Q & A

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“Wow. Diane, you are a light and magnificence to those who are blessed enough to know you. I am grateful to be one of them.” Helen Clement, Vancouver BC Canada

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Diane Booth Gilliam

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Founder Diane Booth Gilliam, MA, E-RYT materialized a new aesthetic and rewrote what you can do with the ‘sister sciences’ |  Yoga, Astrology, Ayurveda |

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Mission Mountains

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Meet Diane

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

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Chidambaram, India

Lightbulb Moment

Imagine a colorful little village in India.

Sitting on a cool concrete floor in the middle of a hot afternoon, I slid into a state of bliss. It was so easy. I wasn’t trying to do anything at all. 

There was a mind-blowing fire ceremony called yagna happening on the full moon, led by a group of Brahmins. 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 noisy, 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.

I take exquisite care of my inner muse; I 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
  • Saturn Trine Uranus
  • Master of Arts in Philosophy | University of Montana, Missoula

Certified in Svaroopa®, Embodyment® Yoga Therapy, and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy®. Study and practice includes many additional styles (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, and chanting, as I have since I took my first yoga class in 1978 at a YMCA in Montana.

Punjari Ceremonialist (the one who ‘waves the lights’ and offers the sacred substances at the altar) at Fire Ceremonies with Brahmins in India, Australia, New York, and California; Assistant to the Director at Muktabodha Indological Research Institute in San Francisco Bay Area, California (2005-2009).

Endless study with Western Astrologers; Vedic Astrologers; Qi Kung Masters (on location in China 1994); Ayurvedic doctors in India and the USA; always learning.

My roots are deep. My practice began long before selfies and the internet transformed yoga and astrology into the massive industries they are today.

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YOGA. ASTROLOGY. LOVE.

A graduate of our year-long training writes,”YogAstrology® 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® year-long training (she requires anonymity due to the sensitive nature of her job as the private yoga instructor for renowned professional athletes)

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