Q & A

Meet Diane Booth Gilliam

Lightbulb Moment

Y2K: I was in a little village in India, sitting on a cool concrete floor in the middle of a hot afternoon when I 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. 

You’ll Never See Me Without

Bare feet. A pedi is my go-to beauty essential. Maybe strappy sandals or hiking shoes (warm boots, in the event of inclement weather) but I’m kicking ’em off asap.

Living Life

I had hours to kill in the chaotic Delhi airport once, and I stumbled into an empty room reserved for nursing mothers (which I was not). Every wall was painted bright mustard-yellow. Bigger-than-life Donald Ducks stenciled everywhere. What it lacked in subtle delicate decor, it made 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.

Find Me

I am a perpetual traveler, as much as possible. I make connections and collect experiences (not stuff) — find me hiking on a trail above the coast. Later we’ll go down to the beach for a bonfire (like that fire in India years ago). Come join me.

Above All Else 

Be happy. Life goes by fast.

Stats

12th House Sun (like David Bowie). Saturn trine Uranus.

Master of Arts in Philosophy | University of Montana, Missoula

Certified in Svaroopa®, Embodyment® Yoga Therapy, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy®. (I was one of the founding RYTs and E-RYTs but I’m taking a break from Yoga Alliance; let my membership lapse). Steady practice of Iyengar sometimes with a hint of Anusara mixed in and a few other yoga styles too, since 1978.

Astrology explorations began in the 1990’s with Anita Doyle and Alexandra Karacostas. Because of my teachers, students, and friends I have the good fortune of hanging out with amazing people. You can meet some of them here — and here.