Aya at Ananda

Dance yourself free.

About Aya

A joyful, high-energy, mindful dance practice, Aya is where the worlds of meditation, feel-good movement, and self-discovery collide. Weaving simple patterns with free-form bliss, every class is a somatic exploration into embodiment, discovery, and authentic self-expression. This class is not about training you; it’s about unleashing you. Through awareness, choice, presence, connection, and creativity, Aya is a practice for coming home to your body for the truth, bliss, and freedom you crave.

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


4 classes to choose from: 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28 • please register by 3/1.
Saturdays 10-11 AM


5 classes to choose from: 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31 • please register by 3/1.
1st Aya Class


Welcome. I'm so glad you have found Aya. Use the promo code: NEWBEGINNING when you check out to save $5!

How to Register

Simply select any number of individual Aya classes you’d like to attend in the upcoming month, and register for them by the 1st of the month. You are welcome to register online using the purple button below, or simply message me (by the 1st) with the dates you plan to attend! Thanks so much! xo D

Questions? Let’s connect! 319.360.5965 • danielle@anandawaterloo.com


Connect without having to say a word. Be seen. Be accepted. Be known.


Authentic self-expression is powerful medicine. Dance and discover who you are.


Aya is about coming home to your body for the truth and bliss you are seeking. Here, you are your guru.

So you think you “can’t dance?”

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.

Dance yourself free…

A quick glimpse from some of the early years of Aya.

My heart leaves lighter and more joyful every. single. time. -R.L.

I feel your letting go, your openness, your organic self as well as your absence of dogma and rules, and it’s so appreciated. I don’t even know how to begin to express my gratitude to meet you at this level. -M.P.

What you’re doing is amazing, lovely lady. I’m sweating buckets and I’m loving it. What a feeling of freedom, like being a kid again.Thank you. -K.R.

Danielle and Aya move me to places of awareness and joy I never knew I could FEEL! Just me, in my body, dancing my authentic spirit, connecting with music, without boundaries or inhibitions. Only pure joy and amazement and gratitude for my body! -E.S.

Danielle is magical, sincere, inspiring, and masterful. -Marika

I’m not exaggerating when I say Aya is one of the best discoveries of my life. It is a fun, wonderful journey of body and spirit. I love feeling free while also learning to be aware of my body’s voice. It’s a perfect balance of guidance and self-expression. Of inner peace and super energy. And it lasts and brings joy to my whole week! -J.A.

Dancing with Danielle is a gift not only to my body, but my heart and soul have also drank fiercely from this joyous freedom. She’s truly a master teacher. So much gratitude… -D.W.

Sometimes I get completely blissed out – a place of deep feeling between joy and crying that I never get to any other time. Aya is my feeling practice. It’s literally where I have no choice but to feel. Where I can’t avoid what I’m feeling, and I can be connected to something that’s been waiting for me to find it under all the thinking. Aya is what all doctors should order. -M.M.M.

That. was. delicious. -A.W.

Aya is joy and freedom manifested into a physical experience. It’s a space to dance, celebrate, and let free all aspects of “me.” It allows me to truly reconnect to my body in ways I hadn’t experienced since I was a kid. Complete appreciation, joy, curiosity, and most importantly love. Aya has completely transformed how I interact with my body. It is a practice I will carry with me for life! -C.S.

I found Aya when I met Danielle a few years ago and I’m so so grateful I did! Aya helps me tap into that inner kid and dance like no one is watching, or more like everyone is watching and I don’t give a fuck. -L.C.

Aya is beyond good for the soul. Feeling so much joy. -S.G.

Let's Connect

I’d love to hear from you.

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

Your privacy is sacred…

Will I be filmed/photographed? 

Cameras aren’t allowed in any of our regularly scheduled Wednesday/Saturday Aya classes. Rather, any Aya photographs/videos you see are from special additional “filming days.” These are typically held a few times per year on Sunday afternoons, and participation is completely voluntary. You are safe here. Come on over and dance with us.

Dance Aya anytime, anywhere.

Join the Aya Online Studio for only $10/mo. and enjoy unlimited access to an ever-expanding collection of…

Aya Dancing

15+ Open-ended Aya Dance Journeys + Focused Dance Meditations (30-60 min./each)

Dance Breaks

43+ single-song dances for when you only have a few min. or are craving something particular.

Tips + Explorations

46+ awareness expanding tips and explorations to support and inspire your Aya practice.

Live Streaming

(NEW!) Join Danielle for Live Streaming Aya dances in real time (1-2 every month)!