Dance the Eternal
Sacred Beauty of India
Daniela Riva is a refined dancer of deep devotion, an expert of Sacred Dance of India and unique teacher of Indian Dance, having dedicated most of her life to dance and more than a decade to the practice of the ancient arts of India.
Daniela embodies in her classes and dance immersions the spiritual essence of the Devadasi – the priestess of India, to share the mysteries of the temple dances with all women. Following traditional Yogic and Ayurvedic principles, she guides her students to open to the awareness and beauty of their body temple and discover the inner power of transformation encoded in this ancient sacred art.
A Healthy Body, a Relaxed Mind and Joyful Soul
Daniela supports her students with inspiration and spiritual wisdom, to embody their Sacred Feminine, to discover deep knowledge, power and intuition. In these classes and workshops students can learn a whole choreography that is in harmony with their particular essences and opens them into a greater balance with the Universe.
Born in the ancient temples of South India, Bharata Natyam is a refined Indian Classical dance style. Jewel of Tamil Nadu and kind of poetry in movement, Bharata Natyam is the ancient dance of the Devadasi – the priestess of the temples of India -, women who were dedicated to the life of the temple and who, with specific movement and chants, were invoking the deities. Rich in devotion and spiritual essence, this classical dance style count on a very powerful technique based on precise rhythm and steps (adavu), hand gestures (mudra), head and eyes movements (shiro and drishti bheda), neck and feet movements (greeva and pasha bedha)- easy to master only after many years of constant practice. The history and evolution of Bharata Natyam Indian classical dance style is very fascinating and it is a deep path to explore the Vedic culture and tradition of India.
Daniela follows with devotion the Kalakshetra lineage dance style and offers and authentic teaching of a traditional adavu and choreographies of the whole “Margam” (Puspanjali, Alaripu, Jathiswaram, Padham, Shabdam, Tillana, etc …).
Devadasi Temple Dance©
The sacred dance of the Devadasi developed in ancient India as a spiritual embodiment of the Divine. Devadasi Dance© is an original Indian Dance fusion created by Daniela, maintaining all the beauty and sensuality of Indian classical dance, merged with the essence of the temple dances and Yogic postures. Re-evaluating the sacred origin of Indian Dances, Daniela guides her students into an inner journey, animating their prayers through refined and ritualistic poses and steps. Devadasi Dance includes gentle, sensual and grounding steps, to awake even more subtle feminine energies of the body and spirit. These sequences are often composed and inspired by the priestesses and temple sculptures of India, with the traditional mantras and mudras, including their rich mythological stories. Daniela supports her students with inspiration and spiritual wisdom, to embody their Sacred Feminine, to discover deep knowledge, power and intuition. In these classes and workshops students can learn a whole choreography that is in harmony with their particular essences and opens them into a greater balance with the Universe.
INDIAN DANCE, YOGA, SHAKTI, RITUALS
Indian dance, Yoga, Ayurveda and Temple dance rituals are practices that lead to self realization, spiritual evolution, a dynamic balance in body-mind and spirit, and ultimately to the Union with the Divine. Covering the whole spectrum of the existence in its development and realization, all these bunches of the ancient knowledge of sacred India offer to the world a complete and fulfilling holistic way of living in awareness. Aligning the human being to the Present moment, a constant Yoga practice facilitate a healthy body, a relaxed mind and joyful soul. In her classes, Daniela creates an healthy and safe Yoga practice for everybody, including in her classes asana (postures), pranayama (breathing), dhyana (meditation) and relaxation, following the Krishnamacharya’ s yoga tradition.
Shakti is Universal Energy
“Shakti is the Mother Goddess, the source of all, the Universal principle of Energy” Shakti cultivation© are individual sessions taylor-made for women that are interested in exploring their feminine essence, to let the energy flow freely in their body and in life. Shakti cultivation sessions allow all woman to experience their inner Goddess and to blossom into a more free flow of love, joy, pleasure, inspiration, satisfaction, a deeper sense of connection with themselves and the reality.
Daniela guides and supports each woman and groups into sacred rituals, to reach the essence of temple dances and to allow a deep process of transformation to happen. To dance with ritualistic movements, poses and postures, mudra and mantra is one of the most direct way to embody the Shakti and the Devi.
A Bridge Between East and West
Daniela teaches in Europe, America and India. Graduated cum laude in Modern Literature at Universita’ degli Studi of Milan in Italy with a thesis on the “Theatredance in Italy”, and after many years of experience in classical ballet, contemporary dance and experimental theatre, Daniela had been blessed with the opportunity to study the theory and practice of the Indian classical dance style Bharata Natyam in one of the most prestigious academy of India, Kalakshetra Foundation of Fine Arts. Granted of a scholarship from ICCR/Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy, Daniela started an intense traditional training of Indian classical dance, chants and Yoga with her gurus in Chennai, in Tamil Nadu. Living long period of Indian Dance and Yoga studies in South India for more than a decade, Daniela absorbed the fascinating history of temple dances, the devotional culture, spiritual philosophy and traditional life style of India. She had been studying and researching about Sacred Dances for years in the “Theosophical Society” in Adyar, at the Krisnhamurty foundation and at the Kalakshetra Library, in Chennai. She had also learning Indian Folk dances and the basic steps of Odissi classical dance style, at Pondicherry’s Ashram.
Daniela had been absorbing Indian Dances as a lifestyle and she integrated it with the disciplines of Yoga and Ayurveda. She had been trained in the Viniyoga at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram of Chennai and in the full primary series of the Mysore Ashtanga Yoga with Rolf&Marci Naujokat in Goa, in India. She also been undergone an intense training of traditional oil massage Abhyangam and elements of nutrition of Ayurveda, in Kerala. Her teachers blessed her and appointed her to begin sharing this ancient dance of the Sacred Feminine, and since then she has been performing and teaching in all Europe, US and India to hundreds of students. Daniela embodies in her classes and dance immersions the spiritual essence of the Devadasi – the dancing priestess of India, to share the mysteries of the temple dances with all women. Following traditional Yogic and Ayurvedic principles, she guides her students to open to the awareness and beauty of their body temple and discover the inner power of transformation encoded in this ancient sacred art. A bridge between East and West, Daniela’s devotion for Indian tradition and love to her students makes her way of teaching unique, as she continues perpetuating the tradition, making it contemporary for everybody. Daniela is currently based in California (US), but travels constantly to teach in Europe and for her studies in India, following her Shakti Bhakti Spirit with grace, vibrant joy and devotion.
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In my classes, workshops and retreats students can learn Indian Temple dance steps and postures, mantra and mudra and a whole choreography that is in harmony with their particular essences and opens them into a greater balance with the Universe.
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Classes, Workshops, Retreats in Europe and in India