Women Empowering Women Spotlight: Daya Devi-Doolin

Meet Inspiring Mother Who Escaped Domestic Violence and Is Now Helping Others To Heal

We recently sat down with an amazing woman who lives and breathes the meaning of her name.  

Daya, meaning “Compassion,” has dedicated her life to helping others heal and renew.

She knows first-hand the pain of being in a vulnerable situation, as a young mother realizing she needed to do whatever she could to get out of an abusive marriage.   

Drawing from her own experience, she’s made it her life’s work to help others discover their power and regain their strength physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

As part of our series to highlight Empowered Women who are lifting up and empowering other vulnerable women, we’re excited to share Daya Devi’s journey with you today.

Continue reading for Daya’s amazing story.



A Mother’s Journey From Escape to Empowerment

Sitting down for our conversation with Daya Devi-Doolin, you can’t help to feel the calming energy she exudes.  

It’s no surprise to us, being that she is now the Co-Founder and President of The Doolin Healing Sanctuary in Deltona, Florida where she and her husband, Chris, offer a variety of holistic healing methods centered around personal healing and spiritual growth.

Like any story of TRANSFORMATION, Daya’s journey to wellness first began with recognizing that she was in a place she did not want to be.  

Daya was in a marriage where domestic violence was prevalent.  Without having to go into all the details of what she and her son endured, Daya explains that one day she came to a point where she just knew she absolutely needed to get out of that situation.

She had no idea where she was going to go, but knew that she had to leave then and there with her son. 

It just so happened that immediately after making that internal shift and deciding to leave, a friend who had no knowledge of Daya’s situation asked her if she knew of anyone in need of a place to live in exchange for working as a child care provider during the day.

Apparently there was an apartment manager who needed a live-in care provider for her children, and in exchange would provide a place to live.   

Seeming to be a miracle and to Daya’s welcomed surprise she said, “Yes, I do know someone in need, me.”

That was the start of Daya being able to take herself and her son out of a bad situation AND start working on what she needed to do to get better.

Daya says she never planned on being a victim, but when she looked at what she wanted to do with her life, she knew she wanted to not only help herself to heal but help others to heal as well.  

That purpose has led Daya to pouring herself into many methods of healing over the years learning and becoming certified in healing practices such as Reiki and Yoga. 

Her PASSION TO HELP OTHERS has called her to publish multiple solution-based books on variety of topics including Self-Love, Meditation, and Developing a Positive Mindset to manifest personal success.

Daya makes sure to make known that her teachings aren’t unique to her, that they’re in fact based on universal principles that have helped her personally AND countless others.

For the past 2 years Daya has been teaching free yoga meditation classes for Battered Women and Veterans suffering with PTSD.

She provides a safe, inviting space for vulnerable women to participate in the process of healing through the power of meditation and community.

“I know what battered women go through. When they don’t think they’ll have a place to stay or anywhere to go…Or stay in the relationship because their partner says they won’t ever do that again, the ‘I’ll do better’ promise.

I know how hard it is.”  -Daya Devi-Doolin

Helping Others To Heal:  Daya Devi-Doolin

Daya consistently reminds the women that attend her free classes just how POWERFUL and CAPABLE they truly are. 

She shows them through her example that they don’t have to remain a victim. That they, too, can heal and TRANSFORM into thriving, strong, confident women.   

Daya is very active teaching yoga classes throughout the week to students of all ages.  

She loves teaching about mindfulness and meditation to kids, and is also currently working on putting together classes for people in their 60’s and 70’s. 

“No one is too young or too old to start taking care of themselves physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.”

Her message is that it doesn’t matter what we’ve been through, we can all lift ourselves up out of a bad situation and make changes toward living a happier, healthier, more fulfilled life.

We’re happy and grateful to able to share Daya Devi-Doolin’s practice with our readers, since we both share a mission to Lift Up and Empower Vulnerable Women.