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A Pioneer of project:OM - Danni Pomplun

Danni Pomplun | The Manduka BlogAs a cancer survivor, Danni was one of the first ambassadors to join the project:OM movement. He is a 500-hr Registered Yoga Instructor and a member of the teacher training faculty at Yoga Tree in San Francisco. Danni credits yoga with opening his eyes to a world of positive opportunities.

Helping others and having fun doing it – that’s the stuff this project:OM ambassador thrives on. Join us as we sit with San Francisco based yoga teacher, Danni Pomplun, to talk about his love of helping others while paving the way for project:OM ambassadors.


How are you involved with project:OM?

I was approached to help with the film for the website. The Manduka team asked if I could gather a class out in the park to highlight the project and I jumped right on it. In addition, I just signed up to host a class I'll be leading here in SF on Mother’s Day at Yoga Tree.


What does project:OM mean to you?

It means getting the opportunity to help others. To put your yoga into action. To do the work others can't. It's a good reminder that today, this very moment, we get to be here and do good.


What made you want to become a part of project:OM?

Part of my reason for yoga is Seva (a Sanskrit word for “selfless service”). I feel like the more I can give back to other the closer it brings me to myself. I'm also a cancer survivor myself, so the project hits close to home.


How has yoga helped you overcome your brush with cancer?

Going through cancer was a bit harsh. I was so confused and didn't really understand what was going on. There was so much information being tossed out to me all at once. Being able to meditate and have a light practice at the time gave me the space to process it.


What do you like about teaching yoga?

The people. Hands down it’s the reason why I teach. My students are really special to me. They're one of the big reasons I get out of bed every day. They make my world go round. Each and every single one of them is part of the big puzzle.

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How’d you get into yoga?

This is a long but funny story. The short answer is I wanted to fit in with all my other surfer friends. I didn't like yoga much at all but everyone else raved about it. I kinda rolled my eyes and just went with it. It wasn't until a few years later where I really opened up to it.


Any shout-outs or anything else you’d like to mention?

Shout out to the Manduka Team. They have been such amazing support of making dreams happen. Small or big.

To learn more about Danni and his studio, visit his website and give him a follow on his Instagram.

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