Danielle Ancin
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  • Oakland, California
  • United States
  • Nonprofit Program Manager and…
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Danielle Ancin commented on Odelya Gertel Kraybill, PhD's blog post Important Note To Funders, Aid Organizations & Aid Workers : Psychosocial Training Is Ineffective In Mitigating Secondary Traumatic Stress
"Thank you for your research! I would like to point out an approach that is supported by experts in the field, integrating movement, breathing, and concentration to re-regulate the nervous system and release Secondary Traumatic Stress.  This…"
May 19, 2015
Danielle Ancin posted a blog post

Incarcerated youth: creating space for community and healing

This blog entry is cross-posted from http://dynamicmindfulness.org/building-community-juvenile-hall/ Every six months, Niroga Institute conducts three day-long yoga retreats in Juvenile Hall, where we teach 14 weekly classes in trauma-informed yoga and stress management. It’s a day of deepening our practice, building community, sharing food and experiences, and having fun.  We recently conducted a…See More
Jun 12, 2014
Danielle Ancin updated their profile
Jun 11, 2014
Danielle Ancin is now friends with Mohid Iftikhar and HIDAYAT UALLH
Jun 11, 2014
Danielle Ancin replied to Allison Bates's discussion Social Entrepreneurship Short Program for High School Students; July 19-August 3 in Costa Rica
"Hi, Are scholarships available for this program?  I work with high school students from disadvantaged communities and would love to tell them about the opportunity if so. Thank you!"
Mar 14, 2014
Danielle Ancin liked Craig Zelizer's discussion Article on Trauma Sensitive Peacebuilding
Dec 22, 2013
Danielle Ancin and Ferdous Aziz are now friends
Nov 16, 2012
Danielle Ancin left a comment for Bartolomeu Capita
"Hi Bartolomeu, Thanks for your message - good luck to you. I support your cause and appreciate the information you have shared about Cabinda.   Peace, Danielle"
Nov 12, 2012
Danielle Ancin left a comment for Joaquin Salazar
"Estimado Joaquin/Ryusho, Acabo de descubrir el portal de mensajes en PCDN, y leí tu mensaje de hace 3 años! Que vergüenza… disculpa la tarde respuesta! Me parece muy bien lo que estás haciendo en RD. Nosotros hacemos…"
Nov 12, 2012
Bartolomeu Capita left a comment for Danielle Ancin
"Dear Danielle, thank you so much for the friendship. I'm a refugee under UNHCR mandate and have been in Switzerland for four years. The situation of refugees in Switzerland is worse than in Africa at this point in time. The Federal…"
Nov 8, 2012
Danielle Ancin and Bartolomeu Capita are now friends
Oct 14, 2012
Danielle Ancin replied to Craig Zelizer's discussion Live-streaming this week Generations For Peace Samsung Advanced Training (focus on sport and Peacebuilding) including a number of sessions by Dr. Zelizer
"Hello,  It says there is a schedule attached - where can I find that?  Thanks! Danielle"
Oct 10, 2012
Bartolomeu Capita liked Danielle Ancin's profile
Oct 6, 2012
Danielle Ancin commented on Craig Zelizer's video

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Sep 22, 2012
Danielle Ancin commented on Ryan Nichols's blog post Trauma Studies and Conflict Resolution
"Thanks for posting on this important subject, Ryan!  I believe the impact of trauma on the way we behave as individuals and as a society is too often underestimated. For people suffering acute trauma, talking about the incident and cultivating…"
Sep 21, 2012
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Sep 19, 2012

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Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
I am a nonprofit manager, trauma-informed yoga instructor, and dancer working for social and educational justice, stress management, and trauma healing for youth in Oakland, California. I graduated from the Monterey Institute of International Studies Master of Public Administration program. I currently work as Program Manager and Therapeutic Yoga Instructor for Niroga Institute.

While international development work still largely focuses on the external environment, injustices also affect our internal environment, brought on by exposure to chronic stress, insecurity, and trauma. In my work I share tools to support emotional, mental, and physical health and resilience with youth in schools and detention facilities, as well as with teachers, mental health professionals, and refugee service providers. I have worked in the Palestinian Territories, Colombia, Brazil, Paraguay, Senegal, and the United States.

My passions include trauma healing, popular education, participatory group facilitation, dance, languages, yoga, and art and movement as vehicles to spiritual growth. I speak English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French and am really enjoying learning Arabic!
Please indicate if you're joining PCDN as an individual or organization (please mark the appropriate category)
individual (student)
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
Brazil, Colombia, Senegal, Paraguay, Mexico, Spain, United States, Palestinian Territories
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
United States
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Nonprofit Program Manager and Trauma-informed Yoga Instructor (Niroga Institute)
How many years professional experience do you have ?
What is your personal or organizational website?
Which Languages do you speak Proficiently? (note we can not list all languages, only some major world languages or ones related to conflict regions)
French, Portugese, Spanish
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Education, Environment, Facilitation, Health, Internally Displaced, Nonviolence, Organizational Development, Psychosocial, Refugees, Sports for Development, Violence Prevention, Youth
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Capacity Building, Communication, Curriculum Development, Evaluation, Program Administration, Program Design, Program Implemenation, Research, Qualitative Skills, Training
Please select the donors (bi-lateral, international or foundations) in which you have direct and signifcant experience (either work for the donor or on projects funded by them)
USAID, United Nations
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
Yoga as an intervention for overcoming complex trauma
If appropriate feel free to list several of your (or your organization's) publications
Tranformative Life Skills curriculum for high school and middle school classrooms. Niroga Institute, Oakland, California (2012)

Urban Reforestation in Rio de Janeiro: Reducing Risk in Informal Settlements in the Context of
Climate Change. United Nations Human Settlements Division, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2008)

El asociacionismo de los inmigrantes senegaleses y marroquíes en la ciudad de Granada.
Conferencia Internacional sobre la Inmigración, Girona, Spain. (2004)

Danielle Ancin's Blog

Incarcerated youth: creating space for community and healing

Posted on June 12, 2014 at 4:11pm 0 Comments

This blog entry is cross-posted from http://dynamicmindfulness.org/building-community-juvenile-hall/


Every six months, Niroga Institute conducts three day-long yoga retreats in Juvenile Hall, where we teach 14 weekly classes in trauma-informed yoga and stress management. It’s a day of deepening our practice, building community, sharing food and experiences, and having fun.  We…


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At 5:57pm on November 8, 2012, Bartolomeu Capita said…

Dear Danielle, thank you so much for the friendship. I'm a refugee under UNHCR mandate and have been in Switzerland for four years. The situation of refugees in Switzerland is worse than in Africa at this point in time. The Federal Government of Switzerland is no longer complying with its obligations under the 1951 UN Refugee Convention and related 1967 Protocol. Hence Switzerland is experiencing a widening and frightening xenophobia. Refugees willing to leave the country are prevented from doing so and so on... In advance, much thanks for your help in this matter. Best regards!!!

At 9:09pm on July 12, 2012, Jennifer Lentfer said…

Thanks for your comment on my post Danielle! I hope you continue to follow how-matters.org!

At 6:31am on July 29, 2011, sowmya ayyar said…
dear danielle, wow! i see you have so much experience on this topic. Can you share a story about your experiences in Colombia, or with prisons, and how yoga facilitates peace? especially if you have some methodologies that you used to research this.....

could you also email me, as my internet in india is not the greatest, and i tend to stay on gmail only for days at a time?

you might also be interested in a blog i wrote on teens & yoga: http://sowmyaayyar.wordpress.com

smiles!!! :)
At 1:58pm on April 23, 2011, shyam tosawad said…
Dear friend
"Vasudev kutukbkam" entire world is a family.This is the teaching of our indian culture and tradition.This is a wonderful site to to know our inner self and each other and can make a world a family.
We created countries, boundaries,religions,cast,race for any reason.But this the time to realize that we are one and naturally interconnected with each other which we can just realize by watching inhale and exhale of our breaths. The source is same without any discrimination of religion and boundaries, equally for all living life of universe .When we understand this simple thing then we must understand how our and other's life is equally important, valuable and respectable .
We should follow the nature's rule,God has given us a human life not for destruction but to look after the wellbeing of all living life so that peace and harmony can establish in this planet.
I shall be happy if we could be a friend with harmonious relationship.
At 3:09am on December 7, 2009, Joaquin Salazar said…
Saludos Danielle: Gracias por su comentario. Algo más: mi nombre budista es Ryusho y soy sacerdote Soto Zen y lider de un grupo de practicantes aqui en Santo Domingo. me gustaría saber más acerca de su práctica, maestro, zendo, etc.
Mi e-mail personal es "joaquin.salazar@yahoo.com", para facilitar el contacto.
Mis mejores deseos,
At 9:31pm on November 20, 2009, Sami Abu Zagarit said…
Hello .............
At 4:50am on November 17, 2009, Robert WoW De Souza said…
Please feel free to add me as a friend as I cannot add any more due to ning restrictions. Keep up the great work you do to empower others. Here is a great link for peace lovers:

At 5:00pm on November 8, 2009, Sohail Mahmood said…
how are u doing?
nice to meet u here
((hugs)) my dear
take care
At 9:19am on November 8, 2009, Binod Kumar Bhujel said…
hi Danielle

Nice to see you in network. Keep up your vision.

Binod from Nepal

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