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Early Years


The First Life Lesson

 

Question Everything.

 

 

 

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Early Years


The First Life Lesson

 

Question Everything.

 

 

 

I was born Daniel Ryan De France. 

Life for me began in the same way as many. A quiet country-side town, overly protective parents, catholic school, church and more than just a pinch of mischief. I was a typical boy, beginning my typical life.

Stubbornness came quite naturally to me. Regardless of the topic, I always had to find answers for myself.. A habit that would prove to be both bad and beneficial. On one occasion, after witnessing Mary Poppins take flight, I decided to test this feat.. jumping off our two-story house with a beach umbrella.. No bones were broken. Dreams however, were brought back down to reality.

Towards the end of elementary school, when confronted with the prospect of receiving the Catholic sacrament of confirmation, I decided that I would needed more information before agreeing to honour a religion I knew so little about.

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First Test of Fate


 

 

 

The Small Steps

 

Simply standing
is still a step up from laying down 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Test of Fate


 

 

 

The Small Steps

 

Simply standing
is still a step up from laying down 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Freshman year in high school saw me moved to the suburban Village of Waterdown, Ontario - which, at the time, was home to a compact collection of rich kids with lots of time, and seemingly very little to do.. a disaster waiting to happen.

"All I want is to make enough money to buy beer and get a house with friends." - Daniel De France, age 17

My high school years were nothing if not a party. I was more commonly found in trouble than in class. However, I always managed to maintain good grades. Apart from math; which I failed twice in grade 11. My math-teacher mom was NOT impressed. I would later apply myself, and upon graduation, I received the award, "proficiency in mathematics."

However, learning on the level I now hold in highest regard, had yet to begin...

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The Purpose From Pain


 


 

 

From Pain To Purpose

 

Its not what happens, but how you see it
that counts

 

 

 

The Purpose From Pain


 


 

 

From Pain To Purpose

 

Its not what happens, but how you see it
that counts

 

 

 

On December 16, 2013, I would suffer an injury that would change my life forever. 

A powerlifting accident led to a severely broken left foot. I managed to drop a 175-pound barbell, crushing seven structurally-significant bones and tearing through connective tissues. Surgery was not an option. When told by my doctors, "You will never run again", I – the 19-year-old Health, Wellness & Fitness student – was devastated. After months spent in a darker place, I eventually found a new light - Yoga.

With regular practice and a burning desire to better my current conditions, I soon made remarkable progress. Within six months I was able to walk completely unassisted; and in less than a year I could regularly be seen running long distances, training advanced functional movements and even dabbling in backyard gymnastics.

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The Making of a Man


 




 

A New

Beginning


The key to happiness,
is found in forgetting about yourself

 

 


 

 

The Making of a Man


 




 

A New

Beginning


The key to happiness,
is found in forgetting about yourself

 

 


 

 

After graduating from college with a diploma in Health, Wellness & Fitness, I decided to study yoga at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in the Bahamas. It was there, in those 6-months of intense study and selfless service, that I, Daniel Ryan De France the boy from Carlisle, became Daniel Rama, the Yoga Siromani (Teacher of the Yogas).

"My recovery has been a hard journey, made easier by the practice of meditation and yoga asana. I owe my mobility, and my life, to these practices. My deepest desire is to share this with others." - Daniel Rama, age 21

Present day, I teach traditional Hatha Yoga classes across Southern Ontario, and workshops with topics ranging from inversions & hand balancing, to back bending, to acro yoga, to meditation and pranayama. I am currently teaching, and accepting new online students from all around the globe.


"Richness is found in those who are simple and humble." - Sri Swami Sivananda
www.sivananda.org


 

An interview with Mantra Magazine

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Practice with me


In Studio & Online

Practice With Me

Practice with me


In Studio & Online

Practice With Me