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About Darnell

Darnell is a licensed massage therapist as well as a member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. She received her training and certifications through the Upledger Institute, as well as Dove Star Institute for Holistic Studies 


Trained in both Shamballa and the Usui System of Reiki Healing. She is certified as a Reiki Master/Teacher & Shamballa Master-Healer-Teacher

Shanti Shala is also a registered yoga school for Yoga Teacher Training.

Darnell has completed Hatha yoga training, 200hr program, at Finding Inner Peace (

She is a registered Yoga Teacher and is insured with Hands On Trade Association, Inc.

Attended Kundalini training at Kundalini Research Institute in Espanola NM. This is where she learned the fundamental principles and practices of Kundalini Yoga, as taught by, Yogi Bhajan. She is now a certified instructor of Kundalini Yoga. 

Darnell has also completed the Radiant Child Yoga Program, Level 1 & 2.

Her Pilates teacher training was with Laurette Ryan at Balancepoint Pilates Studios in Pembroke, Ma (

Darnell was drawn to yoga as a way of finding inner peace and stillness, through flowing movement and rhythmic breath. As an instructor, she hopes that students will open their hearts to yoga, so they can benefit from the peace within, mental focus, and physical strength that results from a practice.

“Anytime we link the mind, body & soul and give selflessly on and off the mat, we are practicing yoga. May the peace and love you learn to give to yourself through yoga be the gift you give to others." -Darnell Nester

Darnell finds joy in all areas of her life! She absolutely loves finding new and amazing restaurants, as well as growing, preparing, cooking, and eating incredible vegan delicacies. She is always up for an adventure and loves to travel! She has been known to hop on her motorcycle, and just go wherever the road takes her. Of course her love of nature and photography often leads her away from the beaten path, where she captures breathtaking views and finds inspiration for her poetry, and writing!


Darnell has so much passion for life, she finds love in everything and everyone. She shares her passion and love with all who come to Shanti Shala, and brings amazing light and peace to the world through all of her unique expressions and creations. You can often find her on the grounds of Shanti Shala, expanding and opening up more sanctuaries to welcome anyone and everyone in finding their peace!

Come experience your peace at Shanti Shala!

Shanti means peace & Shala is a school

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