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Welcome Dianne Lancaster!

By January 30, 2023No Comments

Dianne has been a long-time student at HYA and we are excited to announce she will be joining our team! Beginning in March, Dianne we lead a Yoga Nidra class every Thursday from 7-8pm. This new pop-up class is the perfect balance to your Hot Power Flow or Hot 26 classes, offering you deep rest so you can heal and renew.

To introduce the class, Dianne will lead a 2-hour Yoga Nidra Workshop on March 4, 2023! 

Read more about Dianne:

Dianne raised her 3 children in her hometown of Peekskill, NY, beautifully situated on the banks of the Hudson River. Her nursing career then took her to San Diego CA, back to NYC, and finally to Asheville in 2008, where she retired from nursing in 2021. She has practiced various holistic healing modalities throughout her 35-year nursing career and remains active in the Blue Ridge Chapter of Holistic Nurses. When asked what she would do in retirement, her answer was, “yoga, more yoga, did I mention yoga?”

Her first yoga experience was in 1988 at a retreat at the Kripalu Ashram in Massachusetts,
where she met Amrit Desai. Back then, yoga was not readily available. She practiced from books or VCR tapes. She was introduced to meditation in 1995 when she met, Gurumayi
Chidvilasananda, of the Shree Muktananda Ashram in upstate New York.

Dianne’s love affair with Hot 26 began in 2011 when she discovered HYA. She recalls the
tears in her first class while lying on her belly during the floor series. She had the same feeling of exhilaration she had when she completed the Honolulu Marathon in 1999. HYA became her yoga home. In addition to seeing her in the Hot 26 classes, she has recently dipped her toes in the Hot Power Flow classes.

After years of practicing yoga, Dianne completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at
Asheville Yoga Center in 2017. She recently studied with the daughter of Amrit Desai, Kamini
Desai, and became a Certified I AM Yoga Nidra (YN) Facilitator in October 2022. Learning is a lifelong journey; she continues with advanced studies from the ARMRIT institute and at AYC.

In addition to yoga, Dianne is also a Black Belt Nia Teacher. Nia is holistic movement practice
that blends elements of the healing arts, dance arts and martial arts. She just can’t help but to
sprinkle some nia movements in her yoga classes. Gentle, deliberate, purposeful movement,
helps to relax and open the body and heightens awareness in preparation for meditation and
the gentler forms of yoga.

Dianne’s passion is to share Yoga Nidra, and Yin/restorative yoga. Using the tools she learned through her trainings, she gently guides her students to feel comfortable in their bodies. The intent of her class is for people to tap into their innate wisdom to find balance, clarity, and joy for self-healing and expansion.