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Diane C. Patient Expert

Setauket, New York
I used to avoid gymnastics in gym class and now I stand on my head every day! I'm a passionate student of yoga and yoga therapist who loves all things yoga and does my best to live the lessons learned on my yoga mat out into the world. I'm a certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, Therapeutic... Full Bio
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Do as I Say, Not as I Do by Diane C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Yoga In one of those "isn't it ironic?" moments, I heard a story as a kid from my neighbor who had to see a specialist for a health issue. The doctor sat at his desk across f ... Read on »
Igniting the Fire by Diane C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Yoga Accountability. Procrastination. Lazy. Just saying those words makes me cringe a little. I was a big abuser of the L word -- lazy. If I didn't finish something on a ... Read on »
Who's Your Teacher? by Diane C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Yoga Confession: I'm not easily impressed. I suppose it goes back to my school days when I didn't care one bit about cliques or popularity or social status. In college I veer ... Read on »
Why I Won't Be Hugging Amma by Diane C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Yoga In the interest of full disclosure, I need to set a few things straight before I get down to the nitty gritty of this post. I'm a hugger. Perhaps it's the Italian in me, ... Read on »
International Yoga Day: The Day After by Diane C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Yoga Yesterday was not only the Summer Solstice but International Yoga Day. It was also T.K.V. Desikachar's birthday. I chose to celebrate all of those wonderful occasions by ... Read on »
What Makes the Difference by Diane C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Yoga Saturday was just an ordinary day. Yet by the time the day was over, I was feeling full o' joy. No, nothing "special" happened. I simply went out for a chai (yum!), stro ... Read on »
Stuck in Neutral by Diane C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Yoga I recently finished reading Jeff Brown's latest book, An Uncommon Bond , and it reminded me of some important lessons (I'm paraphrasing here, as these aren't Jeff's word ... Read on »
Sinking In by Diane C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Yoga The lightning bolt struck this morning and I realized that lately my practice has been missing something vital. My week (as much as it pains me to admit it, probably muc ... Read on »
Life Happens. Let it. by Diane C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Yoga Life is happening in a big way these days, so it seems. Divorce, death, sickness, breakups -- while none are happening to me directly, they are happening to folks I know ... Read on »
Love and Compassion by Diane C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Yoga Love and compassion -- powerful stuff. Some would say they are the most powerful forces on earth. Yet, how can you offer them to others if you don't have love and compas ... Read on »
Variation on a Meaning by Diane C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Yoga The other day a friend and I were talking about stambha  because...well, doesn't everyone talk Sanskrit and apply philosophical concepts to their lives? What, it's just ... Read on »
Let's Talk Purpose and Yoga Is by Diane C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Yoga I spent a good part of my life looking for...something. Call it more or something deeper or, quite possibly, myself. I was voracious in regards to books, workshops, tool ... Read on »
Spring Cleaning by Diane C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Yoga I slept in today and was running way off schedule. My mind was in its monkey state, a flurry of hurry, hurry, hurry. Regardless, I unfurled my yoga mat as per usual and ... Read on »
Got Boredom? by Diane C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Yoga Just before I sat down to write this post, I was in full-on productivity mode. I was checking things off my to-do list at a fairly rapid pace. If I were using my words, ... Read on »
Choosing Slow by Diane C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Yoga I just stepped away from my desk, the to do list, the inbox, and a number of other nameless distractions vying for my attention to take a slow walk around my backyard. F ... Read on »
Osho Meditation, Unconditional Love, Krishna Das & the Squat by Diane C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Yoga Yes, the saying "time flies when you're having fun" sure has been true for me. I'm still not sure what happened in February, but I do remember having lots of fun. Unfort ... Read on »
Personal Sovereignty in the Yoga World by Diane C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Yoga Once again, Bikram Choudhury is in the news ...and not in a good way (cue up Britney Spears' Oops I Did it Again ). In the interest of full disclosure, I am not a Bikram ... Read on »
Welcome to the Wonderful World of the Pelvis by Diane C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Yoga After getting into yoga I became a geek for all things body-related. I suddenly started using the term psoas regularly. I would sit in crowded places just watching peopl ... Read on »
Ye Olde Procrastination Cure by Diane C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Yoga It's one thing to know something and another to do it. Yesterday I had the lovely experience of feeling like someone had kicked me in the posterior, complete with cartoo ... Read on »
Letting it Break Down by Diane C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Yoga This morning I got on my mat for my regular practice and noticed that I was feeling stiff. As I moved through some postures I could feel the tightness and I noticed that ... Read on »