MY STORY

Humble begginings

My journey as a student of awareness and healer began in Uruguay, South America. Raised mainly by my mother and grandfather, struggle and gratitude were part of my childhood. From an early age I learned how to live a simple life, appreciating relationships, nature, and spending a lot of time by myself.

At the age of 15 I decided that my mission was to bring more light into a world that I could feel as heavy and sad. Carried by this inner clarity, at 18 I engaged in the study and practice of meditation, and read all I could about how to find stillness and peace.

Soon after, stillness found me:  as an acting student I took on one of my first jobs: a street performer. Standing for 7 to 8 hours a day on the streets of Montevideo, and later in different parts of the world, my traveling “statue” grounded my meditation practice for 7 joyful years.

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Along with acting, in 1995 I engaged in the study of the Feldenkrais Method, which was going to turn into a life long passion, and the main conduit for my healing potential.

Honing my skills

In 2007 I joined David Zemach-Bersin in his professional training program in NYC, (800-hour curriculum). I graduated in 2011 as a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner by the Feldenkrais Guild of North America. I was lucky to be hired by the Feldenkrais Institute of New York during my training, where I worked teaching classes and giving hands-on treatments until I moved to Pennsylvania in 2012.

Always interested in taking my mind and body to the next level, I studied Aikido and later rock climbing, noticing that my supple body also needed to get stronger and resilient.

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Continuing my Feldenkrais education, I completed many advanced trainings with some of Dr. Feldenkrais original students, and in 2016 graduated from IOPS Academy (Feldenkrais Post-Graduate Program), taught by Dr. Jeff Haller, PhD.

In 2017 I met Jerzy Gregorek, Olympic weightlifting champion, and under his guidance became a Happy Body Mentor,  sharing the benefits of this program with students individually and in groups, in person and remotely.

As an important addition to my training, in 2019 I became an XPT® Certified Coach, and was honored to take instruction directly from the Founders of XPT, Laird Hamilton and Gabby Reece.

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All along, I continued refining my skill as a Feldenkrais practitioner, holding a full practice and teaching weekly group classes and workshops.

What the next decade brings

Today, I embark on my next challenge: to grow my private practice, and offer my skill to larger audiences.

I am passionate about sharing the skills and knowledge that led me from a small town in South America to learning from the best in their fields:  there is no limit to your potential.

What you set your mind to do, your body will follow. One breath at a time, you can do and be anything you truly want.

How do we do it?

Drawing from Feldenkrais, XPT, meditation, and my life experience, I meet you where you are, and design a program just for you, that will help you identify your limiting habits and teach you specific tools and strategies to become your best self. The rest is practice.

I offer the support and guidance, coaching and mentoring, and your innate intelligence does the rest, by choosing efficiency and ease over limiting, painful habits.

My mission is to wake up the inner healer in you: to teach you how to rewire your brain, strengthen your body, and align your heart with your mind.

I would love to share with you how to live free of pain and stress, achieve your goals and dreams, age gracefully, and enjoy every step of the way.

In gratitude,

Dayana

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