Dan Nevins is a professional inspirational speaker and Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga teacher. He shares his story of service on and off of the battlefield, as well as the lessons he has learned in a decade post injury as a bilateral amputee living with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). His story of how yoga profoundly changed his life continues to be his source of inspiration to lead fellow wounded warriors around the country to yoga, mindfulness and meditation. Dan’s story is inspiring warriors, leaders and people of all walks of life to create positive choice-changes for themselves and the world.
Dan is an alumnus of, and advocate for Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP), which is the organization he gives credit for the start of his successful rehabilitation, positive “anything is possible” attitude and more importantly, his passion for helping fellow wounded warriors in any way that he can. Dan joined the Army while still in high school as an enlisted paratrooper stationed first, in Germany. During his enlistment, he also spent four years at Fort Bragg, NC, where he graduated from the Non-Commissioned Officers Academy as distinguished honor graduate. After his years on active duty and graduating from Sonoma State University while in the California Army National Guard, he joined Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, where he excelled as a sales representative.
In February 2004, Nevins deployed to Balad Iraq, as a member of Task Force Tacoma, where he served as a squad leader. On November 10th, 2004, an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated beneath his vehicle resulting in a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the amputation of his left leg below the knee. His right leg was also severely damaged, which he subsequently made the painful choice to amputate three years later, due to constant pain and recurring bone infections. Dan spent two years at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) in Washington DC, and underwent over thirty surgeries to date.
Dan relocated to Jacksonville, FL following medical retirement from the Army in August of 2006. Dan was appointed community outreach manager for the PGA TOUR in April of 2007 and in May 2008, he was awarded the George C. Lang Award for Courage, the highest honor bestowed by WWP. Dan is an inspiration to his peers and the warriors he serves. He successfully summited Mount Kilimanjaro in 2010 with two of his fellow wounded veterans and continues to challenge himself and others both physically and mentally through a variety of sports, a determined yoga practice, his speaking and his teaching.
Dan is passionate about the life changing power of yoga, mindfulness and meditation as a result of his own personal journey with yoga to combat the invisible wounds of war he was dealing with long after his physical wounds had healed. Dan was frustrated with his first attempts at yoga while wearing prosthetic legs, and once he made the choice-change to try the practice with his legs off; his world cracked open and his life changed after experiencing a connection to the earth that he’d been missing for close to a decade. Dan feels so strongly about the life changing power of yoga for “every-body”, that he has devoted most of his time to speaking about what he has learned, teaching yoga to warriors, leading “Take Off Your Legs” yoga workshops, teacher trainings and master classes at every opportunity. Dan has now completed through Level 3 Baptiste Yoga Training and is a Yoga Alliance RYT-200 Certified Yoga Instructor.