My Journey
                

"Your body exists in the past and your mind exists in the future. In yoga, they come together in the present" B. K.S. Iyengar

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My holistic wellness journey began in 2000, during the recovery period of a sports accident that caused me a severe spinal fracture when I was 26 years old. This injury-and the healing process-was a transformational turning point towards my own holistic wellness. After full recovery, I trained to become a disciplined yoga & meditation practitioner and a yoga teacher. Yoga, mindfulness, meditation, e
nergy work and various healing modalities have always fascinated me. I strongly believe in the wisdom of Eastern disciplines and the self healing power within us. My passion for sharing what I learn has guided me to support my clients, students, friends and family through their healing and transformative journeys.

  • In 2000, the first training I took was the powerful energy work; Reiki. Later, I began to explore various spiritual paths and other energy healing modalities, which led me to yoga. I started practicing yoga while I was working full time as a corporate relations consultant in Istanbul to help with my lower back pain, cope with stress and regulate mood & emotions.

  • In 2004, I completed my first yoga teacher training (vyasa-Vivekananda Yoga Therapy University). I was given the name "Divya" by my teacher, meaning 'divine power'. After my training, I volunteered to work as a teacher assistant for Vyasa YICC for two years and then I started to work at several yoga studios in Istanbul. In the meantime, I began teaching yoga to children of all age groups at schools, creating the first children's yoga program and the first kids' yoga website in Turkey, the 'yOgaMini Project'. 

  • After moving to South Africa with my husband and daughter, I came across the Tibetian Buddhist lineage, Shambhala (shambhala.org) in a Buddhist Retreat Center and I decided to pursue my mindfulness trainings with Shambhala. I have been following the Tibetian Buddhist Shambhala lineage for more than a decade now. Upon completion of several trainings at Shambhala centers in South Africa, USA, The Netherlands and France with this lineage throughout 10 years, I received the Shambhala name 'Awake Sunlight'.

  • In 2008, I published a Turkish children's yoga book called 'Lotus Çiçekleri-yOgaMini Projesi' and donated the earnings of my book to support children's education in a public school in Malawi.

  • Upon moving back to Turkey, I co-founded a yoga studio with my colleague in Izmir. Two years later, I moved back to Istanbul and next to offering yoga & mindfulness group classes at my home studio, I started giving private yoga sessions for people with various ailments and chronic conditions (MS, scoliosis, chronic lower back pain, herniated disc issues, ADD, depression, anxiety, panic attack, fibromyalgia, adrenal fatigue and burnout). Also, I started teaching prenatal yoga and mom & baby yoga.

  • Between the years 2011-2017, I completed Paul & Suzee Grilley’s Yin Yoga Teacher Training and three levels of Yoga Thai massage certification trainings in The Netherlands & Thailand, became a certified Holistic Wellness Coach and founded my company 'Holistic Wellness' in The Netherlands.

  • In 2021, I completed the training program 'Essentials of Energy Medicine' by Donna Eden and the Traditional Chinese Medicine Yoga Teacher Training with Tiffany Cruikshank and started to offer my new yoga and coaching programs.

  • I am also an avid Karma yoga practitioner and actively participate in various Seva/volunteer yoga projects since 1998 in Turkey, South Africa, Malawi, The Netherlands and India, especially regarding children's and teens' health & education.  I attended several seminars nd workshops regarding trauma-sensitive yoga and taught Recovery Yoga for addiction at a recovery center in Amsterdam for three years. I took part in Karma yoga projects such as delivering medicine to Himalayan villages and volunteering as a yoga teacher in Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, India.  Click here to find more about my Seva work and volunteer projects. 

  • I have more than 40 articles (mostly in Turkish) about my travels, yoga, mindfulness, Thai massage, meditation and sailing that can be found in my website: YogaDivya.net . Some of these were published in Turkish magazines such as Yelken Dünyası, Trendsetter, Tempo and in the digital yoga magazine 'Yoga Dergisi'.

  • Throughout these years, I attended various yoga, meditation, mindfulness, energy medicine, qigong, somatic experiencing, trauma and healing related courses, traditional Chinese medicine trainings, International yoga conferences, workshops and retreats with world-renowned teachers, such as Sarah Powers, Paul Grilley, Cyndi Lee, Seane Corn, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, Mooji, Peter Levine, Lee Holden, Donna Eden and Tiffany Cruikshank. Click here to find more information about the trainings/workshops that I attended. 

 

My teaching style is an integrated holistic approach that incorporates somatic healing methods, trauma sensitive movements, breathing & relaxation techniques, energy medicine, gentle flows & qigong sequences, meridian, chakra and the 5 element theories into my yoga sessions. The focus of my classes is to cultivate awareness and create a deeper connection with the self.  My aim is to help my students/clients reach and maintain optimum health, vitality and a balanced body-mind and spirit, utilising the power of ancient teachings and various holistic self-healing tools. I strive to offer a safe, sacred, open space for my students to reconnect with themselves, encourage self-inquiry & self-empowerment and awaken their body's self-healing power. I currently reside in Amsterdam, in The Netherlands and I offer online group & private yoga classes, Therapeutic Movement sessions and holistic wellness coaching.  

You can find more information about me (in Turkish) and my articles at  yogaDivya.net