About Daniel

Daniel wearing a hat and looking at the sunset

Daniel was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he spent his first three years, until his family immigrated to Perth, Western Australia, where he grew up and finished his schooling. For his whole life, Daniel has harboured a burning love of creative expression in creative writing, poetry, music and dance. Daniel considers creative expression as a therapeutic means of communing with our highest nature and transcending the pain of conditioned experience. Natural ability in the sciences, physics and mathematics prevailed early however, leading Daniel to graduate university as a Civil Engineer at 21 years of age.

At this age, while walking in nature, Daniel experienced a profound awakening, realising the eternal nature of his existence and the nature of the ultimate reality as sat-chit-ananda, (existence - consciousness - bliss). It was at this point that Daniel realised there was more to life than this conditioned perception of the world through the limited senses. Thus began his eager search for truth and reality, leading him to begin the practice of Hatha Yoga, all-the-while travelling extensively through Asia, The Middle East and Europe.

For the last 7 years Daniel has been travelling, studying and teaching Yoga and Ayurveda in different countries. He has visited India on three occasions and has studied for 12 months under various masters in the hallowed lands of Bengal, Rishikesh, Varanasi and Haridwar. Daniel is a registered 600H Yoga Alliance Teacher and ayurvedic practitioner, avid writer and author of "The Spirit of Ayurveda - A Practical Guide to Awaken Inner Healing". Daniel started Satya in 2020 in response to the global pandemic in order to bring techniques of self-healing to his friends and family.

A student of the cherished Bhagavad Gita, Daniel is guided by his love of life itself. Daniel believes in the truth of the present reality, free from past or future abstractions of the mind. Abiding in reality, Daniel is guided by life, by what is naturally unfolding in-and-of itself. With this profound notion in the forefront of his awareness, Daniel has accepted his swa-dharma (his life's purpose) as a guide and fellow peer to those also seeking reality and the truth of their own existence.

Daniel doing yoga on a rocky mountain

Today, Daniel has published content to point the seeker towards their own true nature, their swa-dharma. Through his own exploration, Daniel has discovered that the philosophies and culture of ancient India, Sanskrit, Yoga, Ayurveda & Vedanta best express the song of his heart, and thus uses these tools as gateways for self-understanding and imparting realisation.

You are welcome to email Daniel and make contact, and please explore the content on this site, read an article, listen to a meditation and enjoy the peace of abiding in your own self.

Daniel smiling and holding his hands in the namaste gesture
Daniel standing in the water and smiling
Daniel sitting on rocks near the sea
Daniel sitting in the lotus position with his eyes closed near a small waterfall
Daniel with his students
Daniel doing yoga at the beach
Daniel standing with two other people and holding a certificate
Daniel standing next to an old tree
Daniel and a woman holding hands in the namaste gesture and smiling
Daniel with a group of monks
Daniel sitting on a rock next to a river and smiling
Daniel smiling and holding his hands in the namaste gesture
Daniel sitting next to a rocky stream
A portrait of Daniel
Daniel standing in a beautiful garden and smiling
Daniel with his students

‍Hari Om Tat Sat.


Daniel White
Founder of Satya

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