Daniel Uy

Daniel Uy

Daniel Uy is a Toronto-based Yoga Teacher. He teaches several different styles of yoga throughout the city and more information about his work can be found on www.danieluy.com. He is also a full-time anthropology student.  He has been HIV+ since 1997 at the ripe old age of 21yrs old. He has a light-hearted approach to life. 

He shares stories and information on health, wellness, spirituality and humanity.

Welcome back

published: November, 30, 2017 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Alternative Therapies, Social Media, Yoga, Gay Men, Health, Spirituality, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Daniel Uy

The PositiveLite.com team is happy to welcome Daniel Uy back as a regular contributor. Here, Daniel shares what he's been up to since 2015.

Welcome back

After two years, I have decided to come back to writing. So, the biggest question I have been asked by my editor is, “What have you been up to?” Wow. When I look over that, it is pretty amazing to share. At the time, I was finishing up a Certificate Program in Project Management at Ryerson University and in an open relationship with someone. Life was full and busy. In the spring of 2016, I was at a crossroad. I had broken up with someone, had also completed some goals of mine, and was sor

No pictures

published: December, 17, 2015 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Yoga, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Daniel Uy

Daniel Uy says “It is so easy to block ourselves from experiencing life. Every time we lift our camera phone we place something between us and the one we are with. We disconnect from the moment. Put it away.”

No pictures

Sometimes I do not write a lot of updates or comments or posts on Facebook, my work Facebook page, my twitter feed, or to my editor here. Through the past few years of teaching, after spending all day communicating, when I am home, I have nothing to say.  That is not to say that I do not speak! You can ask my closest friends that I can talk freely, and then some.  But there are many times where things that are relevant or that I share, I endeavour to do it in a context where it can be recei

Clean up the mess of your life

published: September, 14, 2015 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Yoga, Gay Men, Fitness and Exercise, Spirituality, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Daniel Uy

With self-care slipping, Daniel Uy gets some advice from an unusual source: “Slow down. Make more space.”

Clean up the mess of your life

Laying on the table with needles poking out of me, my acupuncturist turns and goes, “Do you want an answer or do you want a Daniel answer?”  When summer was approaching I was planning to take off my longest stretch off from work, also called vacation time, all at once. I was excited and a bit nervous. Apparently month-long yoga intensive trainings and being ill in bed do not count as vacation times off. Part of me was a bit concerned about income but mostly confident I would have enou

My feet hurt

published: July, 13, 2015 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Aging, Gay Men, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Daniel Uy

Daniel Uy on how peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage in the feet and hands causing tingling pain, a common complaint amongst people living with HIV on meds from way back) is affecting his daily life

My feet hurt

I wake up in the morning and they ache.  They haven’t even had to work yet. I place my feet on the ground and as I rise, I need to catch myself as the shock of needles shooting into my feet and up my nervous system was more than what I was prepared for.  I sort of half shuffle to the washroom feeling older than I need to and have to sit down again.  My HIV neuropathy is acting up once more.  Now HIV for many has come a long way. It may be the death sentence it was, but for some of us

My virus has a first name

published: May, 21, 2015 Written by // Daniel Uy, Brian Finch - Founder Categories // General Health, Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Brian Finch, Daniel Uy

Brian Finch and Daniel Uy trade stories about being sick - and naming their viruses like hurricanes

My virus has a first name

Daniel, left, says "“I’m covered with Vick’s, drinking tea (aka hot grass-clippings juice) with decongestants and sunglasses to block the light from me getting dizzy. Yay Veronica!”   Daniel: So school is finally done and I was looking forward to having more free time to just relax and unwind and have less of a schedule right up until the weekend that Veronica came to town.  I was not expecting her. She just sort of barged into my life and sucker punched me in the face. The initi

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published: March, 26, 2015 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Yoga, Gay Men, Fitness and Exercise, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Daniel Uy

Daniel Uy looks back on 19 years of living with HIV and his recent full slate of activity

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It’s 9 pm on another Saturday evening. As pusual, I’m emptying my backpack with an assortment of cut-off shirts, shorts, my runners, and shaker cups and water bottle.  My bathtub is merely a clothing rack of the previous week’s work wear all in states of “drying” or piled in one corner of the tub.  Since I am at multiple gyms every day, this particular shower only gets used the one day, Sunday, after I shift all of these clothes to the laundry hamper.  It’s also the one day wh

New year, new me?

published: January, 08, 2015 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Fitness and Exercise, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Daniel Uy

Daniel Uy asks "to lose weight or not to lose weight at this time of year if you live in a cold climate?” And if you decide to change, how can you initiate change that has the best chance of success?

New year, new me?

And once again it begins. Many slightly well-intentioned begin assessing life and making shifts and changes for the next calendar year. And by now, many have already quit or “failed”. In my industry, we see it all the time.  New people flooding in with dozens of questions, interruping the class to ask things and then, at the end, tell me how it was the most amazing experience they have ever had and will be there every week from now on, and then I never see them again. And it’s OK. 

HIV/AIDS landscape at a glance

published: December, 02, 2014 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Daniel Uy

Daniel Uy says explaining things over and over again from my idea or opinions doesn’t work. So here are some facts about HIV/AIDS. Some in the community know many of these, some may surprise you. . .

HIV/AIDS landscape at a glance

Facts  ·  HIV+ people when on treatment have essentially the same life expectancy as HIV- people. ·  When an HIV+ person is on medication, and it's working really well, the virus in their body is destroyed enough that there is nomeasurable trace of it in their bloodstream; this is called being undetectable. · When one person who is HIV+ and is undetectable, and an HIV- person engage in on-going unprotected sex with each other, regardless of genders (straight, gay, lesbian and every

Add a little [+] into your life

published: September, 24, 2014 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Daniel Uy

Daniel Uy says “If you want to have a more problem-free dating life, add the [+] to your name. It’s really that simple.”

Add a little [+] into your life

I'm going onto my 18th year of being HIV-positive now and I have to say there are some lessons along the way that I have learned the hard way. For years I tried to conceal my status from would-be suitors. My rationale at many times was, if I get to know them first and then tell them after then maybe they will still like me. This sort of idea and thinking would get me into all kinds of situations; mostly frustration and much despondency. I tried hiding it and it sort of drove me deeper into

What is the spiritual significance of your black socks?

published: July, 14, 2014 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Yoga, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Daniel Uy

Daniuel Uy is learning to field questions about his personal life from people who may not previously have understood him

What is the spiritual significance of your black socks?

This past spring I had an opportunity to be a part of a yoga retreat weekend. I had initially decided not to do a spring yoga retreat this year with the amount of things I had going on with going back to school and other family/life events.  I had actually turned to one of my students one day and said “I would do a retreat if I didn’t have to organize it or lead it but if I happen to be someplace doing some yoga then by all means you can join me” and POOF! The Universe made it happen.

Do less, be more

published: June, 11, 2014 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Daniel Uy

Daniel Uy says cut down your hours and you’ll feel happier and better about yourself

Do less, be more

This came up in a class yesterday and I think it needs repeating today. If you want to have a happier life, never do as much as you can.  It's funny because when I said it in the conversation, everyone laughed as if the idea is funny. It’s almost like someone who works 70 hourrs a week and doesn’t take lunch breaks is suddenly a better person than someone who works 60 hours. And then there’s the fellow who rushes in saying “yes, well I worked 80 hours last week and my mother had a

Someone else in my bed

published: June, 04, 2014 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Daniel Uy

He's ready. Daniel Uy on letting go and making space for another man in his life.

Someone else in my bed

I am sitting here in a darkened room trying to not let the keyboard make too much noise. It’s early on a Sunday spring morning and although I would love to open the curtains and put on my short shorts and start my morning Mysore practice I am at a pause.  What’s the reason for this? Well it’s quite simple. There is someone else in my bed.   I made it a point and have even gone out of my way at many times to try not to speak about dating, love and relationships – mostly because

Metta: An Article of love, tolerance and acceptance of the flawed human we all are

published: April, 02, 2014 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Opinion Pieces, Daniel Uy

The recent death of Fred Phelps prompts Daniel Uy to reflect on how we bestow love and tolerance and whether we should bestow it just on the ones we agree with

Metta:  An Article of love, tolerance and acceptance of the flawed human we all are

There is no joy in the death of another human life, even if that life wanted to see an end to my own. Recently in the news there has been much talk about the death of Fred Phelps senior.  In many ways, he was one of the most openly hateful people against gays and gay rights in North America.  And upon his death Twitter, Facebook, all the social medias became alive with the buzz of glad tidings and hateful speech.  There is a part of me that just did not feel right about this.  And so on

Doing it again

published: March, 03, 2014 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Daniel Uy

Daniel Uy answers the question “how come you haven’t written anything in a bit?” He’s gone back to school, that’s why.

Doing it again

So it is a cold February evening and I am sitting at this tiny desk in a lecture hall surrounded by various assortments of professionals, each on laptops and iPads, jotting down notes, and going over the PowerPoint presentation that is being displayed on the overhead in front of us.  It’s already 1.5hrs in and it is slowly dawning on me after six weeks that this is going to be a new venture into scholastics I really never saw coming. My professor just said that “Analogous is a top down a

Making the impossible possible: yoga and HIV

published: December, 27, 2013 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Yoga, Fitness and Exercise, Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Daniel Uy

Our Toronto contributor Daniel Uy was interviewed for this US article on the benefits of practicing yoga for people living with HIV

Making the impossible possible: yoga and HIV

This article by Karin McKie first appeared in The Edge, San Francisco here.  The founder of clothing manufacturer Lululemon, Chip Wilson, recently got into hot water when, in response to a recall of his pricey yoga clothespants, he was quoted as saying, "Frankly, some women’s bodies just don’t actually work," citing "the rubbing through the thighs, how much pressure is there over a period of time, how much they use it." In actuality, the practice of yoga has become popular because so ma

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