Yoga helps me;
find “myself”, the true “inner self”
Strength in silence, determination in peace.
Being in the moment with my breath,
Relaxing and “letting go”
Becoming a “whole” with my body and soul,
Reaching “oneness” in harmony with the universe,
Showing me the ” divine truth” in life
Living each moment with awareness,
And going along the way, with love always...
Divya Beste Dolanay
I started my yoga and meditation journey in 2000, during the recovery period of a sports accident that caused a severe spinal fracture. It was a transformational time and a turning point towards a holistic lifestyle for me. I recovered completely, eventually becoming a disciplined yoga practitioner and a yoga teacher. Having gone through countless transitional periods and uncertainties in my life-such as moving 14 times in 10 years- I believe I have encountered and overcome so many hurdles, following yoga and meditation path, with the support of the holistic wellness approach and self-care tools.
We all have to go through some difficult transitional periods, experience ups and downs or lapses. We feel less motivated & energised from time to time and lack of balance. We have to learn to say goodbye to old habits, places, jobs, relationships that do not nurture our hearts, or to let go of situations that do not serve us any more. Having the strength to be able to say ‘no’ and setting some boundaries are important parts of wellness and self-care.
I strongly believe that opening our hearts to all opportunities and moving on when it is time, are the most precious experiences in this lifetime that all of us are here to learn.
Guiding students, friends & family who asked for my support for more than 15 years, using the gentle power of ancient wisdom and healing arts, mentoring and coaching them about the ways of holistic lifestyle, helping them to reconnect with their authenticity, supporting them to cope with anxiety and stress, inspiring them to prioritise wellbeing was -and still is-my greatest gift, my dharma (life purpose) and also the best way for me to live my own life. As a Yoga & Meditation teacher and a Holistic Wellness Coach, I feel privileged to witness their self-discoveries and to be part of their transformational & healing paths, while offering them an open, friendly, warm, safe and nurturing space to support them throughout their journeys for living a more balanced, holistic, wholesome, happy and healthy life.
I am not done discovering myself yet. As they say, 'I am complete but not finished'. Life journeys are like never-ending stories, I feel I am forever growing and evolving, but I feel the power within me and feel true freedom to choose whatever path is best for me.
Soul searching with an honest, open heart… Finding your true self may take a lifetime. But it is always worth trying, don’t you think?
My Yoga and Wellness Journey
More about me and my yoga life...
Divya Beste Dolanay was born on 1 July 1974, in Ankara-Turkey. She has been teaching yoga and meditation since 2004 (YIC-vyasa-Vivekananda Yoga Therapy University). Upon completing the training program, she was given the name "Divya", meaning 'divine power', by her teacher. She completed Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Paul & Suzee Grilley in 2011 and she is also a certified Prenatal Hatha yoga teacher (YIC-Yoga Education Institute), and a holistic life & wellness coach (NESTA/Spencer Institute). She has been following the Tibetian Shambhala lineage (shambhala.org) more than a decade now, which is a spiritual path that includes ongoing mindfulness trainings and practices. She has attended workshops, International Yoga conferences, retreats and completed extensive trainings with worldwide known teachers, including Sarah Powers, Paul Grilley, Cyndi Lee, Seane Corn, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, Mooji, Peter Levine... She learned about various styles of yoga and mindfulness meditation, Traditional Chinese Medicine, energetic pathways, Yoga Thaimassage, healing trauma, somatic experiencing, recovery yoga, functional yoga and yoga anatomy. You can find more information about the trainings/workshops that she has attended here.
She has taught yoga to children, teenagers and adults in Turkey, India, South Africa and Holland. She is specialised in gentle Integral/Hatha yoga, yin/yang yoga, slow flow, mindfulness meditation, yoga therapy, recovery yoga, prenatal yoga, restorative yoga and YogaMassage Therapy. She has been teaching yoga & meditation for people with various ailments and chronic conditions such as MS, scoliosis, cancer and addiction recovery, ADD, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, fibromyalgia, adrenal fatigue and burnout. Her classes focus on mindfulness, functional yoga, energetic pathways, breath awareness and healing power of yoga. You can find more information about the styles of yoga that she teaches here.
She founded the first children's yoga program and created first kids yoga website in Turkey named 'yOgaMini Project' in 2004, with the aim of teaching yoga at schools. In February 2008, she wrote a children's yoga book called 'Lotus Çiçekleri-yOgaMini Projesi' (Lotus Flowers-The yOgaMini Project), which was published by Alfa Yayınları. Same year, she created the yogaDivya.net website, where besides yoga, she started to share her travel articles and creative freestyle pieces. After moving back to Turkey, from South Africa where she lived 2 years, she opened a yoga studio together with her colleague in İzmir, Turkey in 2009. In 2010, she started to give children's yoga-yOgaMini Project Teacher Training Programs in Istanbul, Turkey.
After moving to Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 2011, she completed 3 levels of Thai massage training courses in Amsterdam and in Thailand. In 2017-2018, she completed two certification programs with Nesta-Spencer Institute, Holistic Life Coaching (CHLC) and Wellness Coaching (CWC) and started professional coaching.
She founded her company 'Holistic Wellness' in The Netherlands in 2017. Holistic Wellness offers yoga, mindfulness meditation, breath awareness and stress management classes and workshops, yogaMassage Therapy and holistic life & wellness coaching for individuals and organisations, to help them live a more balanced, healthy, wholesome life.
In 2017, she also joined 'Karma Yoga Project' , where she teaches Recovery Yoga with a group of volunteer yoga teachers at an addiction treatment center, Amsterdam. Karma Yoga Project is a non-for-profit organization, who offers yoga, meditation, mindfulness and yoga nidra sessions for people who are recovering from addiction and trauma related issues. You can find more information about her karma yoga, seva work and volunteer projects since 1998, here.
She currently resides in Amsterdam, in The Netherlands. You can find information about her current yoga classes/workshops here.
"Yoga is invigoration in relaxation. Freedom in routine. Confidence through self control.
Energy within and energy without."