About Me - Diana Gallegos, Ph.D.
Diana has been practicing yoga since 2002 and teaching since 2010. Her training includes 200 hour yoga teacher certification from James Miller in 2010, and Adapting Yoga for Disability Level 2 certification from Matthew Sanford in 2013. She has also completed in-depth study with many other prominent yoga teachers from across the country. She continues her advanced studies in the Prajna Yoga style with founder, Tias Little. She has always appreciated his compassionate approach to teaching, as well as his precision of alignment and ability to adapt poses for all bodies.
Diana has experienced the healing and therapeutic benefits of yoga in herself, and her heartfelt passion and life work is to share this healing practice with others so they too can reap all the benefits of yoga.
In private practice, she teaches yoga to individuals of all levels of ability, even those with disabilities. Currently, she teaches private yoga to individuals with amputations, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, cancer, scoliosis, and arthritis.
Diana also teaches traditional group yoga classes at Heartland Yoga in downtown Iowa City. She brings a compassionate, non-intimidating approach to her teaching. You can expect a transformative vinyasa style class that moves at a pace you can truly experience and enjoy each pose. You will be in good hands, as Diana makes sure to move around the class making safe and effective adjustments and assists. You will leave feeling relaxed, present, and awake. And you might even make some great yoga friends!
Diana has also completed a Ph.D. in neuroscience and a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in the Center on Aging at the University of Iowa; and has published scientific, peer-reviewed papers in the Journal of Comparative Neurology and in Brain and Language.