"Dashama is an exquisite example of beauty, love, integrity,professionalism, health, inquisitiveness and yearning for learning that all of the future yoginis can strive for."
~Mark Becker, CEO New York Yoga Magazine & New Life Expos
"Dashama writes with humor and most importantly, with an infectuous sense of joy."
"Any time we talk about Yoga, we're talking about a practice interwoven with a personal journey. Dashama generously shares her story from the prison of pain to the jublilation of finding joy as a backdrop for understanding how the ancient practice of Yoga is relevant in the modern world for addressing the various issues of everyday life. Dashama writes with humor and most importantly, with an infectuous sense of joy."
Felicia Marie Tomasko, RN
Editor-in-Chief, LA YOGA Magazine
President, California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine
'Dashama has the gift of inspiration. She is greatly inspired by the practice of yoga and her message will open your eyes to your true potential and leave you inspired too. Journey to Joyful is a wonderful book for all people interested in creating a life of health and happiness.'
-- Baron Baptiste, Author of the best-seller, Journey Into Power
"Dashama's book inspires you to take a look at your current state of health and will provide you with easy-to-use guidance to create a healthy lifestyle. Get the book, practice yoga, increase your awareness and live healthy."
Johannes R. Fisslinger, co-founder National Yoga Month
"I Lost 14 pounds and I'm Finally Sleeping!"
After practicing the "Transform Your Life with Yoga" system, I have lost weight (14 lbs), increased my energy (I no longer feel the need to turn to caffeine to help me get through my day), and I'm sleeping better (I used to suffer from insomnia and I've been taking melatonin/valerian to help remedy that, but during the challenge I didn't even need to rely on these supplements). My goal was to get through the challenge and I did it! The breakthroughs that I've made are that I want to incorporate both yoga and meditation into my daily life. I also want to open my heart more and give more to others than I have in the past. So far, I have tried both the raw organic detox salad and the breakfast protein shake (I really like both of them and I try to have a protein shake in the morning now every few days). Thank you so much for this experience Dashama! You are always full of light and love!~ Namaste, Amy Davidson
"I Love Dashama's Peaceful yet Powerful Yoga Style!"
"I have been practicing yoga for six years, and Dashama's yoga is by far my favorite! Her peaceful yet powerful style is the most enjoyable I have ever experienced. I love her DVD and look forward to the day when I can experience her yoga live at one of her retreats!" ~'Yo Pal' Hal Elrod, Creator of The Miracle Morning®.
"Thank you is not enough!"
Dashama...thank you is not enough! I started reading the Journey to Joyful this week and doing the DVD. I feel lighter, healthier and happier already. Doing yoga with you has helped me return to teaching ballet after many years. And I'm enjoying getting my flexibility back!
~Lauri McClain, St. Louis, MO
"I am now a converted yoga enthusiast!"
I am now a converted yoga enthusiast since my commitment to do the 30 day challenge, it has and is indeed changing my life for the better. "nga mihi" (from my native language of Maori in New Zealand which means love and light to who you are and the acknowledgement of the gifts you have and share.) namaste
~Matiu Julian, Taranaki, New Zealand
"I'm telling everyone I know and sending them to your website!"
"This program has helped me to refocus and, though I wasn't able to complete all 30 days, it made me very mindful of what was going on or why I wasn't doing the yoga on the days that I missed. And I felt very off when I didn't practice. The feelings that I get when I was taking the time to do yoga are addicting and I just want to keep doing the videos and keep improving!
I'm telling everybody that will listen about what a difference it has made and send them to your website!" ~Jessica M. USA
"You feel as if Dashama was writing directly to you!"
"Hi. I just wanted to say that I got your book last night and it goes beyond to what I expect. So much useful information and at the same time so personal.
You feel as if Dashama was writing directly to you. Thanks." ~Juan C. USA
"I feel more relaxed and confident!"
Thank you so much. I feel more relaxed and confident. I'm improving and increasing in my energy level. I feel more flexible in both body and mind. Some of the teaching I could not follow because some postures are difficult for me. I now set another 30day yoga challenge. I want to get through another level. One difficult challenge for me is "diet". I know I have to change my lifestyle to get higher level. *love you*
Warm regards, Maggie Cheang, Malaysia
Dashama is a rising star in the field of mind/body/spiritual health and personal development. She embodies a bright light and is an inspiration to everyone she meets. She has the unique ability to make complex and profound concepts very simple and approachable for everyone to learn, while keeping it light and fun. Dashama is an excellent teacher with an addictive enthusiasm for her craft."
~Sirah Vettese, PhD renowned author "Spiritual Makeovers: 10 Practices for Falling in Love with Your Life"
"I've been training for triathlons for over 2 years and recently added Dashama's yoga and Thai stretching to my training program. I must say that I'm very pleased with my recent race results and with my overall health and well being. I still have a long way to go and I'm glad to have Dashama on my team!"
~Scott Adams, Founder, Adams Center for Entrepreneurship, Florida Atlantic University
"Working with Dashama Gordon for private yoga sessions was one of the best decisions I've made. She gently pushes me to the next level, inspires, and adds her own unique blend of wisdom that brings everything together. I strongly recommend Dashama for private yoga sessions."
~Dr Harlan Kilstein, Boca Raton, FL
"Here it is! A totally inspiring, super practical book which covers the essentials of yoga and personal transformation. Dashama is a true spiritual warrior and is gifting the world with a beautiful, powerful piece of work here. I loved this book and the joy which exudes through the pages. It is the perfect handbook for anyone interested in personal empowerment through the modern yogic path."
Nick Good Founder of superherotraining.com and author of Amazing Grace: The 9 Principles of Living In Natural Magic and Alive to Healing
Yoga and Meditation with Dashama made a huge physical and spiritual impact on me. I've never felt better about myself and my body. She is inspiring, supportive and encouraging keeping every session fresh and challenging."
~Darren Rennick, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
"I just finished the hour vinyasa on your " transform your life with yoga" dvd fallowed by the core work out and chakra meditation. Iv been doing yoga for a few years now and iv never felt more rejuvenated after a session like this! Your a blessing, thanks for sharing the love:)))
Looking forward to the next one! Namaste..."
~Correy Wilkerson, USA
"Thank you for your great information and joyous enthusiam. My daughter and I are enjoying learning from you!"
~Melissa & Sara
"Dashama is a true original. She's intelligent, passionate and always has a warm smile to share. When it comes to Yoga you would be hard pressed to find someone who who cares more about those she works with. Within the first five minutes of meeting Dashama it becomes crystal clear your life will be enriched forever. Having the opportunity to work with Dashama has been a true blessing." Jay Estis - Chief Solutions Officer, The Strategic Equity Network
"Dashama is an awesome yoga instructor and one of the best poi (fire spinner) performers I have ever worked with. She brings enthusiasm and excitement to any project she works on. I am constantly looking for every opportunity to employ her services and to support her life's work of bringing yoga to the masses. She was extremely helpful to me in all areas of planning, production, promotion and participation of 4 major festivals this past summer. I look forward to our next event together." Kennedy Carr, Director of Entertainment, Raw Spirit Festivals
Dear Dashama, Aloha, Your Karma gives me hope-when I look at you I know there is love and something good will happen! Let me tell you something. Many bad things happened to my life (though I am just turning 27) I have lost my way to where I want to go and even worse I lost myself. After being suspended from work I have lost the believe in myself completely. Deep pain has entered my life and I thought I can't get out. But then I realized that there must be something worth living worth going on and worth working on me and my soul. I am full of love which I want to share constantly. I want to spread good vibrations and love to many people out there. (But usually people look at me as if I were a stranger) To be honest, since last year I wanted to practice yoga but couldn't find the right place, people, course and group etc. I thought that was my obstacle. BUT then I had to learn something unexpected. I WAS THE OBSTACLE. I saw you on youtube doing exercises and i felt some energy in my inner body. I started to do some yoga postures and listened to your videos. you are so great and so involving. I can see I am not the only one thinking like that. Most of all I am happy to see that you are my age. People I have met that were practicing yoga were always way older, and didn't have that karma around them like you have. I am so sad for not being in the states. I would really like to join a class that you teach and meet you personally. I know I can learn a lot from you but the Atlantic is between us. Will you ever be in any European Region?
I will try to get your DVDs and the book you are writing as soon as possible and adapt the style of life a good yogi nowadays should lead. You are explaining everything soooooo wonderful - I REALLY ENJOY LISTENING TO YOU.
I hope you are not bored by now about my story. YOU ARE MY GUIDING LIGHT ALONG MY PATH thank you for being such an angel!"
Besides being an awesome yoga instructor, Dashma has the power to evolve you in all aspects of life. She has an enlightening personality that captivates everyone that surrounds her. I totally recommend." Elaine Timmerman Miami, FL
Hi Dashama - I have looked at your website, youtube videos, and photos and I am inspired. I don't know how or why but you have touched a place inside of me that I haven't been able to access in a long time. I am not sure what this means. I signed up for everything on your website, I want to do the 30 challenge (don't know if that is time sensitive) I want to eat better and attract more of that energy into my life. I want to develop the physical aspect of my spirituality more. You are so inspiring and beautiful in such a non-threatening way. I admire that in you. Thank you for your presence.
~Lori Reyes "Loving Relationships Trainer", Delray Beach, FL
Thanks for a great yoga practice on Saturday. One thing that made it meaningful for me was the sense I got that your expectations about my practice were higher than mine. And I started thinking that maybe my own expectations were holding me back.
At the Ashtanga studio I go to in CT, they do Second Series (which I find challenging) on the first Sunday of the month. Yesterday morning I had the best Second Series I've had, not by efforting more, but by consciously letting go of my expectations about what I could and couldn't do and just seeing where each pose took me. I've known for a long time that people tend to create their own obstacles. But sometimes we need a little help getting out of our own way.
Next time I'm in Boca, I hope I get the chance to practice with you again.
Your yoga is strong!
I've been working with young offenders today who've just come out of prison, teaching them Shaolin Kung Fu & Qi Gong... and we finished the class with a few yoga poses. They looked so at peace afterwards... This is in a round about way thanks to you... I thought you should know the repercussions of your love & teaching across the planet!"
I know you have a massive & ever increasing fanbase, but I'd like to thank u in person for really changing my life in the most joyous and unexpected way.. since stumbling on your youtube vids i haven't missed a day for 45 days now & I FEEL GREAT! You really are a wonderful person."
~Will Mackay London, UK
Thai Yoga massage with you is a deeply satisfying, physically and spiritually, it beats any regular massage I have ever experienced. The effects of Thai Yoga Massage lasts for days." ~Nelson Corbrera, Boca Raton, F
Dashama is a beautiful young woman who appears delicate but beyond the surface beauty she has a deceptively strong body and mind. She used Thai Yoga to manipulate my 40 year old frame into positions I've not dreamed of since my late 20's. Coupled with her informed instruction and directed meditation this strong physical manipulation leads to a long lasting feeling of health and well being."
~Lowell Jones, CEO, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
I have been getting massages since I was 18 years old (now over 25 years) from the best therapists all over the world and I have never had an experience like the Thai Yoga Massage with Dashama."
~Glenn Ellis, Owner of Ellis and Ged Law firm, Boca Raton, FL
I will keep this short and sweet because I tend to ramble on when I love something. Dashama is truly a gift! I was introduced as a gift for my birthday last year with a one on one yoga class , which she was born to do, she is a natural! For me, Dashama's true gift lies in her abilities with Thai Massage, something so special that I have not seen before and I have been a licensed NY State massage therapist since 1988. I have not met anyone more perfectly suited, balanced and gifted in a craft! She truly is an angel!
~Linda Levine, Delray Beach, FL
30 Day Yoga Challenge
"I have REALLY enjoyed your videos and have to say this is the first time I've been serious about yoga. I have noticed through practicing consistently that I am much more balanced and in control of my life. Not only am I able to handle stress better, but I'm also sleeping better at night and waking up feeling refreshed. I went ahead and registered for level 3 of the 30 day challenge and look forward to your full length video. Thank you for inspiring me...Namaste" : ) Mary
"I lost 10 lbs last month, Thanks Dashama!" ~Jenna Barber, FL
"Thank you for the 30 day yoga challenge!! It was great to be doing yoga every day! I noticed that I became more flexible and that I got more energy. I noticed my body wanted to have different food. So I have started to eat organic again for most of my meals, which is great. I've also noticed I have less cravings for highly sugar loaded foods. My sleep increased. I worried less and could sleep more, which is awesome!!"
Carine, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Europe
"This program has helped me to refocus and, though I wasn't able to complete all 30 days, it made me very mindful of what was going on or why I wasn't doing the yoga on the days that I missed. And I felt very off when I didn't practice. Thank you for your grace and inner beauty, it is truly inspiring and makes me hopeful that I, too, may one day be that pure.
"I feel more relaxing and confident. I'm improving and increase in my energy level.
I feel more flexible in both body and mind.
One difficult challenge for me is "diet". I know I have to change my lifestyle to get higher
level. I hope to get advice from you."
*love you too*
~Maggie Cheang, Malaysia
"I completely changed my diet and lifestyle. thanks to you and a few other sources, I've lost about 115 lbs. and feel better than I've ever felt. You are a wonderfully beautiful person, and I'm honored to be your friend. Thank you so much Dashama!" ~ Pete
"After watching your Day 24 video I wanted to write because I think you've done a really great job balancing yoga asanas with lifestyle issues like diet and meditation, accounting for beginners, intermediate and advanced yogis and yoginis as you say. It is clear that what you are doing is a gift of time, energy and knowledge. It has been my experience that some of the 'simplest' things in life are full of complexity if explored fully and also the hardest to master in their fullness." ~ Namaste Heidi
When I came across your videos it made all the difference. your energy is so positive and it just speaks to me. Now, I try to do at least a short practice everyday." Michael
"Very nice!!! I am recommending your videos to my students, to inspire them toward deeper study and the path to leadership. Thank you Dashama"
"I am thrilled to see real, high-quality yoga videos. This sequence was well constructed, and the instruction was appropriate for your audience. Your form was excellent, especially the heart-opening & spreading the backbend up the back; there were no sharp bends where a disc was overstressed. Beautiful yoga, well chosen & thoughtfully explained. Good Work!"
"Thank you so much for these videos! I absolutely love yoga, but recently have just been aching for new positions and more strength. I've just been yearning to become better and more advanced at yoga. Your videos have helped me tremendously!
~Susan Luxum, VA :)
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I am so happy that I have found you in my life, you have brought to me a greater understanding and helped expand my knowledge of yoga so much. I firmly believe in all of you teachings and always look forward to the next newsletter you send out! You have helped me stop my bad habits by presenting me with the good ones I use now in replace of those, and I don't ever plan on looking back." Namaste, Brian Freund
I have been having 2 tablespoons of Flax Seed meal with my morning oatmeal for the last 6 months and it has lowered my bad cholesterol 30 points. Fantastic stuff. Thank you for the Health Tips in your weekly Newsletter!"
~Namaste, Rob Farella
Trance Dance and Sacred Ceremonies
It was Divine Intervention that I met Dashama ~ at the last moment the person I hired to facilitate 'yoga trance dance' for the retreats I lead cancelled. Through synchronicity I was lead to Dashama and from the moment I heard her voice and connected on the phone with her I knew she was a like minded serious student of Truth and liberation. I am interested in teaching women how to embrace the totality of whom they are and connecting to our bodies through dance is a key piece in our wholeness. Dashama embodied goddess energy through her smile, the twinkle in her eyes and the light that surrounded her. Pure angelic free loving energy ~ I would highly recommend Dashama to lead you or your group to glimpse the sweetness of the Divine Creator in us all."
~Jana Fleming, Deepak Chopra Certified Instructor,
Dashama's trance dance events provide a lengthy warmup/stretch segment, a long free-form segment full of high-energy dancing with original and carefully selected music, and a solid cool down segmet that wraps with a universe-loving meditation, leaving one centered and focused in the here and now. I recommend it. ~Jonaca, Promoter for The Alternative Dance Network of South Florida
Well I can tell you that starting Angelika in Yoga when she was 2 at home with me has aided in raising her as a well rounded individual. She has learned patience, self control, increased her focus ability and has been very good for her physically.
These are important lessons that I felt I wanted to teach her and Yoga was the best way to do it. Yoga has such diversity that it does not matter how young or old you are. You can always benefit!"
~Jenna Barber, FL
Hey Dashama, just letting you know my 4 year old daughter 'Rosa' loves your kids yoga dvd, we received it 2 days ago and as soon as I get home she insists we put her dvd on, it's wonderful watching her. The first evening we did it together, and tonight as soon as I walked in the door she insisted we do yoga together. It's beautiful to watch her tuning into you."
~Thank you - Carmen :)
Dashama's Kids Yoga DVD is so fun my daughter comes home begging me to put it on for her after school!" Jackie, WA
A Yoga Success Story...
Years of leg and back pain, weakened muscles, and limping had eventually damaged my hip joint. Severe osteoarthritis required an immediate total hip replacement. My children were toddlers. I looked forward to being able to walk and not have constant pain, but this was not realized even 7 years after surgery. I saw Physical Therapists, orthopedic surgeons, chiropractors, acupuncturists, other yoga teachers, and a neurologist. My hip movements were severely limited and so were my daily activities.
Nothing was working...
I was eventually recommended to Dashama for yoga.
For the first time, someone carefully figured out which specific muscles were causing the pain and limitation. She carefully positioned and repositioned me until the weak/atrophied muscles were finally stretched. She was sensitive to my pain and limits. Especially important is that she encourages me to focus on not holding my muscles back out of fear. I need to relax mentally, so I can relax physically. I feel confident and safe with her knowledge of how the body works and inspired by her wisdom of the mind's power.
I can now touch the floor while standing, sit on the floor and get up with my own muscle power and tie my shoes.
My flexibility is now greater than I imagined possible. I have confidence that with Dashama's guidance my body will continue to improve in strength and flexibility.
My goals are to ride a bicycle, play on the floor with my young children, take long walks and am looking forward to doing the full wheel pose!"
~Sharon Kilstein, December, 2007