Recently I had the privilege of hearing the fascinating story of Danielle Weinstein.
In 2009, Danielle was practicing family law in New Jersey. She was driving in New Brunswick. It was raining. A car cut her off causing a terrible accident.
She fell out of the driver side door and the last thing she remembers is looking up at the trees and the blue sky…
…before going unconscious.
It was one of those moments where you stop “and realize it’s a huge universe and I am just a little part of it.”
That accident inspired Danielle to step away from law and fulfill something deeper.
It’s a story so many of us can relate to…finding yoga, falling in love with yoga, even teaching yoga. But what makes Danielle so interesting is that she has found a way to fuse her life as an attorney and her life as a yoga teacher.
I had the chance to ask Danielle a few questions:
How does your yoga practice inspire your law practice?
“It enables me to bring calm energy even when tension arises around me…and I can help my divorce clients feel as comfortable as possible.”
If you had one bit of advice for someone going through divorce what would it be?
“You have to look at it from a rational perspective…it takes time to absorb the changes that go on. And finding balance through yoga during the process is really important.”
If a couple is pondering divorce and not sure, what is your advice?
“Take time for themselves to step back and communicate fully…be patient…find out what circumstances are causing tension…”
As a yoga teacher, what is something you recommend for married couples?
“The flame goes out if you smoulder it. Often couples need space to achieve self-realization. If you have a strong sense of self, then you can bond with another person…be the light that you want to see shining back at you.”