New Relations for the New Year 2017

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“Create a new perspective in yourself around relationships. (All relations).
Tell a new story in your mind and do not fall back into old fears of past failures or “what ifs”.
But do this without going into delusion either.
Some relationships are not working for good reason.
Look at the reality of all relationships. 
New ones form and some are break apart. Let them.
If a relationship doesn’t work out the way you thought/hoped it’s likely because it was created out of old ways of being and thinking. (An old version of you).
When we don’t fight reality and let go of old ways of thinking and the relationships born out of those old mindsets, new great things and new great relationships can and will come in faster and life naturally becomes more fluid.
Raise your head high.
Look to the limitless sky.
Look to the light of the Sun which represents Consciousness itself.
You were born for great things.
Born to expand yourself and your higher mind. (Consciousness)
Let go and let the new light in.
The truth is, you never know how it’s all going to go.
But it will all go well if you honor all this…. and very likely not the way you thought…yet even better.
Go on the adventure. Life is worth living. Not hiding in fear.
You are light.
The purpose of light is to shine.
Go forth.”

~Ambika Daniella Cotreau

Posted on: July 1st, 2016 No Comments

Stand In Your Truth And Power

Daniella in Baby Natarajasana

Daniella in Baby Natarajasana

“When people judge or talk negatively about others, what they are doing is revealing their jealously and their own insecurities about themselves. They are revealing their shadow and who they are more than the other person they talk/gossip about.

They point the arrow straight at themselves.

While on the surface, these people may appear as obstacles, in truth they are not. They are opportunities to stand stronger in knowing who you are and not submitting because of their negative opinion. It is an opportunity to stay in your truth and to shine your light BRIGHTER. You do not need to be taken down by someone else’s darkness.

Their hatred or negativity does not determine if you are love-able or not. You determine that. And their wasting of their own energy to bring you down however outright or subtle is a desperate a distraction from their own insecurities and an inauthentic attempt to feel better about themselves. Their real work is needing to learn how to love themselves better.

Stand in your own power and your own strength. Do not be swayed by these people. They are only lost and by you standing strong in your own truth and light, you will teach them, even if from a distance what is possible in the realm of Love.”

Ambika Daniella Cotreau~

Posted on: May 30th, 2016 No Comments

The Story of Ambika


I took my very first yoga teacher training back in 2003 at Mount Madonna with Baba Hari Dass.

During the training, Baba Hari Dass gifted me the spiritual name of Ambika. It was written on a small piece of paper with a brief meaning and handed to me by one of his assistants. I was honored and humbled to receive such a gift. When I read the words and the meaning, it sounded beautiful but I did not feel a connection to it at the time. So I decided to hold onto that piece of paper as a special gift and reminder of my time up at the Ashram.

Ambika is another name for Durga, the Hindu Deity or Warrior Goddess of protection and inner strength, of whom I had not met yet nor knew anything about.

I was introduced to Durga 3 years later in 2006. She came into my reality through a friend’s mention of her and through hearing mantra sung in her name. I felt a strong pull towards her and was immediately drawn to learn more. Once I learned more, I immediately felt a resonance with a deeper part of myself, an aspect of her that was me.  She was an archetype that lay within me but not fully cultivated, yet waiting inside of me. What I did not realize at the time was that my draw to her was that part of me calling me out in a much bigger way. That feeling was the call to know myself more in the ways of deep inner strength. I was meant to embody that energy, her energy and completely.

At that time in my life I was going through some pretty difficult challenges in what turned into a toxic relationship. I called upon Durga to assist me in getting out of a situation that I was stuck in and did not know the way out. I used mantra, invoked her name, danced and prayed to her. And I did this for about 2 years straight. Well, little did I know that within that 2 years, my world was going to be turned upside down and that every experience I had from that point on was Durga holding up a mirror illuminating to me how I was creating the drama and stuck-ness within my life and own being. Humbling to say the least yet incredibly empowering. As difficult as it was, I loved every minute because I knew some deep un-serving patterns were being gutted and I was going to come out not only alive but way stronger than before.

So knowing and trusting this energy I was calling in, I embraced it and was on for the ride.


Well within that time, I completely fell in love with Durga Ma and have since had her close to me, worked with her and feel her energy and presence within me.

Summer 2014, 11 years later, (and the number 11 being an auspicious number of synchronicity) as my spiritual practice continued to blossom, I felt a strong feeling inside me that it was time to have a spiritual name. I decided rather than hunt for the name, I would put it out there and let the name find me.

So I went on personal retreat and brought my favorite book by one of my teachers by Sally Kempton called Awakening Shakti. I decided to skip to the chapter on Durga and re-read about the Goddess I had such an affinity for.

I read all kinds of inspiring and empowering attributes and symbolism and then I got to the end of the chapter where Sally goes into mantras for Durga, colors associated with her, her symbolism as a force of inner revolution and a list of alternate names. This is where my body got the chills and my hair stood on end. The very first name on the top of that list was Ambika. I had not seen or heard that name uttered once  since it was given to me by Baba Hari Dass back at Mount Madonna 11 years earlier. I sat there staring at the page with a big smile on my face and a softness in my Heart.

A full auspicious 11 years later, the name Ambika came back around yet completely and utterly perfect. I knew her. I understood her. She was an integrated part of me. And when I read the name Ambika in that moment, it fit. It resonated deeply and it was clear this was my spiritual name all along.

So, it is my given AND chosen spiritual name. And it has great meaning. And now having this as my spiritual name, I know that relationship will only deepen and become more refined in ways I could only imagine and in ways I have yet to know.

Aum Dum Durgaye Namaha!

Posted on: September 15th, 2014 No Comments

The Healer Needs Healing Too

I wanted to share with you my recent personal healing experience that was one of the most profound I had to date….and I’ve had many. My intention with this sharing is that it will inspire and empower you in your own healing, whatever that may be, that you are not alone and that our bodies hold much more wisdom than we give them credit for…


Posted on: October 13th, 2013 4 Comments