Community Spotlight: Meet our Managing Teachers


The 30 for 30 Challenge is underway! Our Managing Teachers, Danielle Dugan of Pure East and Andrea Borrero at Pure West are here to help and lead our community on their journey through the Challenge. Whether you're looking for guidance on which classes to take, or just inspiration and motivation, they are here to help! We sat down with Andrea and Danielle to learn about their personal yoga journeys. Read below to learn more! 

Danielle Dugan:

1.) Tell us about your background before becoming a yoga instructor...


In the late 90s and early 2000s I worked in magazine publishing, then I somehow landed in finance...it's a long story. :) It was during my days in banking that I worked to support my yoga habit, received my training, starting subbing on the side and finally made the leap in 2008 to teach full time. 

2.) How has yoga changed your physical/mental life? 

I think I would need to write a novel to detail the immense ways yoga has changed my life. It's changed everything. The way I think. The way I move. The way I react...or try not to. The way I sleep. The way I love. The way I am aware...or I catch myself noticing I'm completely unaware. I see my entire world through the lens of my practice...it's incredible! 

3.) What advice would you have for someone taking their first yoga class?

1- go to a foundational/basics class. 2- go to a foundational/basics class 3- go to a foundational basics class. It's the best way to start off your practice and learn the fundamentals. As long as you stay humble and are willing to learn, the practice will gradually become second nature. 

4.) What's is your favorite type of yoga to practice? 

I love them all.... Really. I practice mysore, vinyasa, Iyengar, yoga nidra, slow flow, yin/ yang. I encourage all 30 for 30 participants to email me at danielle.dugan@pureyoga.com if they need any guidance on what complimentary classes they should take during their Challenge. There are so many to choose from and I can help guide the way!

5.) What type of yoga would you like to take more of and why?


I would love to take meditation more. Why do you ask? Go out and meditate for a month, 20 minutes a day and you will have the answer.

6.) What does your typical yoga practice look like each week?

I typically walk into the studio, look at the schedule and I will go to any class that works with my day. If I can't make it to an 'official class,' I practice Mysore. If I can't get to any of those I do 10 minutes on the rope wall. I aim to always take time for myself to practice, whether it be 90 minutes or 10.  

Andrea Borrero:

1.) Tell us about your background before becoming a yoga instructor...


I was an associate producer for documentary films and before that, I had a long line of corporate jobs in sales, publishing, and design. Little did I know that I had yet to find my professional passion and that yoga would take me on this amazing journey. 

2.) How has yoga changed your physical/mental life? 

Yoga has completely overhauled my life – it’s changed my daily focus, my priorities, how I spend time and who I spend it with.  The physical practice always had a strong allure for me, but for the past couple years meditation and the more contemplative practices have been particularly important to me.

3.)  What are the main benefits of yoga?

There are so many! But here are what I consider the essentials – breath, time, space; a chance to be with ourselves, in ourselves, and yet together as a community.
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4.) What advice would you have for someone taking their first yoga class?

Be patient with the process and breathe!

5.) What's is your favorite type of yoga to practice? 

Ashtanga, absolutely my happy place. 

6.) What type of yoga would you like to take more of and why?

More Iyengar – it’s a steady practice, similar to Ashtanga;  more Kundalini – I’m so curious about that system, and learning the deeper pranayama (breath) work.

7.) Why do you practice yoga at Pure?


Because it’s my home – because in the middle of the city, it is a sanctuary of staggering proportions.  There is truly something for everyone here and we have an active, vocal membership. 

8.)What does your typical yoga practice look like each week?

I practice Ashtanga 3-5 times a week (early mornings); because I’m the managing teacher at Pure West, I usually take another class a day to be in the community, practice with different teachers, and take a time out from a busy day managing.

9.) What's your one guilty pleasure with food?

Pizza. I love it...a little too much. 

10.) What do you recommend eating before or after any yoga class? 

I try not to eat just before I practice, but if I need some nourishment I’ll have a green juice. Right after class I’ll have an apple or a banana, never a big meal.

11.) What's your favorite style of yoga to teach? 

Ashtanga, of course.  But I also love the creativity of teaching Hot Power and Vinyasa. Teaching in general enlivens and grounds me at the same time. It’s indescribable.