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Dian Shirley, RYT-500, C-IAYT, is certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapy as a Yoga Therapist and by The Chopra Center for Wellbeing as a Vedic Educator. Her journey to yoga began during a particularly challenging family situation. She was drawn to take a yoga class that completely settled her overcharged nervous system, at least for the hour of the class. Continuing to draw solace from yoga, she found that the quieting down she experienced on the mat began to naturally bleed into her daily life.

While attending The Chopra Center’s Seduction of Spirit retreat, Dian was introduced to Primordial Sound Meditation and Ayurveda and learned a beautiful style of hatha yoga The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga. This retreat was merely an appetizer that catapulted her into teacher training as an Vedic Educator. She has furthered her yoga studies through workshops in Restorative Yoga with Judith Lasater, Chakra Yoga with Anodea Judith, Yoga Anatomy with Leslie Kaminoff, and in YogaEd Teacher Training for children.

After experiencing the therapeutic benefits of yoga, Dian studied Somatic Yoga Therapy under Janice Gates, pioneer in the field of Yoga Therapy. During this training, she also trained with Dr. Richard Miller in Integrative Restoration (iRest) Yoga Nidra.

When she isn’t mentoring Ayurvedic self-care, offering opportunities for self-healing through yoga and meditation, or teaching mind, body, spirit workshops, Dian can be found hiking in the mountains with her dogs Jake and Cassie or writing at a coffee shop. With a strong teacher/student archetype, she is in her element when learning new things about body, mind, and spirit! Dian’s inner child loves most any type of creative play as well as to move her body through yoga, walking, cycling, swimming, dancing, and – most of all – hiking!

Dian is thrilled to be a part of the Yoga Olas community. In her classes, students explore somatic awareness through yoga nidra and gentle, almost restorative, poses. Learn more about how you can heal from the inside out at