Our state-of-the-art Yoga and Meditation Studio is currently under construction at 1125 Oak St., Columbus, OH 43205
Danja Yoga is creating a space where people can gather and celebrate who we are; individually and collectively. In this space, we will have the opportunity for genuine personal growth which will positively impact our lives and communities. We provide support to each person on their journey by offering yoga, meditation, and reiki.
Everyone is meant to be here.
Danja Studios’ leadership and instructors commit to the idea that practice in yoga and meditation be accessible and available to all. We will maintain a culture of working through our individual shadows so that we may support everyone on their developmental path. This is true regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, political views, and religious beliefs.
There is goodness in everyone.
Every human being begins life as pure potential. Over time, we are shaped by our genetics and environment — often unconsciously creating negative habitual reactions. We will each strive to see the conditions behind each other’s behavior and encourage our inner goodness to shine brightly.
Foster compassion and inclusivity.
To effectively teach yoga and meditation we must each develop our own innate qualities of compassion and interbeing. We will each use this community to practice manifesting compassion and inclusivity.
Value and respect all.
Our yoga and meditative traditions teach us that there is ultimately no difference between self and other. When this is realized, we understand that caring for ourselves is caring for others. We also understand that engaging in self-care is not selfish. We will respect and value ourselves by fostering a community that: speaks straight, listens generously, is for each other, honors commitments, and acknowledges/appreciates one another.
Calm the stress of chaotic lives.
The classic aim of yoga and meditation is to address the dis-ease of the human condition, bringing us to an inner alignment so that we may experience deep contentment.
Danja programs pursue real-life benefits for teachers and students. It’s not enough to come “check out” on the mat or cushion; we have to learn to apply it in our daily lives.
Empower and support others.
Individuals will come to recognize their sovereignty through the support of the Danja community. We will empower and encourage each other to follow our calling, deepen our relationships, and be active in our communities.
Teachings are kept close to their roots.
Danja recognizes that 21st century America is uniquely poised to provide unique cultural adaptations to traditional practices. We also know that 5,000 years of tradition have proven the success of classical methods. We will honor our practice’s origins by deepening our own understanding of them. From this understanding will emerge integrity and authentic sharing.
Celebrate where everyone is on their path.
Enlightenment is the recognition that we are miraculously aware; an unfolding process of the clarity and unconditional loving compassion of human beings. As such, everyone is exactly where they need to be and can be nowhere else. Even though we may be perfect, just the way we are, we can use some work, too. Let’s celebrate together on this path which unfolds before us!
Daniel Sernicola, E-RYT 200, RMT, CR, CA is a sought after yoga, meditation, and reiki teacher based in Columbus, Ohio. He is an experienced registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance, having over 1,000 hours of yoga teacher training from some of the most respected teachers today including Sage Rountree, Cyndi Lee, and Marcia Miller. He has certifications in trauma informed yoga, yoga for athletes, restorative yoga, pranayama, meditation, aromatherapy, and reiki. His expertise has been called upon commercially as a yoga and meditation teacher for The Ohio State University, J. P. Morgan Chase, Chamberlain College of Nursing, Young Living, Inc., Osborn Engineering, Barge Design Solutions, and Society for Marketing Professional Services to name a few. His work has been featured in Columbus Underground and he is a regular writer and contributor for Yoga Journal Publications.
He embarked on his personal yoga journey when he came to the simple realization that he couldn’t touch his toes. In an effort to regain flexibility lost through working out, he started practicing yoga and quickly realized its numerous benefits, extending beyond the physical. Daniel believes yoga heals and nourishes and includes this knowledge in his teaching. His classes offer a heartfelt and eclectic mix of philosophy, asana, pranayama, meditation, reiki, and a healthy dose of humor, designed to awaken healing and wellness.
Daniel has worked with athletes for many years to improve and increase athletic performance from both a physical and mental perspective, and makes his classes approachable for all by providing modifications and adjustments for challenging poses. He’s worked with local sports teams including The Ohio State University Men’s Crew, Westerville Crew, Upper Arlington Crew, Greater Columbus Rowing Association, Columbus Coyotes RFC, and Stonewall Sports Columbus.
Daniel is passionate about bringing yoga and mindfulness to youth and teaches a program in the Columbus community for anti-bullying. In October 2016, his work with underserved youth was recognized with a “Distinguished Community Partner of 2016” award given by Kaleidoscope Youth Center. In 2017, Daniel was named one of the top fitness instructors in Columbus by Columbus Navigator.
Daniel is a student and teacher of Zen and Tibetan Buddhism and has developed meditation programs inviting others to realize the benefits of meditation in their lives. As a reiki practitioner and teacher, Daniel has introduced others to this healing energy work through trainings and private sessions.
Utilizing knowledge from a successful career in corporate marketing, Daniel co-founded Danja Yoga, creating a diversified mix of the spiritual, physical, and business side of yoga, meditation and reiki. It is his life’s passion and goal to inspire others and build better communities through this business.
Jake Hays, BBA, AAS, RYT200, RMT began his personal journey to yoga as a weightlifter with a desire to increase his flexibility and strength. Not only did yoga significantly improve his athletic stamina, it brought him new-found peace, awareness, self-acceptance, and self-love. These values are the foundation of his teaching path, which he shares with his students, encouraging everyone to experience their own practice as a journey of discovery by tapping into the energy of radical self-acceptance. Jake’s extensive knowledge of body types has benefited the many students and athletes he teaches with purposeful modifications and adaptations. He’s worked with local sports teams including The Ohio State University Men’s Crew, Westerville Crew, Upper Arlington Crew, Greater Columbus Rowing Association, Columbus Coyotes RFC, and Stonewall Sports Columbus.
Jake’s yoga teaching philosophy is influenced by his athletic background and his belief that yoga is for every body, regardless of gender, size and physical limitations. Through his teaching, Jake invites students to fully experience yoga, including breath awareness, mindfulness and enhanced flexibility, to enhance their strength building and body awareness. He welcomes every student with an open heart by fostering an atmosphere of respect, fun, and judgement-free self-discovery.
Jake is dedicated to sharing his ongoing study of yoga, pranayama, reiki, meditation, and wellness modalities with all his students. Jake trained at Yoga on High and received his RYT-200 in 2014. He is also a Reiki Master Teacher, student of Zen and Tibetan Buddhism, and has certifications and specializations in Yoga for Athletes, Pranayama, Restorative, and Trauma Informed Yoga. In October 2016, his work with underserved youth was recognized with a “Distinguished Community Partner of 2016” award given by Kaleidoscope Youth Center. In 2017, Jake was named one of the top fitness instructors in Columbus by Columbus Navigator.
Jake is co-founder of Danja Yoga and Wellness, Inc. He has a corporate career as a Business Analyst with J. P. Morgan Chase holding an Associate of Applied Science in Technology and Business from West Virginia University and Bachelor of Business Administration from Franklin University.
Come and Practice with Us!
Roll out your mat and discover the power to calm your mind and strengthen your body. Yoga is a combination of physical and mental exercises that have withstood the test of time, benefitting millions of people worldwide. These powerful practices have developed forms suitable for everyone and we are dedicated to offering classes that are approachable, inclusive, and fun! You’ll leave feeling challenged, yet refreshed! Enhance your yoga practice with the variety of meditation classes offered in our meditation center. We’d love to have you join our growing community.
At Danja Yoga, we offer Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Restorative, Yin, Power, Slow Burn, Heated, Gentle, Urban Zen, Lifelong, and Zen Flow. Our specialty classes include Yoga for Athletes, Trauma-Informed Yoga, Prenatal, Veterans, Cancer, and many more.
More classes will be added as our studio grows. Please contact email@example.com if you have an interest in teaching at our center.
Private yoga lessons offer students the ability to focus on personal interests, concerns or goals. Instead of following along with the yoga instructor in a class setting, a private lesson allows an individual to set specific goals and plans, such as personal goals for flexibility, strength or meditation. Contact us to set up your private yoga session.
Learn How to Meditate!
Meditation is a broad term referring to techniques used to cultivate certain psychological or spiritual elements of a human being. Meditation practices have emerged in almost every time and culture. We believe all of them have value and honor them.
Currently, we offer a variety of practices, including Concentration, Just Sitting, Loving Kindness, Calm Abiding, Chanting, Walking Meditation, Breath Control (Pranayama), iRest Yoga Nidra, and more. Over time we’ll be giving other traditions and styles the opportunity to share their wisdom with the Danja Community.
Private meditation sessions offer students one-on-one sessions inviting them to discover the benefits of meditation, establish a practice, and maintain accountability. Through personalized Dharma talks and instruction, students can deepen their individual practice through setting specific meditation and mindfulness goals and plans. Contact us to set up your private meditation session.
Meditation is not just restricted to physical stillness or silence. Moving meditation through yoga and other embodied practices is available through Danja’s yoga center.
Reiki is a Japanese healing and relaxation practice for connecting universal energy with the body’s innate powers of healing. It helps recharge, realign, and rebalance our energy field to create optimal conditions of the body’s healing systems. Reiki assists in the restoration of balance on the physical, mental, and emotional levels.
At Danja Yoga, we offer individual Reiki sessions as well as trainings on how to give Reiki to yourself and others through the Komyo ReikiDo system of Eastern Reiki. We currently offer certifications in Level One (Shoden), Level Two (Chuden), Masters (Okuden), Master Teacher (Shinpiden), and Certified Teacher (Shihan).
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, we are not accepting new clients. We are keeping a vigilant eye on current conditions and will update our website accordingly.
Ever feel like there’s a blockage in your body, mind, or heart holding you back and making you feel sluggish? You can realign and bring your energies into balance with Reiki. During a session in our treatment room, hands will be placed on you in various locations to help balance out your energy. The effects of the session may be felt physically, or they may result in an attitude shift, a creative insight, a solution to a vexing problem, or a host of other nonphysical ways.
What People Are Saying
“As coaches, we have used yoga, Danja Yoga specifically, to help our rowers both mentally and physically. Daniel and Jake have taken the time to find out what specifics, I as a coach, would like to see with our athletes. Physically, our athletes increase core strength, balance, and even cardio. However, more important to me, are the mental aspects of what yoga does for our athletes. The ability to calm themselves when sitting at the start line, or any piece, is paramount. Daniel and Jake have taught our athletes how to center their thoughts, along with calming the anxiety that athletic competition can bring. Danja Yoga does a great job of tailoring the sessions to help us achieve our end goals.”
“Danja Yoga not only provides the well known benefits of increased flexibility and blood flow, improved range of motion and eases a stressful mind; yoga personally has helped aid in my mind and muscle connection which is a quintessential aspect of bodybuilding. Every lift, I find my physical self even more in tune with my spiritual and emotional self – thus allowing me to reach my fitness goals. It creates a long muscle and a long muscle is a strong muscle.”
“My husband and I have been around meditation our entire lives. Through Daniel’s teachings, we’ve been able to understand this practice for the first time. As an Indian woman, I came to this country embarrassed of my physical features including my hair and skin tone. I didn’t feel attractive. Through this meditation practice, I can now look in the mirror and see beauty.”
“More than anything, our young people need and deserve a safe space to feel comfortable in their bodies, something they are denied in so many other spaces. Over the course of our yoga sessions, we saw tremendous growth in our youth. They grew in strength and flexibility, sure, but most importantly, they expressed using yoga as a coping skill and to reduce stress. In fact, many youth expressed that their weekly yoga class was the “highlight of my week” and “when I felt calmest.” Many youth who were initially very body conscious and anxious became more confident and comfortable over the weeks, and most beautifully, perhaps, was seeing our youth meditate quietly together, encourage one another, and laugh hysterically together – which is encouraged by Daniel and Jake, of course! They have skillfully created a warm and affirming environment that our youth look forward to each week.”
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