Diana Paschal is a yoga and meditation teacher, coach and wellness advocate based in NYC. She offers a balanced yoga practice to develop self-awareness and self-mastery enhancing peace, well-being, connection and freedom. Her classes are accessible for all levels and emphasize intelligent sequencing, anatomical alignment and awareness of the breath. She teaches a blend of Vinyasa, Iyengar and Katonah styles, informed her home practice and her trainings. She has completed 500+ hours of yoga training, mentorships and additional studies within psychology, coaching, and decades studying and teaching other movement modalities. Diana is passionate about bringing yoga to diverse populations and partners with non-profits and social impact initiatives to further this goal. She is a dedicated yoga practitioner, health advocate, environmentalist and coach. Diana loves handstands, healthy food and the mountains.
A born lover of movement, animals, green spaces, and all art forms, I grew up in a small, southern town, in the countryside of west Tennessee and spent my younger years riding my bike, swimming, dancing and climbing trees. My parents had me as teenagers, and as they struggled finding stability and peace in their lives. They went through divorce and re-marriage, where I was shuffled from various homes, where step-parents and step-siblings came in and out of my life. I spent time in a shelter, I witnessed Illness, poverty, addiction and struggle. I learned how to deal with turbulence in life, and how to be adaptable. I learned that everything shifts, and today is truly a gift.
In high-school, I found fulfillment and community through athletics, Church youth-group, music and mentoring other kids. I loved cheerleading, gymnastics and dance and used movement for healing, expression and connection. I got out my angst with Nirvana, Alanis Morisette and Weezer. I became a competitive Cheerleader throughout high school and college, while coaching kids in gymnastics and swimming. After graduation, I flew to the concrete jungle of New York City to pursue "a better life," but it wasn’t as easy as I’d anticipated. While pursuing a career as an actress, I spent too many nights partying with anybody and everybody, washing down pizza with Tequila. I wasn’t in touch with myself. I hide from my pain rather than confront it. I felt restless, scared and alone. After a few meltdowns, I started to dive into self-inquiry and healing using the practices of yoga, zen meditation, holistic health and conscious relationships.
Through my practices, I've cultivated the ability to be present with myself and notice how I am treating myself and others. Continuing to foster awareness, I discovered the connection to every single aspect of my life and how it affects my wellbeing. I became more attune to my energetic body in different situations. I began to shift my patterns, inner dialogue, relationships, diet and lifestyle habits. I began to practice self love and acceptance. While this is always a struggle, I try to be kind to myself and make decisions with integrity. Today, I am stronger. I honor my needs and make yoga, meditation, self-care and healthy relationships a priority. I let go of the unnecessary crap in my life -- i.e. all the things that don't enhance my energy and wellbeing including crappy relationships, addictions, and fixating thought patterns. I ate less crap too, developing an organic whole food, plant-based diet.
Slowly, I began to shift into a new lifestyle… one where I began to thrive.
The asana practice reveals your physical and mental patterns and over-time, removes blockages, creating space for optimal organ function and allowing chi to flow freely. In yoga postures, you develop keen awareness, physical integrity, resilience and a more clear understanding of yourself. In meditation, you become tuned into your inner dialogue, emotions and connection to the world around you.
My practice brings me back to where I am today, at this moment, revealing what's present now. Since my awakening, I've committed to evolving consciousness on the planet, sharing my understanding of yoga, mindfulness, empathy and holistic health practices. We all deserve a life of health and peace, and I hope to support our global community towards abundance, health and harmony on this planet in this lifetime. I am grateful to all: my teachers, my community and each soul who furthers my own understanding and growth each day.
gratitude + love
I see yoga as a way to remove blocks and deepen our connection with ourselves and the world around us.