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Salvatore Daniele
Doctor of Science, Aerospace Engineer
Yoga Life Coach

If you have the interest and enough patience for reading the following long text, you'll probably get a deeper insight on "if and how" I can support you on your journey.

See if anything of my life path resonates with you!

I was born and grew up till the end of my 20-ties in Italy. Now, I am settled in Switzerland for over a decay. My life journey has taken many different paths; even if they might appear diverging from each other, I found they are all interconnected.

I have studied engineering and worked for about ten years in the aerospace and energy industry and academia as scientist and lecturer; nowadays, I only accept small engagements in this field to make time for more movement, meditation and other studies.

While dealing with technical topics, I have always been interested in studying our nature, what surrounds us and the infinite related questions and wonders. Because of that, I privately studied psychology for a few years until I stumbled onto my first readings of a Buddhists text. Since then, I have been very much absorbed in the study of Buddhism and with less focus on Hinduism and Vedic scriptures. I am currently a student and practitioner in the Indo-Tibetan Pointing Out lineage, my personal practice mainly focuses on Dzogchen teachings from the Tibetan Bön tradition.

Among the topics I research on, there is also modern physics and cognitive science for their striking parallels with meditation teachings and realizations. Lately I’ve been often invited for giving lectures on the common grounds of western science and eastern meditation traditions in the Zuricher university environment.

Studying is not all of my life; I have always been focused on physical activities. I’ve been a dedicated climber and a slackline extreme athlete. I practice Yoga asanas, AcroYoga, Contact Improvisation and movement in general. I’m also active at an organizing level, I (co)founded the Zürich's slackline association, where I’ve been president from 2012 till 2018, and I also (co)founded the Swiss National Slackline Federation where I served as board member leading different divisions throughout the years. At the moment, I am appointed in the board of Move-Switzerland, a national federation that promotes movement and I have co-founded the Zurich Acro Association where I hold a position in the board as responsible for safety and ethics.

Another big part of my life is music; I love to play bamboo flutes that I build on my own inspired to Indian bansuris. The music I play is mostly for meditation. Building meditation flutes is itself meditation, playing them is deepening the practice, listening to the silence coming after is magic.

I love to teach and practice all the above mentioned disciplines maintaining a balance between movement and stillness. Trying to merge these two sides of life and let them become one! That’s one of the way I understand Yoga, as Union of stillness and motion.

I used to say: Yoga is a big part of my life. I understood now that my life is actually a small part of Yoga.

Moving in full awareness in any discipline combined with deep immersed meditation establishes the balance between playing and staying. In both activities my ultimate goal is to live here and now, to play here and now, to be here and now.

An informal Curriculum Vitae
  • 1978 First check in with this body in Pompei, Italy

  • ... ...  "...mmm we better do not talk about this: I survived it!"

  • 2004 Graduates in Aerospace Engineering in Nalpes, Italy

  • 2004-2006 Works for the Aerospace and Energy Industry in Rome and Naples

  • 2005 Studies Psychology privately - Reichian Therapy

  • 2006 Moves to Switzerland

  • 2011 Graduates as Doctor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at ETH Zürich

  • 2011-2015 Works as Senior Scientist and Lecturer within the ETH and FHNW domain

  • 2012 Co-founds the slackline association of Zürich. President till 2018

  • 2013 Began to teach slackline and be a sponsored athlete

  • 2013 Co-founds the Swiss Slackline Federation. Responsible for different divisions till 2018

  • 2013 Completes the Reiki certification and starts practicing it

  • 2013 Starts teaching Empowerment Courses

  • 2014 Starts to study and practice Meditation (Mahamudra & Dzogchen, Indo Tibetan Pointing Out Way)​

  • 2014 Starts teaching Hatha and Acro Yoga

  • 2015 Completes the teacher training in Anusara Hatha Yoga.

  • 2015 Becomes father of wonderful Lumi​

  • 2018 Becomes board member of the Move-Switzerland Federation​

  • 2018 Completes the AcroYoga Montreal Teacher Training

  • 2019 Co-founds the Zürich Acro association. Board member heading the ethics segment

  • 2019 Advanced training in Contact Improvisation (modern dance)

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