Diana Paschal is a yoga teacher, health coach and wellness advocate based in NYC. She offers an alignment-based, balanced yoga practice to develop self-awareness and self-mastery to enhance 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. She has completed 500+ hours of yoga training and mentorships plus studies within psychology and coaching.
Diana has over two decades experience studying and teaching movement modalities in gymnastics, theater, dance and yoga, using movement for healing, self-expression and connection. After moving to NYC, she discovered how yoga brought more peace to her life. Diana leads private sessions, classes and global retreats and also supports environmental & social impact initiatives.
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 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, meditation, holistic health practices 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.