Next up in our Interview Series, a Yoga and Meditation guru in the form of Daniela Calota. We're delighted to have her sharing inspiring messages and encouraging others to detox their mind and body via customised classes, perfect for anyone spending any amount of time in London.
Let's get right into the Q&A so you can hear for yourself all the energy and enthusiasm exuding from this wellness instructor:
Q1. How long have you been doing Yoga for?
I have been practicing Yoga since 2012. I have been an active person all my life, filled with unlimited energy. Yoga has helped me to channel my energy, it has helped me improve my focus, practice stillness, improve health and well-being and practice better mindfulness. Kundalini Yoga, the pearl of yoga, I discovered in mid-2014 and it has been the most awakening experience. Kundalini Yoga is the Yoga of awareness, I practice it continuously. I consider Yoga a science that is able to create a harmony between body, mind and soul.
Q2. What’s your favourite part of doing Yoga?
I love practicing Kundalini; it is a combinations of pranas, mantras and asanas working the 7 chakras through a full mobility of the whole body, spiritual awakening and mind cleansing harmony. It is the Yoga of awareness, the yoga of the activation of the pineal gland (our third eye). I call it Kundalini Nectar Yoga.
Q3. Who are you favourite types of clients?
I prefer working with children and seniors. I teach children Yoga in order to help them improve in school, socially and in community, also to help them get a better health, and overall well-being. We live in a technology-focused modern world where children are not in touch with nature, with their spirituality, nor do they practice physical activities as they often prefer the company of a computer. Therefore when I am teaching children I often use a method focused on helping them get better focus, practice stillness, improve flexibility and balance. Many children suffer from Autism, ADHD obesity and Yoga is an amazing way of help children improve physically, mentally and spiritually.
I also like working with seniors, I love to revive their spirits as I am a firm believer that we are as old as our minds. I know yoga has tremendous impact on mental health, physical health and well-being. It helps develop and increase physical and mental mobility and balance. Yoga is refreshing.
Q4. Do you have any unusual skills when it comes to teaching Yoga?
I am an empath, my unusual skill is that of being “a sponge of energy”, Empaths are open vessels. I believe we should radiate the good thoughts and good hearts that we are in essence. If we feel ever depleted we have interacted with negative thoughts (personal or surrounding us), and when we feel energized, filled with vitality and joy, we are in a happy spot mentally, physically and spiritually :). Yoga is refreshing, it is a detox for the mind, body and soul.
Q5. What’s the most interesting job you have taken?
Interesting job....certainly not working in an office ha,ha :) I think working with people from different backgrounds, making a difference, feeling useful, that keeps me going and stimulated. For example, I worked with children with disabilities or special needs, and I loved making a difference, working with them, teaching them yoga, and see their progress and smile on their face, I believe every child has infinite potential. Infinite.
Q6. Who are your heroes or influencers?
Modern influencers are the people I love and cherish, they inspire me :) All time influencers...Christ, Gandhi, Buddha....Christ is my constant life influencer and guidance. Love is the only constant element.
Q7. Do you have any advice for people looking to enter the business?
Their heart is in the right place:). It is a business of love, kindness and compassion, health, wellness and life balance :)
Q8. What makes you the best Yoga Instructor in town?
Oh, I am not a competitive person, so I think it is place for everyone who wants to improve lives and make a difference. I am good at what I do because I put my heart into it, my effort, my enthusiasm, my knowledge :)
Q9. How did you get into Yoga Instruction?
I am a wellness specialist, i started by taking health, nutrition & wellness courses in Canada. I have suffered from severe allergies, anxiety and low self esteem. Yoga has helped me tremendously overcome these three negative influencers :)
Q10. What is going to change in the Yoga world in the next few years? Why?
Yoga will hopefully become more popular, I would actually like to see politicians practice it as well around the globe, it will help them develop empathy and compassion :) A key factor in world leaders that needs development.
Q11. What makes your service ideal for a traveller to London?
I think for a traveller will be ideal to detox, to get rid of stress, tiredness and get energized for London sightseeing :)
Q12. Stranded on a desert island what three objects would you take with you?
Laptop for communication with the world, yoga mat and organic seeds to plant.
Thank you so much to Daniela for an insightful, interesting and educational interview! You can find her services via the Concierge99 website and make a booking quickly and easily.
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