“Your yoga classes changed my life. I don’t know why but I felt so touched in your class. For many years, I have blocked myself from receiving the gifts this world has to offer because I was so full of fear of people and this world. I couldn’t control it even if I wanted to, but yoga changed me. Yoga tells me to be gentle with and not criticize myself. Yoga helps me to hear my internal voice and love and accept myself to a degree that my conscious mind could not do. Sometimes I feel that while I do not understand my fear, I somehow understand it without reasoning.
One day in yoga class, you asked how many of us felt we are not worthy to be loved. I was surprised you asked such a personal question so directly, and also surprised that many people raised their hands, just like me. I felt tears flow down my cheeks. For so many years, I haven’t loved myself and perhaps unconsciously thought I was not worthy to be loved. You said we do not need to search for love, but search for what’s blocking us from love and being loved. Yoga practice helps me to slowly learn to love and be loved.”
“Thank you for the most incredible yoga class last night. I wanted so much to stay and express my gratitude in person, but I couldn’t talk without bursting into tears (so dramatic). But thank you…as always, it was exactly what I needed. It is deeply inspiring to be your student and to witness you living life with such loving purpose. Thank you for always sharing so much goodness with your students. We benefit in ways you cannot imagine. Also, thank you for being who you are in the lesbian community….it is really strengthened by people like you who can walk a path of such love and light. There is a consistency in your teaching and your daily living, that I admire immensely. So, thank you for being you.”
“First and foremost, I want to extend a hearty thank you for your teachings. Physical movement after Sunday Restorative could best be described as gentle bouncing along the face of the earth with a silly grin plastered on my face. What a feeling!
And despite missing your guidance, your departure was a lesson itself. Thank you for reminding us that we practice in the studio to help us live a balanced and full life in the outside world. That prioritizing and strengthening our relationships includes compromise. And that compromise sometimes entails change, allowing for opportunities to help us grow. You are a treasure to those who get to learn from you.
Head bowed in gratitude.”
“I want to thank you for this morning’s class. It unleashed for me lots and lots of quiet joy and gratitude. I think it’s always a surprise — you think you’ll lose something valuable if you let go of blame, but what you lose is smallness. What you gain is freedom and expansiveness.Thank you!”
“I cannot describe in words how your presence in my life has been like a gift. Your yoga classes are more like teachings in world wisdom. Thank you so much for everything, especially our last nutrition consultation!”
“Dear Garden Goddess, Thank you for this morning’s Heavenly Blue session. You let us see that yoga can be like a morning glory and climb from the body into the heart-soul. Because my joints as so stiff and my essential tremor so annoying, I’ve thought about giving up yoga because so many asanas are so hard to embody. Your session this morning convinced me otherwise. Whatever I can do is enough, and as the morning moved on, I slowly become less stiff – thanks to your gentle guidance.”
“As I talk to your yoga students after class, they all agree you are the best yoga teacher anywhere. Mostly I think it is about your opening statements. What you say goes right to the heart and we carry those words for the rest of our week. Your students will often say……”What Diana says is just so energizing. It makes you feel like a new person. I just hate to miss a class.” You are indeed a very special person. I am so glad that you are in my life.”
“Your messages of ‘Open to Grace’ and ‘Let go of old hurts’ are bearing precious fruit in my life – a renewed willingness to communicate fearlessly (less fear… not NO fear!) with my truer and more complete self and to ‘be out there’ in a shoulder stand or a conversation.”
“Diana makes me believe I can do things I have never had the courage to do before. I leave class feeling like I had a workout and a full body massage.”
“Diana has excellent knowledge of yoga — she’s very enthusiastic and approachable, and extremely encouraging. She gives strong instruction and sets the mood of the class well. Classes are challenging but Diana offers modification to poses if needed. Definitely spiritual…”
“Your stories and the comments from others (Yoga for Mindful Eating series) are so helpful in allowing me to see a variety of perspectives. It is like beautiful prisms of light. We are all providing different colors of light that create a kaleidoscope of clarity.”
“Amen! I just want to get rid of all the junk I’ve collected in my metaphorical closet to make space for what I really want to have in there, including empty space! (Comment related to cigarettes, alcohol and not-good-for-me foods received during a pre-cleanse I led.)”