"Darlene Vander Hoop is an inspiring and multi-dimensional teacher; her wealth of experience and knowledge is magical. I felt transported to a different dimension while attending her Yin classes as well as the Yin Yoga Teacher Training. The Yin practice has been instrumental in helping me improve my postures in regular 'Yang' classes. Her love for sharing her perspective and experience was refreshing and I felt the shift not only in my yoga practice but in my mind as well. I will certainly look forward to her next visit in Australia. NAMASTE!"
Xen Angelides , personal trainer, fitness instructor
"The experience and knowledge I have gained from my time with Darlene has not only opened my personal practice but attuned my teaching abilities. Her grace and knowledge has been exponential in moving my consciousness and for this I am eternally grateful."
Light & Love
Kim Keane - Yoga Instructor
Dar, your BIKRAM classes are consistently the best I have every taken. You are a step above... and then comes the Vinyasa flow and Yin.. masterful at all! Every studio should have you.
certified Bikram teacher
What a Workshop, Dar!! You were magnificent. The raves are coming in. You brought us into challenging postures with appropriate props, engaged us with the benefits of the posture ~ adding scents to enhance, which distracted the critical mind, while telling us what we will notice tomorrow. Genius!
No one could possibly compete with you. Your essences are a brilliant combo.I would be the first to sign up. Please consider coming again in early spring. Thank You deep and wide.
owner/director STAIRWAY TO WELLNESS
Richland Center, Wisconsin
After taking your amazing Bikram class...I knew I had to be there for the next workshop! It was seriously Life Changing for me!!! You said during class that this workshop may bring up feelings and emotions...and I kind of thought to myself "oh whatever" (sorry...I'm new to letting go and letting my feelings flow). Anyway...when you put that cool scented cottonball on my 3rd eye...I just opened up...I had set my intention at the beginning of class "to love and experience love"...I was overwhelmed and so appreciative for how much love I felt pouring to me and through me and out from me!! The tears (joyful tears) just flowed!!!! Thank you for being so "real" and spreading light, goodness and joy!!
San Francisco, CA
Dar, You changed my life and body today... You are divine!
Thanks and love, Jo Paige
Traverse City, MI (attended BhaktiFest)
"Her energy and caring nature was in abundance. With each Asana, pranayama and meditation felt like a journey of her extensive experience that she was so willing to share. Her worldliness and life experiences bought a lift to my heart. Her stories of her life & Yoga journey made me realize that there is so much more to learn and so much more to give our students. I wish I had more time to spend with her wonderful soul."
Darren S Brown
"Darlene is a woman of substance! The insights have been terrific especially learning about Yin and the importance of balance from doing Yang. Also learnt a lot about Chakra healing and aroma therapy. Darlene is witty, Funny and full of Zest and life! Keep teaching your magical wisdom."
Thank you and NAMASTE!
Elynn Angelides - Fire Shaper Instructor
Darlene, the Bikram classes you teach at "Bikram Yoga Danbury" are amazing..keep coming back!
certified Bikram teacher/studio owner.
"While I have done Yin before, this was a new experience. It was deeper, more intense and more rewarding. When coming out of the positions, the feeling of release was so sweet, (sukha) that I feel I will be forever addicted to this practice.
After the session, I noticed that the Yin workshop allowed me to manage stressful situations with a new level of calm and a greater ability to stay in the present. Applying the Yin allowed me to be more mindful. This ability is invaluable.
I really appreciated all of your effort and time and hope to see you again in Australia. Teaching Yin next Thursday and I can’t wait to start imparting this knowledge to others as well as enjoying the benefits in my own life.
Eunice Arden-Wood – Fire Shaper Instructor
*** Regarding YIN MASTER CLASS with AROMA! Attending the Yin Aroma Workshop transported my husband Dave and I to a calm, warm, candle filled, blissful place. The minute we laid our mats on the floor I knew we were in for a very special treat. The oils were perfectly administered and the gentle voice of Dar allowed us to fully receive both the aromas and the poses. We were amazed that three hours passed so quickly.This workshop is definitely one that a person could indulge in over and over again and never tire of it! The best yin class we've ever experienced! Thanks Dar!
Amy Roland, certified yoga teacher
"Through the power of her yin training Darlene connected me too the inner soul of my practice, her wealth of knowledge is undeniable. Darlene was able to remind me of that deep healing place we come to within our yoga - the true meaning of why we practice.
Darlene's method of teaching is practical and kind. She imparts so much information without leaving you feeling overwhelmed or out if your depth. This experience was divine."
Natasha Hayward – Senior Fire Shaper Instructor
"Life changing experience; my yoga will never be same. Dar’s connection to me as a student, helping me go inwards, feel grounded and enlightening my practice. The experience, knowledge, humor and light that she brings to not only the class but life in general is extraordinary."
Justin Quilligan, Brittany and Jack
To director and owner of Inner Fire Yoga,,
A special, one of a kind instructor in this place actually changed my life: This teacher is Darlene. With Darlene I started understanding what all the books and the articles mean when they talk about the connection between your body and your soul. With her deep understanding and wide knowledge about yoga, I started getting the idea that yoga is much more than "just an exercise class". When I start understanding the connection between the poses of yoga and the meditation of my mind, I start feeling the changes in me. She is a one of a kind teacher. No wonder so many of the other great instructors quote her sentences during their class. With her I know that it is okay to smile and even laugh when you are working hard, it is okay to let it go. and you can improve at any age. I feel so lucky that I have such great yoga teachers. Thank you Darlene for changing my life. BTW: Dar teaches an amazing Bikram Yoga class (and I have taken them all over AT CERTIFIED STUDIOS...and then she can switch and whips out a challenging and fun Power Flow, A YIN.. SHE DOES IT ALL... AMAZING!
Thank you all ,
Nati Israeli, grade school teacher, Madison, Wi.
To the staff at Inner Fire Yoga:
In addition to her outstanding teaching ability in every style at Inner Fire, Dar creates "heaven on earth" with her aromatic potions. The depth and focus of practice transcends any yoga experience when her aromas are present. It is undoubtedly a must-have experience. Also, her concoctions have greatly improved my skin. After trying treatment upon treatment for my patchy dry and oily skin, one of Darlene's homemade remedies ( Sacred Skin elixer) finally did the trick. Her aromas and experience are an asset to my and many other's yoga worlds.
Megan Kling, 25
grad student/performing arts coach, Certified Yoga Teacher
I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you Darlene for all the work and heart that you put into the Chakra Workshop last weekend. I really appreciate the fact that you (an expert instructor) are in Madison, and that I've begun my practice in the right place, at the right time (for me). I'm not sure how else to say it, but I was so OPEN by the end of the class. I just wanted you to know that your efforts were beneficial and appreciated.
certified yoga teacher