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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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Harajuliah by Diane C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Yoga Core, Hara, Dantien, 3rd chakra -- these all refer to than center point in your body, your core source, if you will. Many believe this is where one's power lies. There a ... Read on »
Heart & Head by Diane C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Yoga I've been thinking a lot about love lately. What do I love? What do I think I love (what have I convinced myself that I love)? How far will I go for love? What do I do ... Read on »
No Fixing Necessary by Diane C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Yoga There's a lot of talk about living your best life and being your best self and improving yourself. Take a look at the Self-Help section in the bookstore. Whoa -- that's ... Read on »
Fear of Engagement by Diane C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Yoga A few weeks ago, I was telling someone about the time I went on a 10-day silent retreat. The response I got almost made me roll my eyes, because I tend to hear it all th ... Read on »
What's it Worth to You? by Diane C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Yoga As a friend of my recently pointed out, I can be a bit of a wild card in how I spend my money. In some ways, I can be frugal (dare I say downright cheap) and in other wa ... Read on »
Stabilizing Your Pelvis by Diane C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Yoga Lately, I've had a hitch in my giddy up . I've got a hip/lower back/Sacrum/Psoas (and I'll throw in the IT Bands for good measure) thing going on. In the spirit of physi ... Read on »
Faith Lost and Found by Diane C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Yoga I have a confession to make -- I'm not up on the latest Anusara Yoga/John Friend hulaboo. I've heard rumblings about well-known teacher defections and sexual advances an ... Read on »
Postures vs. Practitioner by Diane C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Yoga Today I offer up a little audio bliss -- an excellent panel of speakers addressing the topic of the safety of yoga practice. Click here to listen to this interesting co ... Read on »
Granting Yourself Permission by Diane C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Yoga There is a saying that it is better to ask for forgiveness rather than permission. Oooohhh...that sounds rather rebellious, doesn't it? It's the whole "I'll just forge a ... Read on »
Defining Yoga Therapy by Diane C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Yoga Sanskrit, if you ever have a chance to learn it, is quite an interesting language. Often, one word has many meanings. I suppose this is why the translations of yogic tex ... Read on »
Lock Out by Diane C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Yoga I've been treating myself to a fair amount of bodywork lately (all I can say is ahhhhhhhhh!). Just last week I was getting a myofascial massage during which the massage ... Read on »
Fear and Safety by Diane C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Yoga I've heard yoga teachers say that fear is excitement without the breath (heck, I've said it myself). I guess you could say that I've taken lots of deep breaths over the ... Read on »
Box Cutters, Back Aches, and Baring it All (with a laugh) by Diane C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Yoga I certainly enjoy blogging, but sometimes I get sick of hearing myself talk (or maybe it's more accurate to say that I get sick of reading what I write). Today I'm going ... Read on »
Being a Reactionary by Diane C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Yoga Reactionary: one who responds to a situation, person, or circumstance, oftentimes quickly without forethought. [Please note that this is the blogger's definition and Webst ... Read on »
Injury: Your Wake Up Call by Diane C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Yoga We all know that the words "wreck" and "yoga" have been used together quite a bit lately. It's like watching a tennis match -- someone lobs a ball over the net and the ... Read on »
Bad Raps, Bandhas, & Karma by Diane C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Yoga It seems like everyone is talking about it these days and I've been asked by many people this past week about my opinion on it. By "it," I mean the NY Times article, How ... Read on »
If You Zone Out, You Just Might Miss It by Diane C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Yoga The title of this post applies to life in general, not just yoga class (but since this is a yoga blog, after all, I'll just tackle the yoga piece). There's a lot of tal ... Read on »
Good-bye and Hello by Diane C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Yoga I can't believe it's gone by so quickly, but it's almost time to say good-bye to 2011 and hello to 2012. As usual around this time, I've been reflecting on the year gon ... Read on »
Inside First, Outside Second by Diane C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Yoga I'm currently indulging in the relaxing downtime that I so enjoy during the time between Christmas and New Years . As I slow down, the inevitable happens -- I ... Read on »
Stripped by Diane C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Yoga I'm a little quirky in that I tend to get excited about starting from ground zero. Perhaps it's the freshness, the possibility, of a new start. Regardless, shedding the ... Read on »