To offer an ecologically friendly retreat space and a sanctuary for exploration and transformation through play,movement and healing arts, relaxation, adventure, community and a connection to nature. Using trainings, workshops, private sessions, classes, tours and events we offer myriad ways to better ourselves... giving us more tools to move through the world, living artfully.
Co-founder of Danyasa™ Eco-Resort and Danyasa™ Yoga and Expressive Arts, Teacher, Trainer and Mentor
Sofiah Thom, the originator of Danyasa™ Yoga and Expressive Arts, believes that every person possesses an inner artist -- a unique, individual creative spark that just needs to be allowed or inspired to show itself. Sofiah's mission lies in nurturing this creative spark in others with the aim to inspire them to live to their fullest creative potential. In Sofiah's presence one feels her grace, strength and sensuality as she invites you to get out of your head and into your body.
As a daughter of parents who are also healers and teachers, and as an interdisciplinary artist with a B.A. in Dance Therapy and Performing Arts from Naropa University, studies at the Tamalpa Institute in Expressive Healing Arts, and a myriad of trainings in Bodywork, Yoga and Dance, Sofiah's deep understanding of the body shines through her work. Her experience and collaboration with certain key mentors laid the groundwork and sparked a deep sense of inspiration. In Colorado, she studied with Melissa Michaels, immersing herself in the foundation of the 5Rhythms. In L.A. she studied with other great masters such as Shiva Rea, Max Strom, Kenny Graham and Mark Whitwell within the yoga world and Anna Halprin, Vinn Marti and Barbara Dilley in the dance world.
Today, Sofiah combines dance, yoga, expressive healing arts and ritual into her work and has appeared as a performing artist and workshop facilitator at international events over the past ten years including the Bali Spirit Festival, Bhakti Fest, Earth Dance, and Wanderlust to name a few. She has been featured in Yogi Times, Conscious Dancer and Elephant Journal. Sofiah lives and works in Dominical on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, where she and her husband opened Danyasa™ Eco-Resort and Bamboo Yoga Play studio. In 2011 Sofiah, her husband and a small group of individuals founded Envision, which quickly burgeoned into a world reknown transformational festival offering Music, Art, Education and Sacred Movement in the raw nature of Costa Rica.
Danyasa™ Yoga and Expressive Arts programs provide vehicles for self discovery and transformation as well as opportunities to exercise and get your sweat on.
She is certified by Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT-200 yoga instructor.
Heidi Michelle has been in the teaching in the transformational growth arena for nearly 20 years. Birthed in the California sunshine, her journey took her through the professional dance world as a teacher and performer, into personal growth and empowerment facilitation, personal coaching, visual arts and finally finding a deeper home in the sacred teachings of partner and individual Yoga. With an intuitive nature, she invites provocative questioning of the paradigms governing our life choices. How is it that you REALLY want to live? If you dumped your internal rules, what would you do with this one precious life you've been given? Where are the places in which you deny your wildest expression? Can we dare to live in audacious intimacy with ourselves and others?
Heidi teaches, lives, dances, plays well with others, loves madly, and beholds beauty in the Denver/Boulder, Colorado area in the summertime and can be found roaming the jungles and coastlines of Costa Rica most winters.
Nicole Gayatri Smith
Founder of The Perfect Space, Creator of The True Potential Self Intensive, Dance and Yoga Teacher
Nicole Gayatri Smith moved to Dominical from NYC in January of 2013 and is overjoyed to be living artfully each day with the staff and travelers at Bamboo Yoga Play/ Danyasa Eco-Resort.
Nicole believes in living every moment with love and compassion, a sense of wonder and shiny playfulness. Her voracious desire for movement and expression has led her to study a wide variety of dance styles in this lifetime. She spent 10 years competing internationally and performing with many top choreographers as both an amateur and professional. For the past decade she has been spreading love as a teacher and choreographer in New York City for children, teenagers and adults. She now offers classes, private lessons and choreography in the following styles: American Standard Ballroom; Swing, FoxTrot, Waltz, Rumba, ChaChaCha, Salsa “Traditional” & “On 2”, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, HipHop, Free Movement, Kinetic Kids, Goddess Integration, and Diva Dance Burlesque.
Integrating yoga into her life around 2000, Nicole has traveled and studied intensely with several Gurus both on and off the mat. Her love of meditation, chakra alignment, Vinyasa/Ashtanga/Hot Yoga led her to create Shakti Flow Yoga; which she offers here at Bamboo YogaPlay.
In 2007 Nicole founded The Perfect Space as a Life Coach & Professional Organizer to help clients align with their true passions and bring them to life; arranging their personal space to specifically support, motivate and inspire them to achieve the goals they’ve set. She offers online and in-person mentoring through her True Potential Self series; guiding clients to their ultimate-dream-life by setting smaller, measurable/attainable goals and mapping out life plans for success. Be inspired today to connect with your divine spirit & live as your True Potential Self~ dance, be silly, climb a tree, sing a song, spread hugs far and wide, and most of all express your gratitude for every bit of it!
Certified Expressive Yoga Dance Teacher, Intuitive Healer, Yoga Teacher, Spiritual Mentor, Reiki Master, Mystic and Creative Writer
Astraya infuses all with her heart awakening, inspiring, divine movement. From her healing weave of Expressive Yoga Dance, Sacred Fusion Dance, Spiritual Yoga, 6 month transpersonal programs that facilitate healing through Holistic Mentoring, Reiki and Energy Healing. Astraya is also the author behind her passion for teaching Spiritual Retreats worldwide, her heart inspired seminars and workshops are about teaching unconditional love, authentic heart acceptance, non- judgment and self empowerment that seeds the awakening for our new age consciousness.
Astraya has been acknowledged as a divine healing channel. Her heart to heart faith with God/Spirit intuitively leads her to teach, guide, inspire and manifest peace and love worldwide. Uniquely flamboyant, her grace expands Expressive Dance, Spiritual Yoga, Intuitive Mentoring and Heart Awakening. She is passionate about expressing from her heart and integrating the mystical union of dance and yoga for an authentic,liquid- like, synchronous flow that acts as a New Age Medicine and Cosmic Heart Healing.
She believes it is within the kindred flow from the divine stream of God’s Spirit that we as one ocean can create a ripple effect that changes the world for life long healing, love and peace worldwide.
Astraya touches all with her ever expanding heart sharings, creative writing and energetic healings. Her passion to bring peace and healing to the world is a gift. Having lived and studied the power of quantum spirituality, she is a magnetic attractor for believing in all that is unseen, mystical and ethereal. Her power and belief in bridging the gap between impossible to possible is fearless that flows from divine. She believes that limitations are just illusions created by the mind from delusional thoughts trapped in fear. Astraya has dedicated her heart awakening movement to serve and honor mankind. Through her creative portal, artistic flair and intuitive expression, She dedicates her voice collectively by sharing her heart across the world, shifting and expanding human consciousness to the next level for the Progression of New Age Divine Medicine.
Astraya believes in embracing all walks of life; all cultures, all religions and all ages with a curious sweet, childlike innocence, treating all with Love and Light and inspiring seekers to look within towards their journey into the light.
Kais Faddah, D.C., C.C.S.P.
Doctor of Chiropractic, Chiropractic Sports Physician, Wellness Practitioner, Counselor and Coach
Dr. Kais is an experienced Doctor of Chiropractic in the management of injuries, soft tissue rehabilitation and subluxation correction. In 1988, he graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a B.S. in Exercise Physiology, and a B.S. in Human Biology and Doctorate of Chiropractic from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in 1991. Adding to his adjustment techniques, in 1997 Dr. Kais obtained a certification as a Chiropractic Sports Physician. In 2006, he earned his certification as a Wellness Practitioner for helping patients toward a healthier life by removing nerve interference to the spinal system, balancing nutritional deficiencies and hormonal imbalances, eliminating emotional stress patterns and helping patients detoxify their bodies.
Dr. Kais also offers counseling and coaching in anti-aging (creating a path towards optimum health and longevity of life), weight loss and peak physical fitness. He embraces more of a Holistic style of chiropractic focusing on correcting the cause of dis-ease rather than just treating symptoms. He offers gentle, low force adjusting techniques as well as traditional adjustments.
Kirk Angelo Blaker
Kirk lives in San Isidro de El General, operating an Integrated Therapy and Injury Rehabilitation practice out of his home, which is evolving into a Wholistic Health and Urban Agriculture Center. He has been teaching yoga in Costa Rica since 2004. His style is very grounded and alignment-based, drawing from his deep knowledge of human anatomy and physiology. While admiring many styles of yoga, especially Anusara and Iyengar, his classes blend aspects of many disciplines, both in and outside of traditional yoga, while remaining true to the principles of Athletic Training and Physical Education.
Keeping Costa Rica as home base, for the past 11 years Kirk has been traveling periodically in search of new modalities to deepen his healing practice. Never missing an opportunity to learn a new discipline or technique, he has studied many forms of health-promoting arts and sciences from around the world.