Yoga Farm was founded and is skillfully and lovingly directed by Christopher and Daniela.
They live together at Yoga Farm, the place Love built, and serve hundreds of students each month: Radiance coursework, yoga, meditation, intuitive movement, qi gong, inquiry, contemplation, yoga teacher trainings, Come Home to Your Body, dance, nature, waterfalls…. an exquisite variety is offered here.
Read on for their bios….
Daniela Hess, CTACC, MSED
Spiritual Counselor, Life Coach, Certified Yoga Instructor, Meditation Guide
Daniela is a pioneer in spiritual teachings. She combines her wealth of spiritual background and knowledge with incredible insights and effortlessly weaves them into each class. Daniela’s capacity of razor sharp listening and her gift of being able to see beyond the obvious guides her students to connect with their own inherent wisdom.
Her 20 years in spiritual study and application are primarily from the Mahayana School of Tibetan Buddhism and Kashmir Shaivism. Her teachers and mentors include His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, Byron Katie, Lorin Roche, Camille Maurine, Deepak Chopra, Caroline Myss, and Dr. Jackie Black. Prior to joining Yoga Farm, she co-founded and taught with HeartPath Institute.
The synthesis of the oral teachings and transmissions of an unbroken lineage combined with the contemporary teachings of meditation, inquiry and modern mysticism fuel Daniela’s ability to guide students into the answers that lie buried like treasure within their questions. She is masterful at helping all who come to her to see and feel their own Radiance.
Testimonials for Daniela from students:
“These were some of the most meaningful lessons I have ever been taught. Every thing that I learned in Radiance has been applicable to every aspect of my life. I am much calmer and open than ever before. I am able to be much more present with people in my life; both at home and at work. When I am working with Daniela each day is amazing and magical and full of so much life!”
“Taking Daniela’s Radiance Course was the BEST life decision! From start to finish Daniela inspired, encouraged, supported, uplifted and challenged me to create and embody the enchanted life I was seeking.”
“Daniela covers a lot of information in Radiance, which is delivered in concise chunks that were easy to absorb. As a teacher, Daniela is an articulate, knowledgeable, humble, passionate, professional as well as a master storyteller. Weaving threads of expertise, compassion, and impeccable integrity she delivers a well designed, fun and transformational program.”
“Truth be told, I took a course called Radiance, fell deeply in love with myself, with the world, with the truth, and I am deeply grateful.”
“A wise teacher once said, “One can not teach what one does not know”. Daniela lives and breathes what she teaches – her Devotion, Love and Radiance shine through her and into all her classes, and lovingly given to each and every one of her students or clients.“
Christopher Grant, E-RYT200, B.S. Cornell University
Certified Yoga Instructor, Meditation Guide
Christopher is a wonderful, patient, knowledgeable, and nurturing teacher, with a great sense of humor and play. Christopher’s ability to listen to the needs of his students, then craft a session or personalized home practice with those needs in mind, is part of what makes his private sessions and group classes special.
Christopher has been studying and teaching yoga, meditation and other healing therapies and energetic modalities for over 20 years, and holds many teaching certificates and a Cornell Engineering degree. His teachers and mentors include Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, John Osborne, Lorin Roche, James Eavenson, Dr. Joe Marshalla, Yogi Bhajan, and Dr. Joseph Levry.
He weaves together teachings, physical practices, meditations, and breathing exercises from:
- Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, Yoga as Medicine & Therapy
- Kundalini & Kriya Yoga For Energetic Clearing and Charging
- Qi Gong, Ayurveda & Meditation for Healing and Balancing
- Ashtanga Vinyasa Power Yoga for Fitness
Christopher’s goal in his service work is to assist individuals in finding the right medicine, the perfect formula to suit balance and vitality in body, mind and soul.
Testimonials for Christopher from students:
“Christopher has helped me to find greater resilience and peace within myself. This beautiful center has been a source of joy, comfort and healing for me.”
“Christopher tunes into the class intuitively to shape our sequence around what emerges from each person’s movement. This is the first class where I’ve had this experience, and I feel more connected to others as a result. Christopher adjusts with a high level of mindful presence, so I feel safe. I am grateful for the joy this class brings into my life.”
“I feel the best I’ve felt in so long! This is awesome.”
“The class more than met my expectations, as both the gentle movements and meditation were so helpful in relieving tightness, stress and pain. At no time were we asked to do something harmful – to the contrary, I felt so much better!! Thank You!”
“I began weekly sessions with Christopher months ago, as a supplement to my usual training routine. With his expert guidance I have already noticed increased flexibility especially the in the back and hips, which has had a positive impact on my overall feeling of wellness.”
“Christopher is a wonderful, patient, knowledgeable, and nurturing teacher, with a great sense of humor and play.”
“The classes that I’ve been a part of have been flexible in meeting each participant’s needs, often focusing on a particular movement to help one with a particular need.”
“Christopher was extremely knowledgeable, supportive and nurturing. My daughters and I always left class feeling relaxed and energized – this is wellness at its best!”
“No matter which class I’m in Christopher reminds me to smile, breathe and enjoy – the absolute essentials that give me willingness to return. Christopher is knowledgeable and a good instructor. I am reminded to wear the world lightly.”
Here’s a sample of Christopher teaching a short, 18-minute yoga set:
Christopher is a certified and registered yoga teacher, who received his 200-hour teaching certificate in Yoga in 2013 at the Kaivalya Yoga School, Ithaca, NY and an additional teaching certificate in 2014 from Naam Yoga Therapies in NYC. In 2015 he continued his expansion of yoga therapy skills with a teacher training course called ‘The Science of the Private Lesson’. He is a graduate of Cornell University school of Engineering and lives on Yoga Farm just outside Ithaca, in Lansing, NY.
Christopher has been studying and teaching yoga for over 20 years. He has explored, loved and learned from many of the active forms of yoga such as Vinyasa, Iyengar, Kripalu and Ashtanga Yoga. More recently he has been drawn to the roots of yoga, and learned to practice and teach effective breathwork, meditation, and relaxation in the Art of Living, Kundalini, and Naam Yoga schools. Together, the physical yoga, breathing practices and easy meditations have helped him understand how to reduce stress, calm the mind, offer the body and nervous system healing and rest, and allow the smile within to rise up naturally.
Here is his introduction to Yoga Farm: