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Simple Ways to Improve Your Runs with Yoga – Danielle Nardi! Episode 005

#005 – Today’s guest Danielle Nardi, is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, certified yoga teacher, and marathon runner. Danielle shares with us her story about how she first started running and her career transition into physical therapy and yoga. She also clears up some misconceptions about yoga and ways runners can incorporate it into their routine.

Topics Covered:

  • Inspiration and approach to start running
  • How you can benefit from yoga
  • How to find the right type of yoga for you
  • How to incorporate yoga into your routine

Today’s Guest

Danielle Nardi
Danielle is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and a certified yoga teacher on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She began running almost 10 years ago and has since run 10 marathons, over 20 half marathons, and a variety of shorter distance races. Danielle believes that everyone can benefit from yoga and specializes in teaching adaptive and accessible yoga; and yoga for athletes.

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Richard Conner 0:01

Here’s what you can look forward to on this episode of Inspire Virtual Runs Podcast.

Danielle Nardi 0:06

You know, I definitely do credit in some ways, or in a lot of ways, I guess, my introduction to running with my decision to go back to school and change careers. changing careers was something that I really had been thinking about for quite a long time years. But really, every time I thought about it, every time I looked into it, I’d get really overwhelmed. And I would really think that I just couldn’t do it. It wasn’t for me, I wasn’t able to handle it. I was really intimidated by the whole thing. And I really think that running and completing a marathon gave me sort of the boost that I needed to do it. I mean, I just remember always thinking if I could run a marathon, I could do anything.

Intro/Outro 0:50

Welcome to Inspire Virtual Runs Podcast. Whether you are new to running for seasoned, get tips in the inspiration that you need to achieve your health and fitness goals. Now, here’s your host, Richard Conner.

Richard Conner 1:08

Hi, everyone. Welcome to Inspire virtual runs Podcast. I am here with today’s guest, Danielle Nardi, Danielle is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, and certified yoga teacher on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She began running almost 10 years ago, and has run 10 marathons over 20, half marathons, and a variety of shorter distance races. Danielle believes that everyone can benefit from yoga, and specializes in teaching adaptive, and accessible yoga and yoga for athletes. Welcome to the show, Danielle.

Danielle Nardi 1:45

Thank you so much for having me.

Richard Conner 1:48

So, Danielle, first, thank you so much for coming on the show and being part of the Inspire Virtual Runs community.

Danielle Nardi 1:54

No problem.

Richard Conner 1:56

So it’s on Cape Cod, right, not in Cape Cod.

Danielle Nardi 2:01

Yes, we do, say on Cape Cod. And I guess it’s just because you have to cross a bridge to get here that we consider it, you know, separate from the rest of the mainland over there.

Richard Conner 2:12

You know, I’m really glad to ask because I saw your bio, which is great, by the way, amazing bio. And I’m like, Huh, on Cape Cod. So so thank you for clearing that up.

Danielle Nardi 2:23

No problem.

Richard Conner 2:24

You know, 10 marathons like, wow, I really want to deep dive into your story, and learn about running and physical therapy and the connection with yoga. But first, let me ask was there a marathon in particular that was memorable for you, for like one reason or another.

Danielle Nardi 2:44

I will probably have to say my very first marathon, I ran the Walt Disney World marathon as my first and I have grown up a huge Disney fan. And I did not grow up a runner. So when I decided to start running and decided I was going to run a marathon, and the fact that it was at Walt Disney was a huge motivating piece for me. And as a Disney fan, it was just so cool to be running through all the parks, they have characters out. And as crazy as that might sound, I just had an absolute blast running 26 miles. And my training was not ideal. But all I remember thinking crossing the finishing line was I cannot wait to do that again. And you know, running a marathon, you know, I’m sure we’ll touch on it more later. But running a marathon is not something I ever thought that I would do. So it was just such an incredible feeling. And being in this place that I already loved. And my family all came down to support me. So I would have to say probably my first.

Richard Conner 3:44

That’s awesome. And I can imagine just the magic of Disney, right and running that marathon there. That really does sound amazing.

Danielle Nardi 3:52

Absolutely. It was a lot of fun.

Richard Conner 3:55

Let’s roll back the clock 10 years, this when you started running. So tell us a little bit about that. Like how did you get into running? What what kind of inspired you and how did that go for you?

Danielle Nardi 4:05

Sure. So like I said, I was not a runner. And I had always said, you know, it would be so amazing to run a marathon. I would love to do that. But it’s just not something I’m ever going to do. It kind of resigned to the fact that that was not me. And it wasn’t something I was ever going to do. Through my previous job. I ended up meeting this amazing woman named Carrie, who I became friendly with and you know, we just formed this really great relationship very quickly and she had cancer and so I decided that I was going to run a half marathon with the Leukemia society as a fundraiser kind of in her honor. And that was what motivated me to start running. I hadn’t even run down my block yet. When I decided to do this. I just signed up for the half marathon. I started fundraising I started training and she was kind of my inspiration. And it’s not that she was a runner. It’s not that, you know, she had any connection to that world at all. But it was just something that I felt like was going to motivate me to do this thing that I had always wanted to do or fundraise for somebody that I, you know, wanted to honor in this way. And it kind of all came together, I found out, you know, I mentioned in my big Disney fan, I found out that Disney had races, which I had no idea and just decided I was going to go for it.

Richard Conner 5:29

Oh, that’s really, really nice. And you’re not a runner. And the first race you pick to do is a half marathon. So just to let you know, I’m currently training to do my first half marathon, and I’ve been running for quite a while. And that’s been, you know, the training has been pretty interesting. Like, how did how did that aspect go for you?

Danielle Nardi 5:49

So I literally started running using a Couch to 5K app. And it to this day amazes me that, you know, my phone was what trained me to run a half marathon, you know, I would have the headphones in my ears. And it would literally coach me through building up my mileage. And I very intentionally at some point decided that I was not going to run a shorter distance race that the first race was going to be the half marathon. And I will say that my training for the half marathon went really well. I mean, I guess as good as can be expected. And before I even ran that half marathon I had registered for that first marathon because I figured if I was already heading in that direction, I may as well keep going. Because in my head, I wasn’t sure I was ever going to do it again. So figured I may as well keep going and just do the full thing now.

Richard Conner 6:39

So you signed up for the full marathon, sign up for the half marathon and use the Couch to 5K to kind of do the training for it.

Danielle Nardi 6:47

I did I used the Couch to 5K and then, you know, I didn’t have a Garmin watch or any of the, you know, higher end expensive technology at the time I used all the apps I used Runkeeper. I mean, everything was done on my phone. And, you know, like I said, I’m still to this day impressed that it was, you know, my phone that was able to basically coach me through all this.

Richard Conner 7:07

Hmm. And were you part of any kind of running community back then? Or it was just you in your phone?

Danielle Nardi 7:14

At the time, I was not part of any specific running community, I didn’t have a local running store or anything like that. I didn’t really have any friends that were runners or training to run races. But I actually found a lot of support in the online world, I found, you know, Facebook groups, and I found you know, people that had run the Disney races, I found blogs. And that’s kind of how I was gathering all of my information. I mean, I knew so little about the running world that I didn’t even know where the heck, I was supposed to pin my bib on my shirt. And so I think googling stuff like that, because I didn’t want to, you know, make a fool of myself when I showed up to my first race. So I am someone that likes to be prepared. I don’t like surprises. So I was googling every little aspect about what am I supposed to do when I show up? Like, where do I go? What do I expect. So I found a lot of support and resources in the running community online. And to be honest, a lot of those people that I found from the very beginning training for that first race are some of my best friends to this day, I made amazing connections, met them in person at some of the races and are, like I said to this day, some of my best friends.

Richard Conner 8:20

That’s wonderful, just wonderful story. So I love how you got into running again, as part of the fundraiser for for your friends just so such a nice story. And how you did it with the Couch to 5K and you’re right, you know, getting into running maybe people don’t realize this, but just the amazing people you meet along the way. And it’s nice to to stay connected with them.

Danielle Nardi 8:42


Richard Conner 8:42

So let’s, let’s switch gears a little bit and talk about physical therapy and yoga. Maybe we’ll start with physical therapy. So tell tell us a little bit about kind of how you started in your career and, and then we’ll transition over to yoga.

Danielle Nardi 8:58

Sure. So physical therapy is actually a second career for me. I spent about 10 years doing marketing event planning type of work, and decided that I was going to go back to school. So I spent a little over five years going back to school to get my doctorate in physical therapy, graduated from school about a year and a half ago and have been working on Cape Cod as a physical therapist since and I work primarily in an outpatient settings. So working with, you know, all sorts of orthopedic and neurological diagnoses and then some work in our inpatient setting as well.

Richard Conner 9:33

So So what made you make that switch? How did you go from from marketing and event planning to physical therapy?

Danielle Nardi 9:40

Um, so I had a really cool job. Like I said, I worked for a professional sports team. It was a job that I’m sure a lot of people would have killed for, but I wasn’t completely satisfied with what I was doing and physical therapy, something that had been floating around in the back of my head for quite a while. But I was really, really overwhelmed by a long it was going to take me the type of schooling, it was mean all science beast. And that was not always necessarily been my strength. I wasn’t the strongest student. I mean, I did fine in school, but not with a program of this type of intensity. So I’ve been really intimidated by, you know, leaving my current job and going back to school. And eventually, I just decided I was going to go for it. And it took a while it was overwhelming. And I had to kind of look at it, you know, again, to use a running analogy I had to look at as a marathon rather than a sprint, because I had to take two years of prerequisite classes, and then three years of a doctorate program, so but now on the other side, it seems like it wasn’t that bad, but during it, it was overwhelming.

Richard Conner 10:43

So So Danielle, you know, changing careers is not an easy thing to do. I know, you know, it may seem scary, especially if you’re established in your career, the idea of going back to school and kind of starting over. So So hats off to you for for doing that.

Danielle Nardi 11:00

Thank you. You know, I definitely do credit in some ways, or in a lot of ways, I guess, my introduction to running with my decision to go back to school and change careers, changing careers was something that I really had been thinking about for quite a long time years. But really, every time I thought about it, every time I looked into it, I’d get really overwhelmed. And I would really think that I just couldn’t do it, it wasn’t for me, I wasn’t able to handle it, I was really intimidated by the whole thing. And I really think that running and completing a marathon gave me sort of the boost that I needed to do it. I mean, I just remember always thinking, if I could run a marathon, I could do anything. Because running a marathon to me was that thing that I kept saying, There’s no way I could ever do this, that would be cool. But it’s not me, I’m never gonna do it. And so I really think when I crossed the finish line of that marathon, I had a really different outlook on a lot of stuff and a lot of what I could do. And so I decided I was going to take that same mentality, and really look at going back to school, like, you know, it was a marathon, and I was going to work my way through it. And I had to train really hard it was training for a marathon wasn’t easy. For me, I was not a natural runner. And you know, there were tears. There was injuries, there is pain, but I did it when I cross that finish line, it was amazing. And I just kind of realized that if I apply that same mentality going back to school that it would, you know, have the same outcome.

Richard Conner 12:25

That’s, that’s awesome. That that’s an amazing story. And again, congrats, both for completing the marathon and also successfully changing careers.

Danielle Nardi 12:35

Thank you.

Richard Conner 12:37

So how did you so how did you make so I, you know, I’m trying to make the connection now between physical therapy and yoga? And I’m not an expert at all, in either area. But how did you make that connection? Now? How did yoga come into the picture?

Danielle Nardi 12:52

Sure. So I actually, when I decided to leave my previous career, I decided to get certified as a yoga teacher. So I had done you know, yoga, on and off, probably from the time I was in high school, and I really enjoyed it. And I just felt like it would be a really good natural fit with physical therapy, just the overall mobility and the movement. And I do think that there’s a piece that we often miss in physical therapy with addressing, you know, stress and anxiety and, you know, with, with people dealing with pain, we have a lot of stress. And, you know, yoga does a really good job at addressing that we have a lot of breathing practice in yoga, mindfulness and meditation practice. And just the actual physical practice of yoga, what most people think about, there’s a lot of crossover with physical therapy, a lot of mobility, strength, flexibility, balance work. So I felt like it’d be a really nice complement to my work as a physical therapist. So while I was taking those prerequisites, I got certified as a yoga teacher, and I started teaching and have basically been able to incorporate it into my physical therapy work.

Richard Conner 13:55

You know, I remember, I think it was a couple of months ago, I actually attended one of your webinars, I think it was yoga for runners, which was amazing, by the way. And, and I learned that there’s a lot about yoga that I didn’t know, and probably some misconceptions, and maybe a lot of people have these misconceptions. So now maybe we talk maybe we could talk about, like, I wouldn’t have personally associated even yoga with running, how did you even make that connection?

Danielle Nardi 14:25

So for me, you know, I think I’d probably understood that yoga would be a good complement to running. But for me, it wasn’t really until I experienced it. And that was actually almost by mistake. So I was training for my second marathon while I was doing my yoga teacher training, and I was concerned about how doing that much yoga, because my training was, I think four or five days a week, I’m doing that much yoga while training for a marathon was going to affect my running. And I pretty quickly realized that it did affect it but in a really positive way. That I felt stronger, I was recovering faster, I wasn’t having the same aches and pains that I was having during that first round of marathon training, my mindset was just different. Overall, I felt a lot better. And I quickly realized that they were this perfect compliment and decided that I was going to share that with others. So since then, I’ve done some I’ve taught yoga for athletes, it’s I’m running stores, I’ve taught yoga for athletes, workshops and trainings. And I’ve also attended some yoga for athletes, and yoga for runners trainings with, you know, other yoga teachers that specialize in that area.

Richard Conner 15:34

Okay, so so you have first hand experience about how yoga really helps runners and especially for the marathon training, marathon runners, and I assume that runners would still have this benefit, even if they’re not aspiring for like a half marathon or full marathon. I mean, maybe if they’re just even going for a 5K and you would you think that they’d see similar benefits for for those distance races?

Danielle Nardi 15:57

Yeah, absolutely. And, you know, I think it depends on what your goals are out of that race. Yoga has several things that you can work on. So like I talked about in the webinar you attended, you can get amazing strength benefits out of yoga, a lot of people don’t realize that or think about that, when they think about yoga, it works on a lot of balance. And it works on flexibility. That’s the one that people tend to be most familiar with. So when you’re doing a lot of running, your muscles are getting tight. So the flexibility is great to kind of balance that out. Strengthening is also great, because if your legs are stronger, you’re going to be more efficient at running and balance. I mean, who couldn’t use a little bit more balance, essentially running is a series of single leg hops. I mean, you’re on one leg at all time. So better balance, better ankle and hip stability is always going to benefit your running. So I do think that runner is, you know, working on any distance could benefit from incorporating yoga into their training.

Richard Conner 16:51

Okay, good. So strength benefits, balance flexibility. I love the series of one leg hops. I love that. So

Danielle Nardi 17:00

all right, sure. I stole that from someone else.

Richard Conner 17:04

That’s alright, we’re gonna give you full credit for that. That’s great. And the other thing, I learned that there were a number of different types of yoga. So again, misconception is, it’s just yoga, right? But I learned that there’s a lot of different types and on different teachers will teach different types. So, you know, tell us a little bit like at a high level about the different types of yoga, and then maybe we’ll talk a little bit about how that applies to runners.

Danielle Nardi 17:32

Yeah, absolutely. So, um, yoga can vary anywhere from a very high intensity practice. So you’re gonna have styles like a big rum or Ashtanga vinyasa, which are challenging practices, sometimes done in a heated room, you’re building strength, you’re building he, you’re doing some deep stretching all the way down to the other end of the spectrum, you’re going to have gentle yoga, restorative yoga, yoga, nidra, which is actually sometimes called sleep yoga, and is more of a mindfulness and relaxation practice. So it is all over the spectrum. And, you know, I really do believe that, you know, a lot of people go to yoga, and again, just yoga, no specific style, and they get turned off, and it’s not a good fit. And that’s it, they kind of give up. But I really believe that there is a yoga practice out there for everybody, even if it’s just that, again, relaxation, yoga, nidra, mindfulness piece of it or restorative yoga, I think there’s a practice that can kind of fit with what everybody’s looking for.

Richard Conner 18:30

Okay. And if so, you know, I’ll use myself as an example. So I mentioned to you that I’m training for my first half marathon. Typically, in the past, I’ve done 5K’s, maybe 10K, but really nothing beyond that, especially for a race. So this is a new experience for me. And the training program that I’m following has certain days that I need to run, whether it’s long distances, short distances, tempo runs, and then on other days, it gives me the option for cross training and rest. And for cross training, it talks about like, low impact. And I it sounds like yoga could be a good fit, maybe for those cross training slash rest days. Like how would someone like me determine what’s what’s the right yoga type that I should that I should look for, you know, is it between the high intensity and the the gentle yoga? Or is this specific types I should be looking for? Like, how is just someone like me start to think about though?

Danielle Nardi 19:31

Yeah, so I think one of the things you said is key, what what type of yoga is appropriate for something that’s considered cross training or rest day you’re building up your training, you’re building up your mileage, you’re heading towards your peak mileage, and so that that rest day needs to allow your body to rest and recover. So those high intensity strength building yoga practices are not going to be appropriate for what you’re looking for. If you need something that’s going to be a little bit more gentle, low impact recovery, so For you, I would probably look for something that talks about dental yoga, you know, a stretching based practice or relaxation or restorative yoga, something like that, that’s actually going to give you that rest day that your body needs to recover from the impact of all the running that you’ve been doing. You know, one of the teachers that I’ve done trainings with, the way she puts it is, if your training plan says rest day, or yoga or cross training of some sort, if you broke a sweat, that might not have been the appropriate practice for a rest day.

Richard Conner 20:32

Okay, so someone like me, following that the program that I’m following leading up to the half marathon, gentle yoga, restorative yoga, what would be the type of yoga I should look for?

Danielle Nardi 20:42

Yes, at this point in your training plan, and again, you know, um, you know, I would probably ask a few more questions in terms of like, where you are in your mileage, how close we are to race day, because if you’re still just in the beginning portion of building up your mileage, then your muscles in your body is probably not quite fatigued to the point where you really need a full restorative or dental practice, maybe you can do something that’s got a little bit of strength building in it, to complement as you continue to build up your practice. But if you’re getting to your peak mileage, if you’re training up to say you’re training up to the full 13 mile distance, and you’re at 10 miles, your body needs those days off, it needs to rest it needs to recover, and you need to be able to give it that with your yoga practice, if that’s the way you’re going to, you know, use the yoga.

Richard Conner 21:29

Okay, well, you know, it’s funny, you mentioned that because I was gonna say, let’s play this out, right? Let’s take my situation and play this out. So I’m far along, I’m a little over halfway through the training program. And I just finished up my first 10 mile run just, I think a couple of days ago. So that was nice, felt the run felt great. Never in my life, when I think that a 10 mile run would feel good. I thought that I would need a stretcher or trip to the hospital after that. But I felt really good.

Danielle Nardi 21:59

That’s great.

Richard Conner 22:00

Yeah, so I’m building up to it. So now it’s it’s increasing this week is going to be 11 miles. And the next week is 13 miles. So it kind of sounds like what you’re saying is, based on where I am right now, I’m really kind of moving into I need those rest days. And I would want to do the gentle still go with that gentle yoga restorative yoga type.

Danielle Nardi 22:21

Yeah, as that mileage is building up, you want to kind of complement it with the inverse of what you’re doing in your training plan. So if your training plan with you were early on, and you were just starting to build up mileage, but also wanted to be building strength and some endurance, then I would say one of those more high intensity practices would be appropriate to help support that goal or that if that’s what you’re looking to get out of your yoga practice. But at this point, you’re getting up to your higher mileage. And it’s also the first time that you’re doing this higher mileage. So your body definitely needs the time to rest and recover, you need to stretch out any muscles that have been getting tight. And so yeah, I would look for something that was gentle, relaxing, restorative, stretching based, not so much something that’s going to be probably not something that’s done in a heated room, because your body’s building plenty of heat when you’re doing your running. So something that’s going to just really allow your body to kind of do the opposite of what you are doing in your training plan.

Richard Conner 23:17

Okay, so that’s very helpful. So I’m on my way then to to look for gentle yoga, restorative yoga sessions there, right? I assume I’d have to do that virtually now. Like, what what are people doing these days with the pandemic, I know my gym is was closed, but recently opened, our yoga studios opening back up or is everything kind of still virtual in this world.

Danielle Nardi 23:39

Um, some of them are starting to open back up with a lot of the precautions in place, a lot of them you know, when while the weather has been nicer, have been doing outdoor yoga classes, which I think is probably winding down at this point, as it starts to get colder out. There are a lot of virtual options available, whether it’s, you know, live virtual via zoom and a scheduled class, or there’s even websites that offer a lot of yoga classes that you can either, you know, find on YouTube or join a subscription service and find a lot of variety of different classes.

Richard Conner 24:11

Okay, so, so this is very helpful. I’m sure our listeners are getting a lot a lot of great information from this conversation. So let’s let’s go on the other end of the spectrum regarding yoga and training so you know, as part of what we’re doing and inspire virtual runs, is to inspire people who may not be runners to work up to to running and then kind of use a five K is that is that goal that target to work towards? So for those if someone, maybe they’ve run a little bit in the past, maybe they’re just kind of getting started. What would you recommend there? Would you recommend they move maybe towards the high intensity practice or how should they think about that?

Danielle Nardi 24:58

I honestly think it would depend on little bit on their baseline mobility and fitness and endurance. So if this is really the first time someone is coming to any sort of exercise program, and their goal is to build up to a 5K, walking into one of those more high intensity yoga classes might actually be too much. So they might want to start with gentle yoga again, just to start to build up a movement and mobility practice and get their bodies moving. But if it’s somebody who otherwise has been very active, and maybe regularly goes to the gym, or does CrossFit and does other activity, but they just haven’t run, and so the running piece is new to them, then they probably would be fine walking into, you know, a more vigorous yoga class, then again, if this is the first time that they’re going to yoga, sometimes it is good to start at a class that’s more like foundations, there’s a lot of times, there’s classes where they specifically work with people that are new to yoga practice, to introduce them to the yoga poses and the positions that way as the vigorous classes are moving quickly, people aren’t lost. So if you are completely new to yoga, you might want to start there, and then work your way up to a more high intense prep intensity practice. But I think I think in terms of your question, it would depend on their baseline fitness as well.

Richard Conner 26:15

And that makes that makes a lot of sense. So it’s kind of the answer like it depends, right? Yeah,

Danielle Nardi 26:21


Richard Conner 26:21

Yeah. But it’s, it’s really good guidance. So there may be folks who have done yoga in the past, and maybe they’re not runner. So for them, they could continue what they’re doing for yoga, or even maybe move up in terms of the intensity for the yoga. But for those it sounds like if they’re just starting out, maybe limited mobility, starting slow, starting with gentle yoga, restorative yoga is is maybe the best way to go. Yeah, absolutely. How would they know? Is this something that they would find a yoga instructor to kind of help guide them through? Or is this something that that runners could assess on their own and then find the class that’s best for them.

Danielle Nardi 27:01

So my advice is usually to start off looking on the yoga studios website, most yoga studios are going to have class descriptions. So the class will have a specific name, it might be called gentle yoga, it might be called vinyasa yoga, it might be called you know, hatha yoga or brick Bikram yoga. But there’s usually a class description that’s going to tell you a little bit more about what to expect in that room, whether the room is going to be heated, whether it’s appropriate for beginners, if you can expect more strength building, maybe it might be a practice that involves a lot of meditation practice, or they put aside 15 minutes at the end, specifically for a meditation practice. So a good class description should give you the information you need. I always tell people, if you look on a schedule, and all it says is yoga, you really don’t know what that is. And you’re going to walk into that class and you don’t really know what to expect. So I would advise maybe calling the studio and speaking to somebody there, and they can probably help to point you in the right direction. If you you know, let them know what it is that you’re looking for.

Richard Conner 27:59

Excellent. So this is this is great information. So I’ve learned a ton, you know, listening to your webinar, and even through this conversation, yoga is something that our community runners, our community really should consider as part of their their training plan. And I’m sure it doesn’t take a long time out of their day. And they could use their their rest days to to do the yoga. It sounds like it’s something that could really benefit them as either they’re getting into running or even as they’re building up mileage for for these longer races, like the half marathon or full marathon.

Danielle Nardi 28:34


Richard Conner 28:35

Great. Daniel, this has been awesome. I’ve learned so much again, from from the conversation here, your story is amazing. Running that first half, first half marathon, right, right out of the gate. That’s so it’s typically Couch to 5K and you went Couch to half marathon.

Danielle Nardi 28:55

I kept going.

Richard Conner 28:57

You just kept going. That’s that’s pretty awesome. And I love and I love the inspiration that you had to start the running as well as you know, the the inspiration and motivation you had to change careers. And it sounds like you really found your calling here with physical therapy and yoga,

Danielle Nardi 29:15

I think so I think it’s a great fit the two of them together Plus, you know, my background running and it’s nice, I get to, you know, physical therapy is all about helping people with functional mobility and, you know, stay moving, how can they get the, you know, be independent with movement. And so it’s a lot of fun, I get to kind of combine all of those things together to help people be as functionally mobile as possible.

Richard Conner 29:39

All right. So I’m sure that our community would would love to learn more about yoga and I’m sure there’s a lot of resources online, but how can they follow you if you have a presence on social media? How could they kind of learn more about the information that you share and and follow you?

Danielle Nardi 29:58

Absolutely. So You can find me on social media under DanielleNardiYoga all written out as one word on Instagram and also Facebook. I also have a website. That’s where I post some of the stuff that I’m doing with yoga. I’m not currently teaching any regular classes outside of the physical therapy facility that I work at. I do teach some classes through here. But yeah, you could find me mostly down already yoga would be the best place to look for me.

Richard Conner 30:31

Okay. All right. So I’ll put this in the show notes. Again, Danielle, great conversation. Thank you for sharing these wonderful insights. And yeah, thanks again.

Danielle Nardi 30:42

Thank you so much for having me.

Richard Conner 30:46

Wow, great session with Danielle Nardi. If you’re a runner or aspiring to be a runner, and you’re looking for more information on yoga, we’ll check out the show notes. We’ll have some information there. And we’ll also have links so you can follow Danielle. alright with that. Thanks, and have a great day.

Intro/Outro 31:06

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