This summer Elevation Studio, located at 1661 Farm and Garden, is offering daily yoga classes provided by Danielle Duffy, creator of Elevation Studio, and other instructors including, Katie, Kelsay, Taryn, and Ryan.
Duffy discovered her passion for yoga in the mid 1990s in Costa Rica.
“I started practicing on the beach and people just started joining me, because there were no formal classes then,” Duffy said.
In the late 1990s after Duffy’s completed her first training in Pilates, she started teaching on Block Island wherever she could find a space for classes.
“Pilates was like a missing piece for me in yoga practice, it really helped with my alignment of my spine, my posture, and it really helped my yoga practice,” Duffy said.
After starting to teach yoga and Pilates on the island, Duffy completed training in New York City, and continued to get her yoga certification in 2010. Since then, Duffy still continues her yoga education by taking online workshops and classes, including for her advanced yoga training certification.
“I personally love it because it keeps me fresh, and it also brings new inspiration for my classes.” Duffy said.
Along with her studio on Block Island, Duffy has a studio in Costa Rica that also includes yoga retreats. Duffy offers an online membership so participants from anywhere can access her classes online. A day pass for an online class is 10 dollars.
“I started taking Danielle’s classes in Costa Rica where I met her,” Nena Ocampo, who’s been practicing with Duffy for six years, said. “What I love about her classes is that she is very intentional. Not only does she teach from experience but she also provides reading and things that I can incorporate into my life. She also explains anatomy and why each pose helps your body. She teaches from a place of love.”
According to Duffy, the classes are for all levels and all instructors teach to accommodate and are able to give modifications. “It’s an inclusive place,” Duffy said.
There are a variety of different types of yoga classes throughout the week. Yin Yang yoga is a slower, deeper practice. Yoga fusion is a blend of Pilates, vinyasa, and yin-yoga.
“I love fusion, it’s a good workout. But I also love Yin because when you need to slow down, relax, and pay attention to the present, it’s perfect for that,” Ocampo said.
There is also rise up yoga, an energizing yoga class at 7 a.m., and gentle yoga, which is a slower-paced yoga that is vinyasa and yin like, and much more.
“My favorite thing about yoga is just the way it permeates into your everyday life. For me yoga has been the most helpful when I’m off the mat,” Duffy said. “If you really dive into the practices, teaching, and the principles, it really has to do with cultivating awareness, that’s when the magic happens.”
Each class is $25, and class passes are offered including a five-class pass and a 20-class pass, so you can pay in advance.
Elevation studio is open on Block Island through September. Duffy also offers private group sessions. To find more information and to join the classes online go to
“To me, the consciousness, the awareness, and the healing that yoga can bring for me, is yoga. That’s the biggest benefit,” Duffy said.

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