Q & A

Meet Diane 

Founder Diane Booth Gilliam materialized a new aesthetic, and rewrote what a yogi can do with the ancient trio of ‘sister sciences’ |  Yoga, Astrology, Ayurveda | The alchemy of Yogastrology® shows you how to 

  • Connect with the ebb and flow of moon phases, pulsating in your body
  • Connect with your inner solar system, radiating out from the solar plexus manipura chakra
  • Connect with the wisdom of the universe

Connection is a supremely creative act. 

Meet Diane

I am a second-generation Montana girl, with a couple of decades in the temples of India (and beyond) thrown in for good measure. Now I am back where I belong, with a view of the Mission Mountains from my window and critters to ‘help out.’ More on that later.

I fall in love with oceans and rivers, craggy mountains and wild skies, and I love wandering around the planet (called ‘wandering sadhu’ in India). Part of my adoration for the black-velvet night sky comes from being born under the Big Sky I think …and the other part? Just crazy I guess. :) Diane

Lightbulb Moment

Imagine the colorful little village in India, where I sat on a cool concrete floor in the middle of a steamy hot afternoon and slid into a state of bliss. It was so easy. I wasn’t trying to do anything at all. There was this mind-blowing traditional fire ceremony called yagna happening on the full moon. It was led by a group of Brahmins, and right in the middle of their ceremony, in the middle of my bliss, one thought appeared:

There is some connection between yoga and astrology. Every day of my life since, in one way or another, has been about that moment.

How Do You Define Success?

Success is finding what you love to do. I’m not talking about what you’re supposed to love. This is different. 

See YOGA. ASTROLOGY. LOVE. below.

Living Life

With long hours to kill in the chaotic Delhi airport, I stumbled into an empty room reserved for nursing mothers (which I was not). Every wall was painted bright mustard yellow. Larger-than-life Donald Ducks stenciled everywhere. What it lacked in subtle delicate decor, it made up for, with rich deep silence. And a cushy sofa. I curled up.

Whenever you get a moment to soak in a pool of love, just do it.

What Do You Do When You Feel Uninspired? 

I wait. Chant, meditate. Hike in the mountains, meander along the seashore. Putter in the garden. Play with furry animals. Hang out and laugh with friends. I take exquisite care of my inner muse, give her a lot of space. She knows she can come back when she’s ready. 

Advice I Wish I Had Years Ago

Relax. Not to diminish the virtue of hard work, but we have to get it on some deep level that things happen at the right time. A work in progress.

Above All Else 

Do what you love. Life goes by fast.

Stats

  • 12th House Sun (like David Bowie)
  • Saturn Trine Uranus
  • Master of Arts in Philosophy | University of Montana, Missoula

Yoga: Certified in Svaroopa®, Embodyment® Yoga Therapy, and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy®. Study/practice includes many additional styles such as Iyengar, Kripalu, Anusara, and more. I was among the first-ever RYTs and E-RYTs (because I was studying asana with the founder of Yoga Alliance at the time). Today I maintain a steady practice of yoga, meditation, chanting, and asana — just as I have since I took my first yoga class in 1978 at a YMCA in Montana.

Astrology: Student and sometimes punjari in ceremonies, yagnas, pujas, homas with Brahmins in India; sevite at an Indological Research Institute in the San Francisco Bay Area, California (2005-2009); studies with Vedic Astrologers; Qi Gong Masters (China 1994); Ayurvedic Doctors; since the early 1990’s. Always learning.

Evolution: My roots are deep. My practice began long before selfies and the internet transformed yoga and astrology into the massive industries they are today. Due to my understanding of, and profound respect for, deep roots – I guide my students to honor tradition; to rely on the authenticity and sacredness of yoga and astrology. 

I bow to Mother Nature and offer thanks to all students, teachers, and precious friends. I have the good fortune of hanging out in amazing places with stellar people; meet some of them here – and here.

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YOGA. ASTROLOGY. LOVE.

A graduate of INTENSIVE Training writes,”YogAstrology® training helped me

Flesh Out Nuances, Feel Inspired

Now I am able to flesh out nuances of my world in ways I could have never given form to on my own, and I feel inspired to look deeper into my own psyche and soul

Gain A New Vocabulary, Gaze Into the Ultimate Mirror

I gained a new vocabulary to speak of things we shy away from, and I gazed into the Ultimate Mirror, to reflect everything with blinding realism

Go From Struggling to Being Able To Move, and Feel Supported to Heal

I have gone from struggling with unknown aspects of myself, to feeling empowered in the ways that I engage with my shadow side; I became able to move through challenging circumstances in my new job that I could have never predicted ~ and to do so with intention and power, instead of feeling like I’m getting swept away; I felt support to heal things between my mom and me, and change my perceptions about the structure of love and relationships

Grow More Open

I have grown a lot more open to the differences between people, because I understand them better

I am even becoming more compassionate

Sometimes I feel overwhelmed having access to this level of information. But I trust that what I need to know will be clear, along with what I need to do with this information. I am so grateful for the opportunity and the ability to learn more about yoga and astrology; it is such a deep and ancient form that marries science, art, and spirituality. 

Diane, thank you. Thank you for being an incredible mentor and teacher. Thank you for sharing your gifts and your passion with so much vulnerability.”

YOGA ASTROLOGY LOVE: Written by a graduate of YogAstrology® Intensive Training who requires anonymity due to the sensitive nature of her job as the private yoga instructor for renowned professional athletes

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