Dali (Dale-Sandwith)

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Born in Australia on Victoria’s coastline , Dali is a passionate surfer/snowboarder and has an extensive history in the surf industry having worked exclusively for Rip Curl for 10 years.
Dali’s discovery of yoga started in 1997 where he attended the Ryoho Yoga School for the rehabilitation of a knee reconstruction. A yearning for a deeper understanding of the yogic path lead Dali to the teachings of Sw. Jivan Prahlad at the Yoga Arts Academy Melbourne, where he later began his teaching apprenticeship.

After a one year period of dedication to daily practice under Sw. Jivan Prahlad, Dali was accepted into the three year 9000 hour teaching apprenticeship. During this time Dali was involved in teaching courses, workshops and weekly classes at the academy. The apprenticeship also involved three years working closely with Sw. Jivan Prahlad teaching individualized tuition sessions each morning and evening at the Yoga Arts Academy. This extensive experiential training has given Dali a strong foundation in the practical application of yoga and how this assists the physical, psychological and emotional needs of the individual. Dali also studied the ancient yogic texts and aspects of yogic anatomy with Sw. Jivan Prahlad. Dali`s intensive training was focused on teaching from experience with emphasis on daily morning and afternoon yoga practice covering in detail the technical aspects of asana, pranayama and meditation.

After completing his teacher training Dali travelled to China to share the art of Sakshin Ghatashta Yoga and study at the Beijing International Art School, where he majored in Northern Chinese Wushu, Hand balancing and FeiCha (Chinese Stick Juggling) .
Dali returned to Australia establishing Yoga Shala Cairns a sanctuary for Yoga and Meditation in the tropical rainforest and focused his teachings on the individual needs of his students through personalized yoga tuition. Dali is also a Shiatsu and Oriental Medicine Therapist graduating with a diploma from the Australian Shiatsu College.

The awareness in Dali’s teachings guides students through to the advance practice by employing the required techniques of purification of the physical body, to deepen the students level of experience and self realization.


Physically, my body was changing. I felt physically and mentally stable, and I felt my feet firmly on the ground. I was able to concentrate and pay attention to the details of my body and my mind.


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