Diana began practicing yoga in 1994 with a desire to gain a spiritual practice. The thirst for the spiritual runs in her veins as she comes from a family of yoga practitioners; in 1850 her great grandfather practiced yoga in Eastern Europe. Her father had a very disciplined practice at the age of 15. Her mother also practiced and introduced her to yoga while Diana was still in her teens. Prior to discovering yoga Diana was seeking to find a true spiritual path. At the age of 16 she began intense study and practice of martial arts, became vegetarian and searched for understanding in the field of psychology. Through her martial arts training she also began the study of Eastern philosophy. Diana had an intense desire to have a true teacher, an authentic spiritual practice and to experience the mystical truths of the Universe. Her search led her to the practice of yoga. She delved into yoga with passion and devotion, knowing that she had found her path. Her dedicated yoga practice helped her through her BA Degree in Health Psychology from UCI, which she graduated Cum Laude in June 1999.
After her graduation she followed her heart and made the difficult decision to study yoga and Ayurveda and not pursue a Ph.D. She completed a Yoga Teacher Training program in July of 1999, and after three years of study and practice she received her Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist Certificate from the California College of Ayurveda in 2002. The deep thirst for spiritual growth and guidance was not yet satisfied until she met her Guru Jnana Nanda Bharati. From their first meeting Diana knew Jnana Nanda Bharati was a true Yogi, with many years of dedicated and disciplined study with his Guru and other masters from the Himalayas, and an incredible ability to live in and balance the spiritual realm and this world. Spiritually highly accomplished and revered among the adepts in India, Jnana Nanda Bharati has also mastered the modern world by creating several highly successful companies here in the US. Diana is extremely grateful and blessed to be his student. Under her teacher she was initiated into the ancient, most highly respected and deeply esoteric lineage of Shri Vidya and the ancient Bhramanical Tradition, and has been continuing spiritual studies with her Guru since 2000.
Diana has a dedicated daily practice of yoga, mantra, pranayama and meditation. Her path is to continue her studies, live in accordance to the ancient Vedic ways, put spiritual lessons to practice in life, and thus by example expose her students to the totality of Yoga as a path to self-transformation, happiness and freedom. Under Jnana Nanda Bharati’s extraordinary guidance, she is studying various Vedic sciences such as Yoga, Pranayama, Mantra, Tantra, Jhyotish, Ayurveda, Yantra, Puja and Sanskrit. Her Guru’s unbroken lineage (Parampara) can be traced back to over 5,000 years into ancient India. She is fully dedicated to the life transforming work of Shakti Yoga and Shakti Meditation, which she teaches with her Guru and continues to inspire her students to turn inward, grow and find their spiritual self. Diana is the director and co-founder of Yoga Shakti, conducts Teacher Training Programs, Shakti Meditation Training Programs, retreats, workshops and teaches Shakti Yoga. She trains the Meditation Guides, co-leads Satsang, and assisted her teacher in development of Shakti Meditation.