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Diana Justl, MFTI, MA has been dedicated to yoga and meditation for over 20 years. Her exploration has led to the study and practice of mindfulness based yoga and meditation. She encourages internal cultivation, supporting individuals to access their own wisdom and intuition that will guide them to more fulfilling expression in their practice and lives. She completed her 200 hour Raja Yoga Teacher Certification at Sivananda Vedanta Centre, 150 hours Advanced Teacher Training at The Yoga Centre Winnipeg, 150 hours at The Yoga Loft San Francisco and Level one of Insight Yoga’s Yin and Buddhism Teacher Training. She is a graduate of the California Institute of Integral Studies Integral Counseling Psychology Graduate Program and has a private practice based in San Francisco. She completed the two year Hakomi mindfulness based psychotherapy program and assists workshops for the Hakomi Institute of California, Holos Ecopsychology Institute and Family Constellations Institute.

Diana’s meditation practice has included 5 day to two month retreats in Thai and Burmese Vipassana, Tibetan Buddhism and Mindfulness training. She has an undergraduate degree in Theatre and Religious Studies that lends to her creative and philosophical style. She completed her Graduate Degree in Holistic Psychotherapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She sees clients one on one and leads therapeutic yoga groups at the Liberation Institute in San Francisco. She pursues on-going training that has led to intensive periods in India, Nepal, New Mexico and California.
She has travelled North America, the UK, France, Spain and Morocco performing and teaching physical theatre, children’s theatre and healing arts.

Diana is also an attuned Reiki Master and practices Hands on Healing taught to her by an Indigenous Healing Master. Diana has been joyfully teaching an alignment based flow yoga, interweaving meditation and mindfulness for over 10 years. She has mainly been influenced by intensive studies with Lama Lodro (Jeff Olsen), Adyashanti, Sarah Powers, Chandra Easton, Rod Stryker, Jan Debenham, Jason Crandell and Mark Whitwell.

Mixed level Class Description:  A mindful slow-flow class incorporating breath work and longer held poses with a focus on correct alignment and internal awareness. A gentle but engaging class with supported variations for those new to yoga or with physical limitations. In our practice together we cultivate meditation in motion, uniting breath and body, mind and soul.

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Some recent classes and workshops I’ve led:

Along with teaching regular classes full time for over 3 years in Winnipeg at The Yoga Centre, St. Norbert Arts Centre, Hollow Reed Holistic, Age and Opportunity, Grains Exchange, Manitoba Children’s Museum and Shalom Residential Care, I’ve taught and led groups for 7 years in San Francisco at CIIS, The Yoga Loft and Liberation Institute. Here are some other stops on my yoga journey:

Weekly Classes, San Francisco, August 2011-Present

I  Teach a regular weekly class at California Institute of Integral Studies and The Liberation Institute, San Francisco. Classes include:
Breath and Body alignment and meditation inspired by teachers from the Krishnamacharya lineage and Advaita Vedanta of Sivananda Yoga.
Yoga and Psychotherapy groups: Ongoing groups for yoga for depression, anxiety and trauma sensitive yoga.

Weekend Retreat and Classes, Deerheart Sanctuary, Hornby Island, BC, Canada.
May 2011 and 2014

I lead 2 day workshops on Yin yoga and Meditation. I also spent a week doing my own practice with other retreatants regularly practicing mediation, yoga and listening to recorded teachings of Adyashanti.

Kids Yoga and Environmental Education Activities at schools and Festivals, BC Canada and San Francisco and Seattle. April-May 2011

Having a blast on tour teaching at Green Festivals, Earth Day Events and regular school programs.

Kripalu Institute, Massachusetts
September, 2010

I was invited by Mark Whitwell, senior teacher of The Heart of Yoga to assist him for a week long retreat at Kripalu.
I was incredibly honoured to assist him in yoga and Thai Massage for his week long retreat at Kripalu.

Michigan, Green Synergy Festival, August 2010
I helped Green Kids to lead the kids zone with yoga and activities at this awesome Raw food and Consciousness festival.

6 weeks, one on one intensive Meditation Retreat with Lama Lodro, September 2009

Canyon Meadows, Yukon
A truly unique experience of quality and depth. Lama Lodro was given the title of Lama from the 16th Karmapa and teaches worldwide. He most graciously hosted me for 6 weeks at his retreat centre outside of Whitehorse. We practiced Metta (Loving Kindness), Tibetan Visualization, Anapansati (mindfulness of breath) and Chi Gong. Lots of chopping wood and carrying water as well as cooking, hiking and painting.
Lama Lodro