FIT6: Yoga Instructor Dana McGowan

FIT6: Yoga Instructor Dana McGowan

(Cover and story photos credit: Nick Gargala and Aubrey Renee Photography)

Every week, the Louisville Women’s Sports Network highlights a local woman by asking her six questions about her health and fitness routine. Sponsored by Baptist Health Sports Medicine, this week’s guest is Dana McGowan. If there is a woman you’d like us to feature, email suggestions to

IMG_0120Tell Us a Little About Yourself

My name is Dana McGowan and I am a Buti Yoga instructor at Play Louisville.

Six Questions About Your Fitness & Health

1) What is your weekly training/exercise routine?

My daily fitness routine consists of me getting on my yoga mat every day. Some days it’s for 10 minutes, other days it’s 60. Buti Yoga is my favorite type of yoga because I feel so much freedom in my practice. Buti Yoga fuses Plyometrics, tribal dance, and power yoga into a 60-minute sweat session.

2) How do you prepare for a workout?

I prepare for a workout by starting my practice in child’s pose or in a seated position, and take a body scan. If I’m really tight, I show my body some love by adding in extra stretching. The beauty of yoga is I can do it anywhere. I’m not afraid to stop, drop, and yoga where ever I am!

3) What do you eat, drink or do for quick energy?

I’m a big tea drinker, so for a burst of energy my drink of choice is mint tea with honey in it. I have two snacks that I love before teaching that are polar opposites: chips and salsa or a smoothie from LIFEbar (Gorilla’s Delight with strawberries).

4) What is your daily nutritional meal plan when training?

I do not believe in diets. I only get this life once and I want to enjoy all of the yumminess it has to offer…. in moderation! Yoga makes me happy and food makes me happy. Luckily, my body blends the two quite nicely. Every body is different, so you have to find what works for YOU!

12084827_10153663608247430_1156833614_o5) What do you snack on between meals when training?

Some of my favorite snacks are carrots dipped in buffalo sauce (I know it sounds crazy, but it’s so good); apples with peanut butter; chips and salsa or guacamole; and salads.

6) What are your fitness & health goals?

My personal fitness goals right now are handstands and getting my straddle splits. Flexibility does not come easily for me, so I really have to practice a lot to maintain it! As far as handstands go, I know that every time I fall down its a lesson to press on, to fight, to get back up. I always embrace my practice when it gets messy because that’s usually when I learn the most!

My career goal as a yoga teacher is to help everyone I meet fall in love with themselves- not just on the outside. I mean fall in love with their core as a person, which is extremely hard to do in today’s society. I believe you must exercise your heart as much as your body! For me, that exercise is yoga. Find what you love and look forward to practice wise. Whether it’s lifting weights, spinning, running, or yoga, if you don’t enjoy it, it will feel like a chore. Fitness is a gift!