta girls, the lead in a Micheal Jackson’s last music video, performed on Glee, and danced on tour with Robin Thicke, among others.

Danielle has also appeared on America’s Got Talent, The Voice, Jimmy Fallon, The View, Ellen, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and many other television productions. Since then she has expanded into acting and modeling, signing with one of the top agencies, Wilhelmina.

Danielle has represented some of the world’s most recognized brands such as Agent Provocateur, Adidas, Nike, Reebok, and Athleta - she uses yoga and meditation to keep her balanced in her high pressure career.

In 2014, she became a certified yoga instructor, and continues her studies of yoga and holistic health. Nonetheless, her goal remains the same as she first started, to inspire and to create. Connect with her at her website, on YouTube, or on Instagram.

Danielle, is an LA-based model and yoga instructor with a passion for movement, a healthy lifestyle and self-care. Growing up as a dancer, she always turned to movement as a release, and a way to come back to her center - to fully feel life in her body.

Danielle AcoffThis passion for movement led her to try her first yoga class over 8 years ago. She left the class on cloud nine and was instantly hooked! And so it was that her yoga journey had begun.

"Yoga ignited what I call 'self-study.' I wanted to learn myself, and that meant taking better care of myself. This mindset quickly became a lifestyle. I became much more mindful of what I was eating and how I was spending my time, and I quickly realized how much it all contributed to my overall well-being."

"I discovered the only way to feel like my very best self was to devote time to the things that make me come alive!"

"One of the biggest changes that resulted was that I started spending much more time in nature. It is so easy to forget in the hustle and bustle of life that my soul craves sunlight and fresh air!"

"I make it a point to spend at least a little bit of time outdoors every single day. Sometimes this means going for a hike or driving to a hilltop—any place that is quiet and removed from the city. I like to sit with the sun on my face and take a few deep breaths and by just doing this I can realign myself instantly."

"I think at some point I just fell in love with the feeling of slowing down, whether with nature or yoga (my two great loves). My mat has become my safe haven, the place where I am able to really ground down and connect to my breath."

Danielle Acoff"My brain runs on high, but the minute I’m able to focus on my breath and my movement, the mental chatter slows all the way down and I become fully present in that moment."

"Not only that, but I also can see and feel myself getting stronger over the years and now I never take for granted what a privilege it is to be healthy and alive."

As an actress, she is known for The Bold and the Beautiful (1987), Green Day: Stray Heart (2012) and Michael Jackson: A Place with No Name (2014).

She began her career as a professional dancer and quickly gathered a long list of television credits in the U.S. as well as internationally.

She is an Instagram star and model who is known for posting a range of modeling content in bright colors - being photographed in studios and urban settings as well as lifestyle photos featuring her at different events and clubs.

She shares her modeling content with her over 140,000 Instagram followers. She first began sharing her modeling content to Instagram in July of 2011.

She is also known for having earned representation from a variety of modeling agencies including Wilhelmina in Los Angeles and New York City, NTA Talent Agency, and CGM Miami.

Danielle AcoffA video which features Acoff in a black leotard showcasing her flexibility and talent in an archway of her living room, originally went viral in 2016.

But after the video was posted by Naomi Campbell to her own Instagram lately, many media outlets misidentified the yogi in the video as the supermodel - including HuffPost UK.

Campbell’s post, which was captioned “yoga time” with no credit to Acoff, has since been removed from her page, but not before collecting more than three million views.

Acoff has since been in touch with HuffPost UK to correct the mistake, explaining that while “extremely flattered” she simply wanted to be given credit for the video.

She explained she had not given Campbell the video to post to her Instagram account, so how it was obtained remains a mystery.

“I don’t know Naomi Campbell and I’m not sure how she got the video although she is following me!” she explained.

Danielle assured that she harbors no hard feelings about being mistaken for Campbell, adding: “I really just wanted something so personal to me to be credited, although I am flattered at the confusion between us.”

Acoff, who is an actor and model, started practising yoga seven years ago and has been a yoga instructor for the last two years.

In the video she starts in a handstand, and then she walks her feet down the wall before touching her head with one foot and performing splits while upside-down. The original video post had more than 630,000 views (and counting).

Danielle AcoffDanielle's 13 Affirmations for the days you Forget your own Strength.

1. “Listen closely to your body. It will tell you everything you need to know.”

2. “Taking time to breathe and renew, it is essential to living well.”

3. “Baby you are the strongest flower that ever grew. Remember that when the weather changes.” ~ Cleo Wade

4. “Everything you want to be you are, you’re simply on the path to discovering it.”

5. “Meraki: to do something with soul, creativity, or love. Leaving a piece of yourself into what you are doing.”

6. “Sometimes you have to create your own magic.”

7. “Our magical human bodies have a voice that can, and will, communicate to us through movement.”

8. “When she learned to be patient with the universe, nothing could take the smile from her face.”

9. “There is no better time to love yourself for who you are than at this very moment.”

10. “Strength isn’t given, it is earned.”

11. “The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.” ~ Swami Vivekananda

12. “When you know your worth, you move differently.”

13. “There is healing that happens when you learn to go with the flow and rest in the lows.”

Danielle AcoffDanielle's Advise for Beginners: How to Start Doing Yoga at Home - how to develop a home practice and why it's beneficial and incredibly freeing to do so.

"One of the main questions I get asked is: How do I start doing yoga on my own? For me personally, my home practice is where creativity thrives. Of course, being in a studio with an amazing teacher for adjustments and alignment help is invaluable—but having a place in your home to let go and breathe is very sacred."

"With that in mind, I'd love to share a few things that have made a difference in making time for myself on the mat over the years. That's not to say I'm always consistent - it's a major commitment to show up every single day.

It's so important not to beat yourself up for missing a day (or several). Just make sure you make it back and begin again."

1. Set up a Dedicated Space for Your Mat

I have designated a corner of my home with a corner mirror, a basket of mats, a foam roller, and blocks. I also have candles on a table with a plant. Basically, this corner lives as an instant yoga studio for me when I roll out my mat. Holding a space within your home that gives off good, inviting energy will make you yearn to be sitting in that very corner on your mat.

2. Pick Some Tunes

I find that sitting in silence for a few minutes or more (depending on the amount of time allotted for practice) and then turning on music really inspires me to move. Music has the ability to help drop you deeper into the moment, and your breath becomes part of the music. Choose songs that speak to you and are slow and relaxing. The Dreamy Vibes playlist on Spotify is one of my absolute favorites.

Danielle Acoff3. Begin With Sun Salutations

I like to begin each practice with five rounds of Surya Namaskar A, also known as Sun Salutation A: It builds internal heat, and sometimes this sequence alone is enough if I have a busy day. Starting your practice like this is an excellent way to warm up and feel out your body. Feel the tightness, the cracks, and go as slow as you like—after all, this is your practice. Monitoring where you feel tightness can help guide how you will practice that day. If you aren’t familiar with the Sun Salutations, you can always use YouTube and follow along. After a while, it will be second nature to you!

4. Just Move and Breathe

I think it’s important to let go of the expectations of what your practice is supposed to look like. If you know a few poses, you can start with those. Remember a pose you loved in class? You can incorporate that into your time on the mat. Some days, a restorative practice will be needed, while others you may feel you want to do a more physical practice. If anything hurts, pull back and acknowledge the fact that you need to do less that day.

When you draw a blank on the next pose you want to do, come back to Downward Dog and breathe. Then, begin to move into any posture that feels good to you at the moment. Keep your breath in sync with your movement and make sure to keep symmetry in mind—mirror both sides of your practice for the left and right sides of the body.

5. Lie Down In Stillness

Savasana (your final rest) is the best part of the practice, so try not to miss this crucial step at home. You (hopefully) wouldn't walk out of yoga before Savasana, so don't cheat yourself out of the reason you did all the work in the first place! It can last for three minutes to three hours—it doesn't matter, as long as you give yourself the time for your breath to come back to steady, and the pose settles into your being.

Danielle AcoffDanielle Acoff's 3 Natural Herbs That Will Soothe Your Anxiety

"Life can be stressful at times (and that's putting it lightly); at some point, everyone deals with a certain amount of stress or anxiety. In these moments, we have a choice on how to deal with these situations: We can succumb to the fear and the feelings, or we can fight back."

"One of the best ways to cope, in my opinion, is with mindful breathing and the help of some of the earth’s natural plant medicines that can help to ease these feelings of anxiety. The added bonus is that they are non-habit forming!"

"I am a testament to these herbs; having anxiety myself, I know that it can be consuming and not at all fun."

Ginseng: This herb is one of my personal favourite adaptogens! Adaptogens are herbs that nourish your adrenal glands, making you more resilient to stress. While there are several types of ginseng, American ginseng also contains zinc and vitamins A, B6, and C, which help to boost the immune system (in other words: fewer colds). One of the other reasons I love ginseng is for its ability to fight fatigue, mental and emotional stress, and anxiety—and give you energy—all while calming the nervous system. It’s the perfect combination!

Holy Basil: Also known as tulsi, this is a member of the mint family and widely used and respected in Ayurvedic medicine. It’s known to improve memory and all around brain function, and at the same time works wonders for anxiety and depression. Not to mention, it’s loaded with antioxidant properties that ward off inflammation in the body and can also help with digestive bloating! I prefer to drink it as a tea, but it can be taken in supplements well.

L-Theanine: This is an amazing amino acid that’s found in green tea. It has the ability to tone down the neurotransmitters that give you that anxious feeling without the drowsiness. It’s also proven to be very effective in helping with situational stress. Big speech coming up? Interview you are nervous about? This one is great to have on hand!

It’s important to keep in mind that there are several amazing plant herbs that help with anxiety. Everybody is different, so finding what works for you is key. Be sure to consult a qualified practitioner, especially if you’re taking prescription medication or blood thinners.

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