Aya at Ananda

About Aya

A joyful, high-energy, mindful dance practice, Aya is where meditation, ecstatic dance, and primal movement collide. Weaving simple patterns with free-form bliss, every class is a sacred somatic exploration into self-discovery and authentic self-expression. It’s about awareness, choice, presence, connection, and creativity. It’s about coming home to your body for truth. For bliss. It’s about dancing yourself free.

About Danielle

Founder of the international conscious dance practice, Aya®, and owner of Ananda, Danielle Eastman holds a Master’s in Exercise Physiology and has over twenty years of experience teaching conscious dance, fitness, yoga, martial arts, and energy work. After a decade of seeking, exploring, and teaching along the West Coast, Danielle returned home to Iowa to be near family and share Aya with the Cedar Valley. She’s inspired, passionate, and ready to move you.

Aya Class Schedule


Wednesdays 12-1 PM


There are 3 Wednesday classes available in December: 12/13, 12/20, and 12/27. • Please register by 12/1.
Saturdays 10-11 AM


There are 4 Saturday classes available in December: 12/9, 12/16, 12/23, and 12/30. • Please register by 12/1.
New to Aya? Your 1st Class


Welcome! I'm so excited you want to join us for an Aya class! Yay! Your 1st Aya class is only $5, but please register by the 1st of the month! Thank you!
Special Winter Solstice Class


12/21, 7-8:30 PM, A special 90-minute experience combining Aya dancing, yoga, and meditation, guided by Danielle, Laura, and Mary.


Wednesdays 12-1 PM


there are 5 wednesday classes available in january: 1/3, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31 • please register by 1/1.
Saturdays 10-11 AM


there are 4 saturday classes available in january: 1/6, 1/13, 1/20, 1/27
New Year's Day Aya!


special event! Monday, 1/1, 11:00AM, please register by 12/31.
Embodying the Elements Workshop


a somatic Aya exploration of the elements: earth, water, fire, air, and ether. Enhance your health, fitness, creative self-expression, and energetic balance. Expand your awareness. Dance yourself free. Sunday, 1/21, 1-4PM. Register by 1/18.

Upcoming Workshop:

Embodying the Elements

The elements: earth, water, fire, air, and ether are a key map we use in Aya to experience connection and boundlessness through our bodies. They are teachers for self-discovery, tools for enhancing fitness, muses for unleashing self-expression, and medicine for finding energetic balance. Through movement, we’ll explore embodying the sensations of each element in order to enhance our self-awareness, agency, health, fitness, creativity, and energetic balance both on and beyond the dance floor.

Sunday, January 21st, 1:00-4:00 PM, $35

Please register by 1/18. Space is limited. ❤ 

How to Register for Aya

Registration is now open for December and January Aya! Yay!

1st Aya Class?

Is this your 1st Aya class? Use the promo code: NEWBEGINNING when you check out to receive $5 off your Aya class purchase.

Register by 1st

Registration is needed by the 1st of the month (i.e., Dec 1st for December classes). Space is limited. Register early using option 1 or 2 to reserve your spot. xo

Option 1

If you would prefer to pay in person, simply text, email, or message me by the 1st of the month to let me know which specific dates you would like to register for.

Let's Connect

I’d love to hear from you.

call me or text me: 319.360.5965   •   danielle@anandawaterloo.com   •   facebook

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What we mean by “dance” in Aya. Trust me, you can do this.

What is AYA?

Danielle talks about what the Aya practice is all about: joy, bliss, and freedom.

AYA at Ananda

A quick glimpse of some filming we did for the Aya Online Studio this summer at Ananda!