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Meet the Teacher Trainer: Dinneen Viggiano

A Therapeutic Movement Educator with over 15 years’ experience, Dinneen Viggiano is a Yoga Tune Up® & Roll Model® Teacher Trainer, a NeuroKinetic and CranioSacral Therapist and a Certified Nutrition Counselor. She teaches at Yoga Works NYC, Equinox, EvenFlow Yoga, and Kripalu.

How/when/where did you first learn about YTU and what interested you most?

In 2001 I dropped in to one of Jill’s Master classes during the YTU Teacher Training at Yoga Works in NYC. I remember thinking “What the heck is going on here?!” in one moment and marveling at how it seemed irreverent, intimidating and inviting all at once. The anatomical context appealed to my inquisitive, intellectual mind while the physical practice & breath cues alighted new sensibilities in my body. I knew right there that I was “all in”.

How did YTU training challenge your pre-existing movement, yoga, or fitness knowledge and training?
Coming in to YTU Teacher Training I had already been teaching yoga for over a decade. As an experienced yoga teacher, I was under the impression that “yoga fixes everything”. If it hurt, I stretched more. It’s because of YTU that I finally understood the inverse relationship between flexibility and stability. Teaching yoga taught me preliminary skills to help people get in to their bodies, while YTU taught me how to see those bodies (and their individual restrictions) in anatomical 3D.

What has been the biggest epiphany/change in your personal movement practice?

The biggest change in my personal practice is actually being able to move/play/practice everyday without pain! At any given point I am strong and stable enough to throw or kick a ball, climb a wall, ride a bike and keep up with my 11 year old son. 

How has your teaching evolved since incorporating YTU? Have you explored other movement practices or teachings that you might not have otherwise?

IEA_pic_7_2014My teaching has evolved so that each class, workshop and training is a creatively inspired event. My students expect the unexpected and I’ve come to realize that this offers me enormous creative license as a teacher! YTU trainings and immersions have reignited my desire to learn. Since taking the Level 1 Teacher Training 5 years ago, I’ve completed 6 other trainings (nutrition/anatomy/dissection/movement) and like many of our fabulously talented teacher trainers, those experiences inform and evolve my YTU base in exciting ways.

What is your current favorite YTU ball sequence or pose?

Love me some powerful Prasarita Lunges! I love how they feel in my body and I find that it’s a great pose from which to reinforce positive pelvic-spinal mechanics. When I teach it, I call it Olympic Speed Skater adding in the arms and hilarious sound effects “Swishhh swishhhh swishhhh…”

Dinneen is also a spondylolisthesis, scoliosis and degenerative disc “survivor”, and her passion is helping others to find back pain relief through Retrain Your Back Pain and reducing systemic inflammation with plant-based nutrition coaching (Phytolistic) More information on Dinneen and her teaching schedule can be found here.

About This Author

Dinneen Viggiano, E-RYT 500, P-RYT, NC, CHHC is an Integrated Certified Yoga Tune Up® Teacher and has been teaching yoga in New York City for 13 years, empowering her students to improve their movement and lifestyle patterns in a way that is structurally appropriate for their yoga practice and their daily life. She is also a Certified Nutrition Consultant, a Certified Holistic Health Coach and a CranioSacral Therapist. She advocates, educates and coaches for a plant-based, holistic lifestyle through her company, PHYTOLISTIC and she is an active Board Member for the New York Coalition for Healthy School Food. www.phytolistic.com

Meet the Teacher Trainer: Dinneen Viggiano

  1. Christopher says:

    I appreciate this blog, as I can relate even as a new yoga teacher entering the YTU realm. It’s caused me to re-evaluate how I teach movement to my students, and it has inspired me to create a purposeful experience for them- one where each pose is an assessment tool instead of a goal or endpoint. It was through YTU methods that I really felt like I was having an embodied experience, arriving to a state of awareness as I used the bony landmarks to identify key muscles. The words “I am a student of my body; I am a student of what I teach; I study my students” have left a lasting impression upon me.

  2. Geraldine says:

    La relation entre stabilité/ renforcement et flexibilité est un aspect propre au YTU. Cette formation comble également un manque dans le monde du yoga concernant l’aspect anatomique du corps, les professeurs sont excessivement alertes et c’est un aspect que nous devrions tous en tant qu’enseignants maitriser.
    La certification YTU 1 donne les outils nécessaires et ce en une semaine. Bravo

  3. Ariane Fournier says:

    Je suis vraiment d’accord avec ce que tu dis. Je suis présentement la formation de YTU niveau 1 et je trouve qu’un des principes qui me frappe le plus est que lorsque j’ai mal quelque part, je ne dois pas aller plus loin dans mes étirements, ce que j’avais comme réflexe de faire avant!
    Super intéressant ! 🙂

  4. Donna Burch says:

    Thank you Dinneen! I love your term seeing bodies in ‘anatomical 3D’ !
    I look forward to transforming my teaching, knowledge, and language
    through the Level 1 training. Yay! And, reading more about you!

  5. Rena says:

    I enjoyed reading about you. It’s amazing how you can move considering all that you have been diagnosed with. You are inspiring because I also have scoliosis and deal with back and body pain everyday. I’m looking forward to incorporating Yoga Tune ups into my life and teaching soon.

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