Diane retired from the Monroe County YMCA as Prime Time Wellness/Yoga Director in January 2012. In that capacity she designed and developed the Yoga Program as well as the Pilates, Arthritis Aquatics, and Active Older Adult programs; she trained teachers and provided educational opportunities for the staff. As a member of the National YMCA Active Older Adult faculty, she trained the trainers in programs specific to older adults. She also represented the National Arthritis Foundation in Indiana as an Arthritis Aquatics teacher trainer. At the YMCA besides yoga, she also taught Pilates, land and water aerobics, and arthritis aquatics. Post retirement, she continues to teach yoga at the YMCA.
Diane began exploring yoga as a personal practice while a student at Oberlin College in the sixties. Since then she has enjoyed opportunities to study with many well-known international and national teachers, including Judith Lasater, with whom she has studied for the past thirty years. Some of the teacher trainings with Judith included "Applied Therapeutics and Restorative Yoga (for which Diane received certification)," "Experiential Anatomy, Moving from the Inner Body: Practicing and Teaching from the Organs," "Yoga Therapeutics: Working with the Body's Structure," and "Yoga Therapeutics."
Teachers with whom she has studied include Rodney Yee, Donna Fahri, Erich Schiffmann, Mary Dunn, Janet MacLeod, Leslie Kaminoff, Lilias Folan, Jean Couch, Kali Ray, Todd Norian, Cyndi Lee, Angela Farmer, Victor van Kooten, Desiree, John Schumacher, Ramanand Patel, and Thomas Myers, among others.
Diane celebrates the yoga insights and the successes of all her students. She has been teaching yoga and training teachers for over 30 years. For Diane, yoga continues to be a journey of discovery, as well as a path to well-being and inner peace, which she hopes to express to those around her--together touching the earth and its creatures, great and small, gently and lovingly.