About Dana


Dana first began practicing yoga in 1998 whilst working full time in Sydney’s CBD. She studied and then worked in Sales, Marketing and Tourism in Sydney and UK.

It was not long before she realised the benefits of yoga both physically and mentally and longed to be no other place than yoga class.

A 16 year background of RAD classical ballet and a fully qualified and accredited group fitness leader with Fitness Australia since 1993, Dana knew that yoga teaching was her destiny.

She began teaching yoga in 2001 and since that time has devoted her life to yoga teachings, having spent weeks away at the Sarasvati yoga ashram living and learning yoga. Dana completed her Diploma of yoga teaching through Sarasvati yoga association in January 2004. She continued her yoga studies, practice and teachings and in early 2008 Dana became a level 2 member of Yoga Teachers Association of Australia. Dana has full Teaching membership with International Yoga Teachers Association IYTA and Yoga Australia and holds a Post Graduate diploma in Pre and Post Natal Yoga with International Yoga Teachers Association IYTA. She has also completed Magic Monkey Kids Yoga Training and Zenergy Yoga’s Training for Kids Yoga including  toddlers, children, tweens, teens and also Kid’s Yoga Therapy.

Dana has been teaching yoga for over 15 years. Her general hatha yoga classes are fun and energising, building strength, flexibility and healthy bodies and minds.

She teaches Kids Yoga, Prenatal / Pregnancy Yoga, Postnatal Yoga, Hatha Vinyasa Yoga classes, Mums and Bubs Yoga, Yoga Nidra/Relaxation, Pranayama/ Breathing and Meditation.

In 2007 she teamed up with Vicki Hansen from Medicine music and together they made a relaxation/ yoga nidra CD which has helped so many people to relax, unwind, breathe and calm. 5 minutes of yoga nidra provides you with 20 minutes of good, deep sleep. Westerners lack good, deep sleep with their busy lifestyles.

She believes the power of Yoga Nidra/ Relaxation is amazing. Their CD Yoga Nidra- Blissful relaxation for mind and body can be seen on our online yoga Shop or can be downloaded from Itunes, Spotify and Apple music. Just search Yoga Nidra Dana Gifford or Vicki Hansen and scroll across to find our Yoga Nidra : Blissful relaxation for mind and body. The cover has a purple lotus flower which can be seen on our yoga shop.  Just lye down relax, listen and enjoy. There are 2 x guided relaxations which go for almost 1 hour.  Also enjoy more of Vicki Hansen’s music by searching Vicki Hansen or Indiajiva.

Her Post Graduate diploma of Pre & Post Natal Yoga with IYTA (International Yoga Teachers Association) she has successfully completed modules in Pre and Post Natal yoga, Labour, Active Birth, Birthing, Baby Massage and Benefits of Touch, Post Natal care and Mums and Bubs yoga.

Dana is passionate about empowering woman during their pregnancy and active birth. Yoga has lots of positive tools to help woman connect with their beautiful baby, enjoy their time being pregnant and prepare for the birth of their baby & beyond. Dana and Vicki teamed up again and 2016 was the launch of their Mindful Pregnancy CD. This CD can be purchased on our online yoga Shop or via Itunes, Spotify & Apple music. Just search Mindful Pregnancy by Indiajiva and Yogi Dana. You are looking for a cover with a pregnant mum wearing white with one hand on top of her baby and her other hand on her lower belly. A photo can be seen on our online yoga shop. The CD includes Blissful meditations, chants and breathing exercises to relax during pregnancy and birth. A must have for all pregnant mums. Sharing the love and light of pregnancy and active birth.

Being a mum of 2 adorable girls is her best job yet.

Her passion of yoga extends to all ages and her yoga practice provides balance and energy. She encourages everybody to practice yoga to create strong bodies, healthy minds and true inner happiness.

She truly believes that yoga is our savour to injury, disease, stress and aging. It is never too late to start yoga “.. as today is the start of the rest of your life.”