When someone broaches the word ‘meditation’ and ‘teacher’, an image of a long-bearded guru (sage) sitting cross-legged in the mountains of Himalayas might rally in our mind. But that’s patently cliché.
Daniel Matallana, a young meditation teacher and holistic therapist from Colombia, is baulks at such stereotypical approach as he prances through a music therapy as an antidote to fighting depression and anxiety.
Lets Hear His Story in His Own Words.
I am a teacher, who helps people through music, dance and yoga. I enjoy my work as it brings people back to normal life. I teach self-love to everyone.
I have graduated in Philosophy from Colombia. I had my own dance company in my country and I used to teach dance in Brazil as well. Later, I went to London and got a Master’s degree in Dance Movement Psychotherapy.
I was hired by Evolve, a wellness company in Doha. I was hired as a therapist. I attend children with special needs, be it autism, Down syndrome and other learning disabilities, aged 3 to 8 years. Movement and music are very helpful in communication. It’s a way of communication. I support them with dance therapy in one-to-one and group sessions every day. Some of the children are very scared and introvert. So music and dance really helps them find their own voice.
My narrow escape from death taught me some important lessons.Nearly, ten years ago, I was stabbed in the back by muggers in Bogota, captial of Colombia. I struggled for life in a hospital. The close contact with death made me realise its value. I first learnt how sacred and important life is. It led me to spirituality. It brought me closer to my life and my purpose. I wanted to share my positivity and healing energy with others.
Dance, meditation and yoga became my tools to deal with depression, anxiety and other hardships faced in life. I was lucky to get education from some of the best teachers. Travelling to different countries also ushered in a positive change in my life.
I teach yoga and provide dance therapy classes at three different studios namely, Yama Yoga, Miya Yoga, and Evolve Wellness in Doha.
I help people cultivate self-love. I encourage and teach them express self-love through music and dance. I have three offerings for those who want to attend my sessions. The first is an online course. A free course , it offers pieces of meditation advice on how to deal with anxiety and depression. Secondly, I teach yoga classes regularly. One class is often for three months. Thirdly, I conduct and address workshops on a monthly basis.
Initially, people from different non-Arab expatriate communities came to me. Now, local people and expatriates from different Arab countries also attend my sessions.
There are many things that make people depressed in life. They do not find real purpose in life. They do things that they do not like or love. They do things to impress people they do not even care about. They buy things that they do not need. People also face stress in their relations. They are often emotionally wounded. And they lack love for self. In the absence of self-love, they develop negative habits.
“Self-love, I believe, is the most powerful force in the universe. Over the last decade, I have travelled and studied around Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle-East in a personal quest to learn from the greatest teachers on earth: Amazonian shamans, clinical psychologists, Buddhist monks and new age gurus. What I have learnt and I have to share with others is that together we can create a new world of kindness, peace and abundance for all.”
“Self-love is a positive thing. It comes from honesty and wisdom. It helps one in making good choices in life. It produces positive energy. On the other hand, selfishness comes from immediate gratification. It does not help in making wise choices in life.”
“Many studies have found that a little yoga in the morning, at night, or even during a lunch break, can minimise stress and depression. It is believed that yoga is so effective for stress relief because, aside from the physical benefits that yoga brings, it encourages a good mood, an increase in mindfulness, and a healthy dose of self-compassion.”
Qatar is a wonderful place. The country has a lot of new opportunities. It is a young country fast finding its identity. I enjoy living and working here.
I have recently launched my book under name “MEDITATION SECRETS”.
Meditation has saved my life and I’m so blessed to be able to pass on this knowledge in a way that’s fun, easy, and down to earth. This book shares the secrets I wish I knew when I first started my journey to mindfulness. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced practitioner, you will find powerful hacks to overcome stress and rewire your brain for higher energy.
You can purchase it online at https://amzn.to/3gJjKUa
“I am currently based in Doha where I’ve come to work as a holistic therapist.
I’m here to support your well being through the practice of yoga, meditation and self-love. Feel free to contact me for classes, healing sessions,workshops or group retreats. I would love to meet you and help you shine your light!”
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