Divya Beste Dolanay was born on 1 July 1974, in Ankara-Turkey. She completed her undergraduate studies at Bilkent University and then received her Master’s degree on Business Communication in The Hague, Holland ,where she lived for 3 years. She worked professionally and volunteered in various organizations in Turkey and abroad. She started practicing yoga and follow this inspirational, transformational path in 2000. Upon the birth of her daughter in 2003, she decided to teach yoga professionally.
In 2004, she completed the Yoga Teacher Training and received her certificate from Vivekananda Yoga Therapy University (sVyasa), and started teaching yoga. She founded the children’s yoga program yOgaMini Project to teach yoga at schools and created the first children’s yoga website in 2004 in Turkey.
After living in Durban, South Africa for two years, in 2008, she moved back to Turkey, Urla-İzmir. She gave private and group yoga classes in İzmir, also for English speaking Expat groups at her home studio in Urla. She opened a yoga studio with her friend in İzmir, Konak called ‘bir’ yoga stüdyosu. In February 2008, her children’s yoga book, ‘Lotus Çiçekleri-yOgaMini Projesi’ (Lotus Flowers-The yOgaMini Project)’ was published by Alfa Yayınları. Same year, she created the yogaDivya website, where besides yoga, she also started to share her travel articles and creative freestyle pieces.
In 2010, together with Dr. Neslihan İskit, she started children’s yoga-yOgaMini Project Teacher Training Program. These programs are still being held every year and more than 50 yOgaMini teachers all over Turkey are teaching children’s yoga at schools, kindergardens and children development centres.
Summer of 2010, after almost 5 years she moved back to İstanbul, Kemerburgaz where she started teaching private/group lessons at her home studio and at various number of sports centers. She also taught children’s yoga at several schools. In 2012, she moved to Amsterdam-Holland, where she is giving private yoga lessons for adults and teens, YogaThaiMassage , which is a program she has created, a combination of Yoga and Thai Massage. Please click here for the details of YogaThaiMassage.
In 2017, she completed two certification programs (Nesta-Spencer Institute), Holistic Life Coaching (CHLC) and Wellness Coaching (CWC) and started professional coaching clients through her two signature programs.
Divya Beste Dolanay, has participated many training programs and workshops in Turkey and abroad learning various styles of yoga & meditation techniques since 2004. Please find more information at the trainings/certificates section.
INTERESTS: Alternative music, alternative therapies, alternative sports. Traveling around the world, living in different countries, writing, walking-trekking, sailing, human psychology-relationships, collection of quotes.