My Yoga Journey
"Whenever I think of Beste, I feel the warmth and love that she radiates. Beste, I thank you for having taught me for so long and hope that our paths may cross again." Franz
Divya Beste Dolanay
She started her yoga journey in 2000, during the recovery period of a sports accident that caused a severe spinal fracture when she was 26 years old. It was a transformational time and a turning point towards a holistic lifestyle for her. She recovered completely, eventually becoming a disciplined yoga practitioner and a yoga & mindfulness meditation teacher. After her daughter’s birth, she completed her yoga teacher training (vyasa-Vivekananda Yoga Therapy University) in 2004 and she was given the name "Divya" by her teacher, meaning 'divine power'. She started teaching yoga for children at schools in, creating the 'yOgaMini Project' and the first children's yoga website in Turkey. In February 2008, she wrote a children's yoga book called 'Lotus Çiçekleri-yOgaMini Projesi'.
Upon moving back to Turkey, from South Africa where she lived for 2 years, she opened a yoga studio together with her colleague in İzmir, Turkey in 2009. In 2011, She completed Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Paul & Suzee Grilley. She is also a Prenatal Hatha yoga teacher, a YogaThai massage therapist and a certified Holistic Wellness coach. In 2017, she founded her company 'Holistic Wellness' in The Netherlands offering yoga, coaching and holistic wellness workshops to individuals & orgaizations.
She has also been following the Tibetian Buddist Shambhala lineage for more than a decade now. Shambhala (shambhala.org) is a spiritual path with ongoing mindfulness trainings and practices. Upon completion of several trainings with this lineage in 10 years, she received the name "Awake Sunlight'.
She has attended various yoga, meditation, mindfulness, energy, trauma & healing related workshops, International yoga conferences, retreats and completed extensive trainings with world-renowned teachers, including Sarah Powers, Paul Grilley, Cyndi Lee, Seane Corn, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, Mooji, Jack Kornfield, Peter Levine, Tara Brach, Donna Eden, Tiffany Cruikshank, Richard Miller... You can find more information about the trainings/workshops that she has attended here.
Her teaching style is a blend of gentle Hatha Yoga flow, mindfulness meditation, somatic healing methodologies, trauma sensitive movements, breathing and relaxation techniques and wisdom of energy meridians & chakras. The emphasis of her classes is to cultivate awareness and to create a deeper connection with self. Her aim is to help maintain optimum positive health and a balanced body-mind and spirit, using the power of ancient teachings and various holistic healing tools.
Divya Beste Dolanay has been also an avid karma yoga practitioner and she has been actively involved in various seva/volunteer projects in Turkey, South Africa, The Netherlands and India since 1998, especially related with children, environment and addiction recovery. You can find her seva work and volunteer projects here.
She currently resides in Amsterdam, in The Netherlands. You can find information about her current yoga classes and workshops here.