As always, when I attend Shawn's class, my body just flows out of the studio when I exit. Thank you for gentleness of the poses while still opening up places that need to be opened like my hips, lower back but mostly my heart!!
Diane has been practicing and studying yoga since 2009. Her practice actually began as physical therapy after experiencing hip replacement surgery and developed into a daily yoga practice. She became a member at River Rock Yoga in 2010 and went to classes on a regular basis, learning the basics of asana and touching on yoga philosophy. As a result of the hip surgery, she was introduced to modifications for asana practice by the teachers at River Rock and developed her own as she became more conscious of her abilities.
Diane also became a registered nurse in 2009 and worked at Ocean Springs Hospital. She went travel nursing in 2015 while she completed her Bachelor of Science in nursing on line and kept her daily yoga practice going. Or, as she would say, “the yoga kept me going”. Upon returning to Ocean Springs Hospital in 2017, she decided to take a teacher training course to deepen her practice. She enrolled in Yoga School of Covington, La. and became the student of Becky Gelat and studied in the viniyoga linage of Gary Kraftsow, T.K.S. Desikachar and his father, T. Krishnamcharya, with emphasis on yoga philosophy and yoga as therapy. She completed the teacher training in 2020 and is a 200 hr. RYT through Yoga Alliance.
In March of 2021, Diane certified as a leader in Y12SR, which is the Yoga of 12-Step Recovery. She has been teaching a bi-monthly class since that time. The concept behind this practice is to combine yogic principles and asana with the 12 step recovery program and teaches how to overcome the mindset of addiction, as well as co-dependency. Through the practice of the 8 limbs of yoga and Y12SR Diana is recovering from emotional trauma experienced in her young adulthood.
Diane's intention for teaching is to share the yoga that has enabled her own recovery in many arena's. Following the hip surgery, she ended up with a knee replacement in 2019 and has regained full mobility of the knee, which she attributes to her yoga practice. The daily practice of asana has improved strength and flexibility to a body that was essentially broken.
Committed to being a life long learner, Diane is currently enrolled in the 2022 River Rock 200 Teacher Training program and is studying under Moira Anderson and Laura Tyree. She plans to continue her yoga education and strives to keep “the beginner's mind”.