Daniella's Dance with Yoga
My dance with yoga began when I was only 5 years old – as a hyperactive child that could not sit still. I was always on the move and regularly overwhelmed - I felt that I had so much to do. I was sent to yoga classes to teach me to sit still (just for a minute!) and ultimately find a sense of calm, focus and confidence.
Stressed out Science Student
For better or worse, I spent most of my early adult hood as a poor University student and in my late 20's completed a doctorate in medical science and then in communications. With very little income for many years, I did not believe that I could justify paying large sums of money for a fitness membership so instead I would jog in the streets, parks, almost anywhere – its free!!!. On occasions, I would treat myself to a yoga class & experience the yoga bliss!
Stressed Out Working Mum
Ten years later as a wife and then mother of two adorable children, I continued to jog to destress. I yearned for the bliss that I felt at the end of a yoga class...but I did not prioritise myself - I just felt too busy..
With no yoga to calm me down, my stress levels increased with a demanding boss and young children that were in need of my attention and loving care. I was feeling the demands from all areas of life - imbalanced and felt I was heading for a nervous breakdown as I was yelling & crying in response to the tiniest of issues - I now know I was experiencing chronic stress. My life could not continue as it was - I needed a change...
I decided to leave my corporate job and soon after I was diagnosed with thyroid imbalance - a potentially serious issue - I had a small lump in my thyroid & I was frightened of cancer!
I read that yoga could help heal hormonal imbalances like my thryoid & also support rollercoaster emotions - so I returned to the mat. After I a long break, I began attending two classes a week to help heal my thyroid. Yoga & deep relaxation from the svasana meditation was exactly what I needed - to calm my body & mind!
Yoga Retreat calling...
At this vulnerable stage of my life, when I was truly focused on improving my health, I decided to gift myself a yoga & meditation retreat. On retreat, my dance with yoga truly began inspired by others on a healing journey, like me. Together we experienced unique healing practices and learnt so much from each other, and the skilled teachers - forming strong bonds - it was incredible! Most importantly, I learnt to prioritise my own self-care and then my relationship with family & friends - a mind shift that changed me forever.
The Science of Yoga
I.became intrigued with the ancient wisdom of yoga and wanted to understand yoga affected my body and mind on a physiological, cellular and molecular level. I went deeper into my yoga with a teacher. training .
My medical research doctorate was studying hormones, mainly for osteoporosis, so I knew a lot about hormones already and I wanted to understand how yoga worked to balance and heal my hormone levels.
Nowadays, my yoga classes always include a yoga sequence that is critical in balancing hormones and stress - whether its thryoid, estrogen, testosterone or the stress hormone - cortisol. Most of us will experience chronic stress at some point in their life - and an increasing amount of research shows that yoga can help with chronic. stress and related conditions from headaches to IBS...
Meditation Teaching Begins
On my second trip to India, I decided to train as a meditation teacher so I could truly teach meditation to my community. I had learnt mindful meditation and incorporated this into my own personal practice was sharing it in classes, grateful for the enormous benefits quietening the mind it gave to my students.
On Sunday afternoons, I love to gather with the Yogarama community for a meditation circle together to quieten the mind, heal the body and nourish the spirit - to help visualise and manifest their best dream life...
Individual Yoga Therapy
Studying yoga therapy, supported my intention for every yogi to maintain optimal health through a well-balanced yoga and meditation practice supported by a life style that is tuned into the cycles of nature. The 5000-year-old sister science of yoga, known as Ayurveda philosophy is connected with the five elements of nature: earth, fire water, ether and air. It characterises people into three different categories called doshas.
I am a VATA dosha (VATA is my constitution in Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga) - I am always busy, creative and often feel stressed, even anxious with so much going on in my life - I don't like to slow down.
My personal yoga and meditation practice is designed to balance my VATA dosha, to support me in slowing down and calming my mind so I don't feel stressed and anxious.
I'm here to help you discover your Ayurvedic Dosha to design a personal yoga practice tailored to you...
Yoga Community - Journey to Your Dream Life.
Yogarama has grown to become a community of like-minded yogis that love practising outdoors in a setting connected to nature. Retreats are a key part of the Yogarama journey to explore better health as I know how the retreat experience gave me a kick start when I was at crossroads & struggling with my health.
I've co-hosted over 20 yoga wellness yoga retreats and am passionate about goddess retreats for women - read our testimonials from to discover the enormous benefits! Retreaters are women like you, 35-70 years.
Yogarama experiences include yoga and mindful meditation classes, full day retreats and weekend retreats in the bush as well as yoga for chronic stress to help heal stress-related conditions (one-one or groups).
That’s a bit about me and my yoga and meditation journey and I’d love to hear about you. Until then…
Be Well, Be Happy, Be Safe and Live Your Dream...
Love and light,