What Is Yoga?

Danielle Richardson March 27, 2024

It’s really for every. body.




“True yoga is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life. Yoga is not to be performed; yoga is to be lived. Yoga doesn’t care about what you have been; yoga cares about the person you are becoming. Yoga is designed for a vast and profound purpose, and for it to be truly called yoga, its essence must be embodied.”
— Aadil Palkhivala

What is Yoga?

Yoga is a multifaceted practice that has evolved over thousands of years with origins in India and ancient Egypt. At its core, yoga is a holistic discipline that integrates physical postures (asanas), breath control (pranayama), meditation, and ethical principles to promote overall health and well-being. While yoga is often associated with physical exercise, it’s benefits extend beyond the physical body to encompass mental clarity, emotional balance, and spiritual growth.

Yoga consists of practices to unite the mind, body, and spirit and helps us to live in alignment with with oneself and with the world around us. Yoga is not tied to any specific religious or cultural beliefs and is accessible to people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. It offers a versatile toolkit for self-care and personal growth, empowering individuals to explore and deepen their understanding of themselves while nurturing their overall health and well-being. Those who practice yoga are called yogis.

Yoga is more than a workout. It combines meditation, self-discipline, and breathing practices to reconnect us with our whole selves. The more yoga you practice, the more it becomes about what you do off your mat. As we connect with our inner selves, our outer self starts to change. Yoga teaches the art of living a happy + healthy life!


What About Fierce Clarity Yoga? 

When you look at a modern studio schedule, chances are you’re overwhelmed with all the yoga class options. Yoga came to the West in the early 20th century and has evolved into many styles.

We’ve simplified the process for you and created Feeling-Focused yoga classes to make it easy to take different types of yoga classes based on how you want to feel.

Fierce Clarity Yoga classes range in duration from 20-mins to 50-mins and are accessible to all levels making them perfect to fit into your busy schedule.

  • RELAX: Perfect for those take-it-easy days that every body and mind needs and deserves. 
    • RELAX is a slower paced class that is a mix of Hatha and Restorative yoga
    • You'll leave feeling CALM and RELAXED.
  • REFRESH This full-body class reinvigorates + rebalances the mind, body, and soul to create a fresh start.
    • REFRESH is a moderate paced class that a blend of Vinyasa and Hatha yoga styles.
    • You'll leave feeling INSPIRED and REFRESHED.
  • REFOCUS: This higher intensity class is the perfect pick me up when for an extra dose of energy. 
    • REFOCUS is a faster paced class most similar to a Vinyasa style yoga class.
    • You'll leave you feeling STRONG and REFOCUSED!
  • RECONNECT: class recenters your Being, connecting you to your higher purpose.
    • RECONNECT is a slower-paced, spiritual focused class most similar to yin and restorative yoga classes.
    • You'll leave feeling CENTERED and RECONNECTED.

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My Yoga Journey

Hi, I’m Dr. Danielle and I’m Los Angeles based yogi + optometrist + wellness entrepreneur. For me, yoga has been integral on my path of self-healing and self-improvement. I’ve often shared my story of being miserable in optometry school. Due to stress and unhealthy life choices, I was suffering from chronic IBS among other health issues. I was running out of Western medicine treatment options when my doctors recommended I decrease my stress. They suggested yoga as a stress reliever and I decided to take the advice.

I bought a 30 day New Student introductory pass at my local yoga studio and committed to going 4x per week. I took hot yoga, bikram, restorative, and beginner’s classes. Something inside of me came alive and I found myself looking forward to getting on the mat every day. I loved what the teachers would say in class and how grounded I felt. I also noticed my physical symptoms began to improve.

Fast forward to 2015 — I went on a solo vacation to Bali for a month after optometry school graduation to dive deeper into yoga + Eastern healing practices. I spent most of that month in Ubud, one of the most healing places on Earth. Being alone provided the space to realize my sickness was not coming from the physical level and that I needed to heal on a soul level if I wanted to improve my physical health. I nosedived into healing via yoga, energy therapies, Balinese medicines, massages, and radical self-love + self-care. This intensive healing experience gave me space to finally focus on true health and happiness.

For the first time in my life — I FELT GOOD!!! I felt great, I looked great, and I felt AT PEACE. It was there that my love of yoga was cemented and I haven’t looked back since. I began a Yoga Teacher Training program in 2016 and it was THE BEST decision.

My life has changed so much through both my personal practice and my training. Yoga has made me a more conscious and compassionate person. It has made me strong and lean. It has given me tools to better handle my emotions (always working on this one lol). It has reignited my connection with God and given me an awareness of the power we hold. Most importantly, it has given me a community of like-minded people!

I've taught consistent in person classes in Houston and Los Angeles and hosted pop-up yoga events and international yoga retreats. During the pandemic, we took Fierce Clarity yoga online and were able to share the magic with our full FC FAM! In that spirit, we've continued to expand our online offering via the Fierce Clarity Yoga App available for APPLE and ANDROID.

This practice can change your life if you let it. It’s not about expensive leggings or fancy studios — it’s about commitment to yourself and the practice. Namaste!


What are the benefits of yoga?

• Encourages Healthy Living • Improved Posture • Improved Mental Stamina • Increased Strength & Flexibility • Long & Lean Muscles • Relieves Joint Pain • Increased Bone Density • Improved Digestion • Cultivates Self-Awareness • Improves Mood • Calms Mind • Relieves Tension & Stress • Increases Blood Flow • Improved Blood Pressure • Focus & Mental Concentration • Improves Balance • Regulation of Nervous System • Healing of Mind, Body, & Spirit

Ready to Get Started?

  • Want to Do More Yoga? Download the Fierce Clarity Yoga App available for APPLE and ANDROID to check out our online feeling-focused yoga™ classes. You can also explore our Yoga Library on Youtube!
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