Dr. Diana Gallegos, LMT, CYT
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Diana is an experienced yoga teacher, sound healer, massage therapist, animal lover and animal rescuer here in Iowa City!
Diana has been practicing yoga since 1997 and has been teaching since 2010. Before teaching yoga, she received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience and completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in the Center on Aging at the University of Iowa. In 2010, she was offered a research-scientist position, but after experiencing the many healing benefits of yoga in herself she decided instead to dedicate her life work to teaching yoga and making yoga accessible to everyBODY.
Diana has a deep understanding of the mind and the body with her background in biology, psychology, neuroscience, and massage therapy. She has thousands of hours under her belt in yoga trainings with many prominent yoga teachers. She is grateful for her teachers and continues to be inspired by her primary teachers in yoga (Tias Little and Matthew Sanford), sound healing (Natalie Brown and David Gibson), and massage therapy (Dede Dancing and Ralph Stevens).
Her students and clients describe her as a very compassionate, intuitive, knowledgeable, and approachable teacher that is easy to follow with her clear instruction. Her style is influenced by her teachers but is also very unique and influenced from her experience of teaching and working with private clients and students, self-study, and self-practice. Her classes are slow and mindful, with a focus on more foundational and therapeutic poses. Her classes are often described as feel-good classes! Her students say they feel more relaxed, clear-headed, and more ease in their bodies after her classes.
Diana has always been very passionate about inclusion and bringing more diversity into the yoga community. She enjoys introducing yoga to new students and has inspired many to start and continue a yoga practice. One of her favorite quotes is, “No one belongs here more than you!” ~Brene Brown
Diana teaches traditional group yoga classes at Heartland Yoga in Iowa City and online on ZOOM. She also offers workshops, presentations, and private group sessions in yoga and sound healing with a variety of instruments (Tibetan singing bowls, frosted crystal bowls, gongs, tuning forks, and drums).
In private practice, she specializes in Adaptive Yoga for disabilities and works with individuals with various disabilities, such as traumatic brain injury, stroke, progressive MS, amputations, developmental disabilities, scoliosis, cancer, and mental health challenges.
Diana’s other passion and purpose is helping animals and has a large and loving furry family of rescued animals with her husband and continues to help other animals in need.
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