“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
Diane Booth Gilliam, MA, E-RYT, YACEP
I am a third-generation Montanan, with a couple of decades in the temples of India thrown in for good measure.
Boarding a plane in Montana, I heard this mysterious message bubble up from deep inside.
“You’re going to have to let go of everything.”
Unsure of what that message even meant (but secretly feeling relieved) ~ many hours later I arrived at my destination: A colorful little village in India.
The second clue came on a steamy-hot Indian afternoon about a week later. I was attending a mind-blowing fire ceremony on the Full Moon when one thought appeared: There is some connection between yoga and astrology. (What is the connection?) Every day of my life since, in one way or another, has been about that mystical moment and my mysterious assignment.
Another “Lightbulb Moment” was when yoga started to open up my life, rather than me just doing yoga. If you have experienced this, then you know what I mean and if not, Practice Practice Practice.
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.
With long hours to kill in the noisy, chaotic Delhi airport, I stumbled into an empty room that had been 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 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
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.
A bonus I hadn’t expected was being able to explore, discover and share who I really am, beneath the layers of who I thought I should be.
Contentment grew out of deconstructing what’s not real ~ rather than accumulating more, just for the sake of fitting in ...evolution involves elimination… and maybe that’s exactly what ~ “letting go of everything” (the mysterious inner message I heard many years ago) really means.
- 12th House Sun
- Saturn Trine Uranus
- MA in Philosophy | University of Montana, Missoula
Some of the lineages I follow and my teachers, credentials, and certifications are noted here.
But here’s the thing. My roots are deep. My practice began long before selfies and the internet transformed yoga and astrology into the massive industries they are today. I took my first yoga class in 1978 at a YMCA in Montana and hold certifications in Svaroopa®, Embodyment® Yoga Therapy, and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy®, but my yoga practice includes many styles (Iyengar, Kripalu, Anusara, etc.) as well as meditation and chanting. I am a Yoga Alliance YACEP and was among the first-ever RYTs and E-RYTs because I studied asana with the founder of Yoga Alliance at the time of its inception.
Being the pujari, for many precious years ~ the pujari “waves the lights” and offers sacred substances during puja ceremonies (with my sangham in India, Australia, New York, and California) was one of the highlights of my life. Also I served as the assistant director at Muktabodha Indological Research Institute in the San Francisco Bay Area (2005-2009).
I feel lucky to know so many gifted yogis, meditators, and
- Western Astrologers and Vedic Astrologers many of whom I’ve studied with since the 1990’s
- Qi Kung Masters (I studied the ancient art in China, 1994)
- Ayurvedic doctors in India and the USA