Daniella Cotreau ~ Founder

Hello and Welcome!

I’m Daniella. I serve people like you. You love yoga, you’re ready for your own transformation and you love or are curious what yoga can do for you, you want to go deeper and you want to share it with others. I here to teach you how to live from you heart. I’m here to guide you to make the journey from your head to your heart in the context of a heart wisdom-based yoga school. I here to train and certify you, who are ready for transformation yourself, and have the skill and training to pass on to others what you received in a heart wisdom-based yoga school called Body Temple Yoga.  

As a result, you will know who you are, you can have full yoga classes, a thriving practice and a successful yoga and leadership career should you choose this for yourself. You are here to make a difference and in your own unique way.
If the personal results you are looking for are connection to your true self (heart), confidence in who you are, your offerings and living with a heart driven purpose, then this is the school for you.

Your Heart is Your True Source of Power…

When I was 5 years old, I had a deep intuitive knowing the power of the Heart was far more than what I was being taught or shown. I asked life to teach me what the heart was truly for and from that day life gave me years of countless experiences and challenges that answered that inquiry.

Fast forward to today, I have stories to tell and wisdom of the Heart to share.

Your Heart is your true source of power.
When you trust this center of power to lead you in your life, everything changes for the better.
Through beginner level and advanced level teacher training programs, as well as heart wisdom mentorship, you will discover your true gifts and who you really are. When you know who you really are, you can’t help but live on purpose.

I will stand for you thriving at a life totally created from your heart. I stand for teaching high quality and true yoga so that you can know your gifts and bring your authentic self into the world with integrity, beauty and grace.

Your heart is here to guide you.
You are here to share your gifts.
And I am here to help you get there. 

“To connect to your Heart, you must connect with your body.”

I love to teach how you can use the body’s innate intelligence and intuitive wisdom to thrive in a life completely aligned with your true heart path. It’s such a joy to watch people come to life not only in their bodies, but in who they are…..and then watch them re-create their lives in amazing ways!

I will hold for you, your success in making the transition from living from your head to living from your heart.

I am currently writing my first book based on this heart work and can’t wait to share it with you.

My training and professional background:

My foundational teacher training was in 2003 in the 8 Limbs Ashtanga at Mount Madonna Center, the Ashram of Baba Hari Dass, in Northern California. It was during this immersive training that the name Body Temple Yoga™ came to me.

After graduation, I traveled, taught and studied in Thailand, Bali, India, Costa Rica and Califorina exploring different branches of yoga which have included Kundalini, Bikram, Hatha, and Iyengar.

Soon thereafter, I found Anusara yoga…or it found me…and I studied vigorously for 6 years in numerous trainings with Sianna Sherman, Desiree Rumbaugh and Noah Maze. I was certified in Anusara-Inspired Yoga in the winter of 2008.

My studies in Yoga Philosophy were over the span of 4 years with Tantra scholars Christopher Wallis, Douglas Brooks (Rajanaka Yoga), and Christopher Tompkins.

My meditation training and background includes studies with Paul Muller-Ortega with whom I received Neelakantha Meditation Initiation in May of 2010.

In 2012, I was guided to found Body Temple Yoga School™.
It has been and continues to be a successful, uplifting and truly transformational home for many people.

I am a Heart Wisdom Coach, an intuitive medium, ERYT-500 senior yoga instructor of 16 years, the founder and CEO of Body Temple Yoga™ School and the creator of The Body Temple Yoga™ Method.

I very much look forward to meeting you and sharing the journey to with you.

"...very peaceful and comforting..."

As a new male student, a little out of shape and having past injuries and weak areas I was a little leary, wondering what the experience would be like. However, I was greeted by Daniella with warmth and made to feel very welcome. I was quite surprised at the almost instant physical results. I think more pleasantly surprised with the mental and spiritual aspects that Daniella brought to the class. Even though I could not do all the poses, Daniella helped me by giving me alternatives and encouragement. The results were almost instantaneous. For years, I have experienced pain in my lower back. The morning after doing yoga with Daniella I could feel a greater range of motion and noticed my lower back released and the pain disappeared. Through this, I have a new appreciation for the physical aspect of Yoga.

I think what stuck out most for me was Daniella’s personal contribution. One instantly obvious to me, was her voice. It’s very peaceful and comforting to hear. The tone and rhythm of her teaching direction were peaceful and encouraging.

Another aspect that Daniella brought to my first yoga experience was that she emphasizes being spiritually in tune with your body: To breathe with your heart, chest and then throughout your whole body. To be in the moment and present with what you are doing and feeling. Then she took it a step further and included a way to deal with the feelings related to what you have going on in your life. Instead of asking you to discard them or not to think about them, she actually encouraged you to except those things into your heart and make peace with them. Building a kind of spiritual strength to use and grow. This was a new approach for me and one I thought was really great. Overall, it was a great experience and I look forward to going back again and again. I would highly recommend Yoga and Daniella to everyone. Take her class and I believe it would truly be a beneficial experience.

Thank you Daniella!

Jim Meech

Los Gatos, Ca.