I am Daniela — a woman, a spouse, a mother, writer, educator, yogi, business owner, and lifelong learner.
For me, nothing is more important than connection. When you and I are together, it is just us. Social scientist and TEDx Talk-er, Brené Brown says connection is the "energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgement; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship" (2010, p. 19). That's me and you.
Connection comes with communication, and that is why in 2004 I earned my masters degree in communication studies with a focus on women’s studies and pedagogy. I taught college classes at four-year, two-year, and online colleges in areas such as public speaking, writing, interpersonal communication, small group communication, critical thinking, and argumentation. Communication is very important to me.
I also find communication, as I studied it, to be mostly in the head, but I needed to get more connected with my body. I started working with essential oils in 2005 for my own health and wellness. As my experience deepened, I studied with dozens of acupuncturists, yoga teachers, and educators in varying disciplines. In December of 2015, I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher certification. As a registered Yoga Alliance Member, I teach primarily yin, restorative, and gentle yoga classes. I’ve studied psychosocial emotional literacy within the practice of yoga, along with tantric and taoist sexuality. I am currently participating in a 600-hour, year-long sex, love and relationship coaching program at The Tantric Institute of Integrated Sexuality’.
When we interact, I want all things deep and insightful. And while some call me compassionate and caring, I am also persistent and believe being happy is a choice, a difficult choice that often comes with facing vulnerability and discomfort. I honor the notion that we all carry a dark side, and I have a strong ability to understand and relate to people at the deepest levels while helping them connect to their inner voice and wisdom.
I hope to be an integral part on your journey to honor and trust your truth.