Welcome, I'm Dayna

I take play seriously. Pleasure, meaning, engagement, and flow are your birthright. Using humor, yoga, neuroscience-based coaching and positive psychology, let's optimize your experience in this wild and precious life.

There is wisdom in stress

I know something about anxiety. When I emerged from my math/ philosophy/ pre-med degree, I was a heady high performer who suffered from “analysis paralysis.” I felt chronically unsafe in my body; it interfered with my ability to socialize, travel, and keep commitments. Later I struggled with panic attacks and, by my mid-20’s, mysterious health issues: tingly fingers, dry mouth, waking up in the middle of the night with “oxygen hunger”, daytime shortness of breath, debilitating fatigue that worsened with exercise, feeling like my throat was closing up, etc.

I sought out conventional providers, naturopaths, therapy, body workers, all sorts of health care providers and finally I confronted myself --- “Dayna, are you doing everything you can to heal?” The answer was No. So I got to work.

Some quiet voice inside me felt drawn to a bottom-up approach, beginning with nutrition. I began a dietary protocol intended to support balanced mood, soothe my anxiety, and eliminate common triggers. Diet was something I could control and feel empowered about. I read books, and believe in bibliotherapy. I leaned into my yoga practices, prioritized sleep, hydration, and other fundamental self-care for brain health.

I understand at a deep, physiological level the way that stress can live in the body. 

Now - I’m happy to say - I’ve lost about 30lbs and have kept it off for a decade, and am now panic attack-free. I healed my anxiety without meds, and beyond all my education, this is the qualification I’m most proud of. 

If this story resonates with you, trust that intuition.  

A high level of well-being is your birthright. I can’t wait to meet you.

Are you doing everything you can to heal? 

Master of Arts (M.A.), Integrative Health & Well-being Coaching

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Mathematics & Philosophy

National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach

RYT-500 Advanced Teacher of Therapeutic Yoga

Trained in Mind-body Medicine

"I am large, I contain multitudes.” -Walt Whitman 

Using mind-body medicine and an inquiry-based approach, I look for what’s right with you: your strengths, what makes sense about your body’s stress response, what values you’re going to bat for, and what world you want to create.
 
Using neuroscience-based, experiential practices, lifestyle, biblio-resources and your own wisdom of what nourishes you, you will cultivate a more resilient mind and body. 
 
You will become the primary care provider in your life. 

If you are gracious enough to invite me into your journey, I will hold your highest potential in mind, create a safe & present space, and communicate authentically. I commit to practicing my own self-awareness and growth as we work together.

Health is, for me, an art form.

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Currently...

Reading:
The Lord of the Rings (again), also Beyond Good and Evil (again), and a whole bunch of coaching books

Craving:
Cedar-plank salmon…
and dark chocolate

Listening:
Everything. Lately.. Chopin,
Billie Eilish, Carla Bruni

DRINKING:
BLACK, ORGANIC COFFEE

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Can you guess where I stand?

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