About Daniella Ambika Cotreau


BTY_TT_7-23-17_7719Since the age of 5 years old Daniella,  had an intuitive feeling that Love and the power of the Heart was far more than what we were being taught or shown. From a very young age, this deep curiosity lead her to put out a prayer and request to know more. Since that fateful day, her life has been countless answers to that question. Now almost 4 decades later, she has a stories to tell and wisdom of the Heart to share. She continues to explore this Heart work as she continues to teach it. She takes a stand for her students feeling connected to themselves, happy, fulfilled and being successful at living from the Heart and understanding themselves through it.

She is currently working on her first book.

Daniella Ambika Cotreau is an intuitive, ERYT-500 senior yoga instructor of 15 years, the founder and CEO of Body Temple Yoga™ School and the practice of Body Temple Yoga™.

She bring years of practice, experience and wisdom to her students. She navigates from a passionate clarity that sees the Body as a Temple of the Heart, guidance, healing, evolution, a connection to the Divine, and Intuitive wisdom.

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She shares Heart Wisdom Teachings™ dedicated to teaching how to break free from fear and live with a clear connection to the Heart. She incorporates the body’s innate intelligence and intuitive wisdom that inspires others to live a life completely aligned with one’s true heart path.

She is known for her infectious enthusiasm, warm and loving demeanor, is generous in her offerings and teachings and is an inspiring mentor and role model for her students.

She offers Yoga Alliance Certified 200hr and 300hr Teacher Trainings, Heart Wisdom Work™ Immersions, Sound Healings, workshops and  Retreats both in San Diego, CA. and San Jose, California.


Daniella’s training and professional background:

Daniella’s first foundational teacher training was in 2003 in the 8 Limbs Ashtanga lineage at Mount Madonna Center, the Northern California Ashram of Baba Hari Dass and is when Body Temple Yoga™ was born.

She traveled, taught and studied in Thailand, Bali, India and Costa Rica having explored different branches of yoga which have included Kundalini, Bikram, Hatha, and Iyengar. In these former years, her Heart-Conscious wisdom that she had gathered over so many years found an outlet to be brought into the world and her classes were infused with them from the start.

She then connected with Anusara yoga and studied vigorously for 6 years with numerous immersions and teacher trainings with Sianna Sherman, Desiree Rumbaugh and Noah Maze.
She became certified in Anusara-Inspired Yoga in the winter of 2008.
Her background in yoga philosophy include studies with Tantra scholars Christopher Wallis, Douglas Brooks (Rajanaka Yoga), and Christopher Tompkins.

Her meditation background includes studies with Paul Muller-Ortega with whom she received Neelakantha Meditation Initiation in May of 2010.

In 2012, she founded The Body Temple Yoga School™a school dedicated to raising the consciousness of the Heart through ancient teachings and Universal wisdom. It has been and continues to be a successful and ever-evolving platform for uplifting and empowering humanity on the level of the Heart.

Her Bhakti yoga practice began in 2013 and her inspiration has been influenced by many Bhaktas and musicians. Her sound healing offerings emerged soon thereafter and she steadily offers sound healing workshops in collaboration with others with great success and joy.




“Our bodies are our temples. The essential function of a temple is to provide communion, feed the soul and awaken the spirit. A temple is also, in and of itself, a work of art with a long history of development. A place to examine our internal pieces of art, marvel at their intricacy and beauty and examine their meanings in our lives, and come to understand more fully how they link together to create and sustain the miracles we live out every day–breath, pulse, movement, feeling, consciousness, and our relationship with nature at large.”

~Deane Juhan