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my story

A born lover of movement, animals, grassy spaces, and all art forms, I grew up in a small, town, in west Tennessee and spent my youth riding my bike, swimming, dancing and climbing trees. My parents had me as teenagers, and 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 suffered domestic abuse and witnessed addiction and struggle around me. I bottled up my trauma inside until I learned how to process these difficult emotions.

I became independent and protected myself from getting hurt by closing myself off from deeper connections. I felt a close to the natural world and was drawn to the idea of a loving God at a very young age.

My life feels lighter and flows more easily. My body is stronger, my heart is softer and my mind is at ease.

In high-school, I found fulfillment and community through athletics, Church, music and mentoring other kids. I loved cheerleading, gymnastics and dance and used movement to get out of my head. I got out my angst with Nirvana, Alanis Morisette and Weezer. I became a competitive Cheerleader throughout high school and college, while also teaching kids gymnastics and swimming. After graduation, I flew to the concrete jungle of New York City to pursue "a creative life," but it wasn’t as easy as I’d anticipated.

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about Diana

Diana Paschal is a 500RYT yoga & meditation teacher and life coach who guides others to deeper awareness, clarity and wellbeing. She’s work with individuals & groups, leads global retreats, trainings and her signature AwakenAwe workshops. Her classes are accessible and offer clear, nurturing instruction on precise alignment and breath awareness and are informed by her studies in Iyengar, Katonah, Vinyasa and Meditation. Diana utilizes yoga as a vehicle to bring insight and harmony within oneself and deepen our connection to the world. She holds an advanced certificate in yoga therapeutics, from Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman. She is also certified in Katonah Yoga from founder Nevine Michaan, and has studied with other world renowned teachers including Carrie Owerko, Nikki Costello and Schuyler Grant. Diana is passionate to bring yoga and mindfulness to wider populations and partners with non-profits and social impact groups to further this goal. She has taught children yoga at SeriousFun and she’s partnered with Gaiam, Wanderlust, The Assemblage, MindBodyGreen, Columbia Business School, WeWork, Breakout, FreePeople, Medi-Club, HopeLodge, DayBreaker, Alo & Athleta. She is grateful to offer wisdom and teachings which have supported her in healing and peace. 

I see yoga as a way to remove blocks and deepen our connection with ourselves and the world around us.
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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 my own power, and I was blocking out my pain. I felt restless, scared and alone. After a few meltdowns and a career shift, I dove deeply into self-inquiry and began to use yoga, meditation, holistic health, coaching and conscious relationships to heal. I took a sabbatical to Asia, exploring, studying and uncovering more truth within myself.

Using the teachings of yoga, I've cultivated the ability to be more present and compassionate with myself and others. I use yoga to improve patterns in my body and my mind. I see a connection to every single aspect of my life. Through meditation, I became attuned to my inner dialogue, emotions and connection to the world around me, I use my practice to keep me steady to handle turbulence in life. I recognize that everything in this life shifts, and that each day is truly a gift.

slowly, I began to shift into a new lifestyle -- one where I began to thrive.

My practice brings me back to where I am today, at this moment, revealing what's present now. Since becoming a teacher, I've committed to evolving consciousness on the planet, sharing my personal understanding of yoga, mindfulness, somatic healing and holistic health. We all deserve a life of health and peace, and I hope to support communities towards abundance, health and harmony on this planet. I am grateful to all: my teachers, community and each soul who furthers my own understanding and growth each day.

gratitude + love

~ Diana

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