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.

Indian classical dance, Bharata Natyam

Born in the ancient temples of Tamil Nadu as a devotional  ritual, Bharata Natyam is a refined classical dance style of India. Jewel of Tamil Nadu and a kind of poetry in movement, Bharata Natyam counts 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 padha bedha)- easy to master only after many years of constant practice. Daniela follows with devotion the Kalakshetra Lineage of Chennai classical dance style and teaches authentic and traditional classes of stepping and choreographies, according to different levels (Puspanjali, Alaripu, Jathiswaram,  Keertanam, Padham, Shabdam, Tillana, Varnam). Full commitment is required.

 

Devadasi Indian Temple Dance©

The sacred dance of the devadasis developed in ancient India as a spiritual embodiment of the Divine. Devadasi Indian Temple Dance© is inspired by devotional and sensual pose and movements, maintaining all the beauty and precision of Indian classical dance, merged with the essence of the sensuality of the tantric temple dances rituals. Cultivating the sacred origin of Indian Dances, Daniela guides her students into an inner journey, animating their prayers through refined and ritualistic poses and steps. These classes 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 temple sculptures of India, with the traditional mantra and mudra, including their rich mythological stories. Daniela supports her students with inspiration and spiritual wisdom, to embody their Sacred Feminine, Shakti, and 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, TANTRIC YOGA, SHAKTI RITUALS

Indian dance is more than a style: it is a way of living. As Yoga and Ayurveda, Indian dances 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, Indian Dance offers to the world a complete and fulfilling holistic way of living in awareness.  Aligning the human being to the Present moment, the practice of these ancient arts facilitates a healthy body, a relaxed mind and joyful soul

Shakti and Sacred Feminine with Indian Dance

“Shakti is the Mother Goddess, the source of all, the Universal principle of Energy” Indian Dance group classes and rituals are ways to explore the sacred feminine essence, to let the energy flow freely in the body and in life.

Heritage of the transmission of the priestess of India, these rituals allow all women to awake their inner codes and to embody their divine feminine, to blossom into a more free flow of love, joy, pleasure, inspiration, satisfaction, a deeper sense of connection with themselves and the others.

Daniela guides and supports with safety each woman and groups into Sacred Temple Rituals, to reach the essence of  Indian dance 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 Divine Feminine.

A Life Devoted to Sacred Dance & Spiritual Practice

Daniela is a Dancer, Indian Dance and Yoga teacher. Daniela is a refined dancer of deep devotion and expert of Sacred Dance of India, having studied extensively for over 15 years in India under the guidance of gurus of the prestigious Kalakshestra Academy of Fine Arts in Chennai, as well as Yoga at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, in India.

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.

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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.

Online Classes

Dance the beauty of India with me in the Devadasi Temple! Now you can enjoy classes anywhere in the world, via video conferencing. Sign up for one individual or a set of classes. Schedule your classes by e-mail daniela.danzaindia@yahoo.com. Link will sent upon registration.

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Purchase my eBook here:

The Sacred Dance of the Devadasi

  • Born as a part of devotional rituals for the deities, Indian dance developed from the mysteries of the Devadasi, the priestesses of the temples of India. This book is a fascinating journey with Indian dance, relating to the history, spirituality and culture of India, with a yogic and Ayurvedic perspective. The Sacred Dance of the Devadasi dives deep into the fundaments of Indian classical dance Bharata Natyam, from the origin to the theater, and it allows an exploration on the pure essence of the kundalini shakti and the sacred feminine. This book of the devi of India is the result of many years of dance researches, training and life in South India and it's dedicated to all the dancers, yogis and lovers of Indian arts.
  • September 4, 2017
  • 82 pages

 

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.

Classes, Workshops, Temple Dance Retreats in Europe and in India.

Daniela Riva is an Indian Dance and Yoga teacher,

here to support you embodying Shakti and the Sacred Feminine

Email: daniela.danzaindia@yahoo.com   |   Tel: +1 (760) 846-0786

 
December 28th, 2018 – January 3rd, 2019

This fully immersive weeklong retreat will offer women a transformative experience of the Devi within as well as without. Our sacred journey will include daily Indian classical Dance classes, Yoga, Meditation, Tantric rituals, theoretical explorations, temple visits in Tamil Nadu, South India, as well as delicious South Indian food.All classes will be held in an authentic and marvelous tropical goddess-que garden in Tamil Nadu. Basic knowledge of Indian dance (Bharata Natyam or Odissi) as well as Yoga is required. Classes will be in English.

 

To register, it is mandatory to first fill out the Application Form. Once the Application is accepted, all travel details and payment plan will be sent to the participant.

Register here:

 daniela.danzaindia@yahoo.com