Nicolina Daya Nam Sandstedt, PT, E-RYT 500, YACEP®

Nicolina (Daya Nam) is trained in Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative, and Kundalini Yoga. Her inspiring presence and teaching style is authentic, refined, and infused with grace. Through a transformative combination of asana, breath, meditation, and chanting she guides you to develop your intuitive mind, leaving you uplifted, inspired, and in awe of your radiance. 

At age 18, Daya Nam left her home in Sweden with a thirst for deeper understanding of herself through yoga and the ancient cultures of the world. She spent the following 6 years traveling, with 3 long stays in India. During this time a lifelong romance with meditation and yoga was born which led her to complete her first Yoga Teacher Training with Yandara Yoga Institute in 2006. The experience was transformational and she shortly returned to study and work at Yandara. 

Through the years, she has continued to deepen her studies of yoga; she studied extensively with Shiva Rea and is a certified Prana Vinyasa® teacher; she has taught regularly at yoga studios and teacher trainings across the world; and is co-founder of “Yoga Treats” studio. In 2012, Daya Nam returned to live at Yandara's home base in Baja, Mexico, where she thrives in the yoga life style and conscious community.

Daya Nam holds a degree in Physical Therapy, the deep understanding of anatomy and physiology is an invaluable support in her profession as a yoga teacher and teacher trainer. 

After diving deep into various styles, Daya Nam found her way to Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®. The inner peace, spiritual experiences and physical healing she has gained through Kundalini Yoga has lead to a passion to share these teachings. Daya Nam has found that Kundalini Yoga not only strengthens the major systems of the body but also efficiently develops intuition and the deep trust in life that is so greatly needed in these times.

Off the mat, you may find Daya Nam admiring nature, walking her dogs on the beach, enjoying the pulse of a city, studying spirituality, and making delicious raw treats for community potlucks. Daya Nam is a a registered YACEP® - Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider.

Daya Nam feels immense gratitude to her teachers: Guru Dass Singh Khalsa (Kundalini Yoga), Sat Purkh Kaur Khalsa (Kundalini Yoga), Sat Siri Kaur (Kundalini Yoga), Shiva Rea (Prana Vinyasa®), Fran Ubertini (Krishnamacharya lineage/Therapeutics), Angela Farmer & Victor Van Kooten (Underground Yoga), Sarah Powers (Yin & Vinyasa), Biff Mithoefer (Yin), Kevin Durkin (Iyengar Yoga), Corrin Adams (Hatha), the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Organization (Hatha), and always in spirit, the Siri Singh Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji for making the sacred technology of Kundalini Yoga available at a time when it is so needed.  


“The ancient teachings of Yoga invite us to be deeply curious about our True Nature, our "Sat Nam". It is a practice of moving through any stagnation or blockage so that awareness can permeate our entire being.”

Student Testimonial

"Nicolina’s soft, nurturing, feminine presence is matched in magnitude by her incredible depth of knowledge of the ancient teachings, scripts and teachings of yoga. Her seemingly endless intelligence is presented with a humble nature true of an authentic student and dedicated practitioner of yoga. Morning practices with Nico were brilliantly sequenced with such care and creativity, and she masterfully guides students to meet themselves beyond any worldly boundaries. I feel incredibly blessed that Nico guided me through my 300-hour training at Yandara. More than the teachings shared, I will never forget the inspiration and love I felt in Nico’s presence. She inspired me to rekindle a home practice rooted in Bhakti and to invite softness into my interactions with myself and others. Nicolina embodies what she teaches, and I am forever grateful and in awe of her dedication and authenticity." - Sarah Kadel, E-RYT, YACEP®, ACSM CPT

"Nicolina has a kind, nurturing presence with a wealth of knowledge and experience to draw from. I was so grateful for her ability to make very complex subjects more approachable during the Advanced Teacher Training. It is clear that she has done the work first as a student making her a compassionate, loving teacher." - Mary Tilson, Yoga+Wellness director of Travel+Leisures #1 Hotel in the World