I am Diana, architect, urban researcher and yogini living in Zürich and learning around the globe. After many years living in Singapore and traveling around Asia, yoga became more than a practice on the mat, a lifestyle. At first, my assumptions about yoga kept me away: too mystic, too closed, too dogmatic. One day in Singapore, I walked into a class that instantly resonated with me. As my breath finally slowed down I noticed how my postures became steadier, longer, firmer. For the first time, I understood how breathing was some kind of super-power, the ultimate connecting bridge between mind and matter. And that bridge is the yoga, the yoking, the union. What seemed at first as a breakthrough quickly became inspiration, leading me to dig deeper into this world of light and darkness which is yoga.
I have been greatly influenced by Rinat Perlman and Patrick Creelman, founder of Pure Yoga, with whom I have studied intensively in Hong Kong, on foundational and also several advanced trainings. Their precision and intelligent methodology has not only fascinated my curious mind but also greatly influenced my practice. Their teachings and their implementation in my practice have led me to a search of asana intelligence through accurate actions and technique rather than just "flow". Again, I find myself where I began with, investigating the strengthening of that invisible yet real bind between mind and matter, intention and muscle, and inversely exploring how a postural practice can bring transformative change at psychological and emotional levels. We do what we believe we can do.
When I taught my first class: the first 5 students who showed up seemed to walk out exhausted yet happy. And they came back, again and again. As I continued to teach, I began to realise that I had not only something genuine to share, but also I had found a powerful means to become accountable for my own practice. Every day is a chance for practice and every failure, is one for progress.
I am grateful to Patrick Creelman and Rinat Perlman for their guidance. To Rashita for taking me into the world of intelligent breath. To my students, for their teachings. To my friend Lenne.