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, March 2009
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 life & 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.
Throughout my spiritual journey, during deep self-study and self reflection, I came to a realisation and most importantly, total acceptance of three things:
1. Everything changes.
2. We always have a choice.
3. Every single part of our existence is interconnected.
All things in life change and we always have choices to find our own ways to adapt those changes. Taking all this wisdom to my heart, I started making conscious choices while living my life in a holistic way as much as possible. Giving priority for self-care and finding outlets for myself always saved the day for me! Little by little, I came closer to myself, I went through some deep soul work for uncovering areas that I was stuck with. I worked on various mindset and behavioral changes, which led me to the desired outcomes. During these times, helping my students, friends and family showed me how much we all have in common and the similarities about how we sometimes suffer in this world. We are all connected, we are all ONE in the sense of sharing similar desires, goals, outcomes which all boil down to: Being healthy and happy. As simple as that. 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… True change and a real transformation may take a lifetime. But it is always worth trying, don’t you think?
More About me...
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 Grilley in 2011 and Mindfulness Meditation trainings with Tibetian Shambhala lineage (shambhala.org) between 2007-2017. She has attended workshops and completed extensive trainings with worldwide known teachers, including Sarah Powers, Seane Corn, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, Mooji, Peter Levine. The workshops & trainings were specifically about various styles of yoga and mindfulness meditation, healing trauma, somatic experiencing, functional yoga and yoga anatomy. She is also a certified prenatal hatha yoga teacher (YIC-Yoga Education Institute) You can find more information about the trainings/workshops 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, mindfulness meditation, yoga therapy, recovery yoga, prenatal yoga and restorative yoga. She has been teaching yoga & meditation for people with various ailments and chronic conditions such as MS, scoliosis, ADD, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, addictions, fibromyalgia, adrenal fatigue and burnout. Her classes focus on mindfulness, functional yoga, breath awareness, stress management 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 he 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, workshops and holistic life & wellness coaching for individuals and organisations, to help them live a more balanced, healthy, wholesome life.
She currently resides in Amsterdam, in The Netherlands. You can find information about her current yoga classes/workshops here.