Hi! I'm Diana!
I have been a student of movement for the majority of my life. Formally trained in dance since the age of five, I was selected to instruct first at my home studio and then eventually for the community dance program while earning my undergraduate degree at Muhlenberg College. Shortly after earning my degree and moving to the Philadelphia area, I discovered Pilates and found it to be a great supplement to my dance training. Recognizing my desire to share it with others, I was certified to teach Mat Pilates in 2005.
I taught at a variety of venues throughout the area while in grad school at Villanova University, including multiple yoga studios where I occasionally took class and got my first taste of vinyasa yoga. Unfortunately, it never quite stuck until I took my first hot yoga class in Sept 2011 at Dana Hot Yoga.
I firmly believe that people find yoga (and stick with it) when they need it the most. At the time, I was struggling with being an unemployed high school teacher, unsure of when I’d land my next teaching gig and get back in the classroom. I needed the mental peace and guidance that I quickly found while spending consistent time on the mat.
As I have told many friends and relatives who don't practice, it has quite literally changed my life! As with Pilates, I realized I wanted to share my love of the practice with others, which led to my participation in Dana Hot Yoga's 250 hour teacher training program during the spring of 2013. My experience was more transformative than I could have even imagined, physically, mentally, and spiritually, which continues to affect my life even today.
I can't wait to see you on the mat, hoping to help you develop your own love of the practice!
Diana Sweeney instructs the following:
Mindful Flow + Meditation
Experience the balance, peace and self-awareness that a Mindful Flow can bring you. Emphasis is on meditation-in-motion that you create by connecting breath with movement, all while building strength, flexibility, and warmth in your body.
Meditation (5 - 10 minutes) helps you find new ways to engage your life with experiences that teach, heal, & enhance everything around you.
All levels welcome.