Yoga on the farm or at the beach

This summer, Elevation Studio, located at 1661 Farm and Garden, is offering daily yoga classes led by Danielle Duffy, creator of Elevation Studio, and other instructors including Katie, Kelsay, Taryn and Ryan.
Duffy discovered her passion for yoga in the mid-1990s in Costa Rica.
“I started training on the beach and people just started joining me because there were no formal classes at the time,” Duffy said.
In the late 1990s, after Duffy completed her first Pilates training, she began teaching on Block Island wherever she could find space for classes.
“Pilates was like a missing piece for me in yoga practice, it really helped align my spine, my posture and it really helped my yoga practice,” Duffy said.
After beginning to teach yoga and Pilates on the island, Duffy trained in New York City and went on to obtain her yoga certification in 2010. Since then, Duffy has continued her yoga training by taking workshops and online classes, including for her advanced yoga classes. training certificate.
“I personally like it because it keeps me cool and also brings new inspiration to my classes.” said Duffy.
In addition to her studio on Block Island, Duffy has a studio in Costa Rica that also includes yoga retreats. Duffy offers online membership so participants from anywhere can access its online courses. A day pass for an online course costs $10.
“I started taking Danielle’s classes in Costa Rica where I met her,” said Nena Ocampo, who has been practicing with Duffy for six years. “What I love about her classes is that she is very intentional. Not only does she teach from experience, but she also provides readings and things that I can incorporate into my life. She also explains anatomy and why each pose helps your body.Teaches from a place of love.
According to Duffy, classes are for all levels and all instructors teach to fit and are able to make changes. “It’s an inclusive place,” Duffy said.
There are a variety of different types of yoga classes throughout the week. Yin Yang yoga is a slower, deeper practice. Fusion yoga is a mix of Pilates, vinyasa and yin-yoga.
“I love fusion, it’s a good workout. But I also love Yin because when you need to slow down and relax and pay attention to the present, it’s perfect for that,” Ocampo said.
There’s also Upward Yoga, an energizing 7 a.m. yoga class, and Gentle Yoga, which is slower-paced yoga that’s similar to vinyasa and yin, and more.
“My favorite thing about yoga is just how it seeps into your daily life. For me, yoga has been most helpful when I’m not on the mat,” Duffy said. If you really dive into the practices, the teaching and the principles, it really has to do with the cultivation of consciousness, that’s where the magic happens.”
Each class is $25, and class passes are available, including a five-class pass and a 20-class pass, so you can pay in advance.
The Elevation studio is open on Block Island until September. Duffy also offers private group sessions. To find more information and to join the online classes, go to
“For me, the awareness, awareness and healing that yoga can give me is yoga. That’s the biggest benefit,” Duffy said.