May we be kind
May we be well
May we be peaceful and at ease
May we be free
Diane Kovanda, M.Ed., E-RYT 500
A holistic health practitioner and educator, Diane has been practicing hatha yoga for over 25 years. She is the founder and director of training at Kind Yoga School. The curriculum at Kind Yoga School is based in Hatha Yoga with a focus on ahimsa and karuna, which cultivates a profound respect and compassion for the self and others. Diane, along with Chuck and Tracy Peterson, is also the co-founder of The Calm Warrior Training Inc. providing criminal justice professionals with stress reduction and decompression tactics. www.CalmWarrior.com
Diane’s teaching of yoga is deeply informed by her own longtime practice of mindfulness. Since 1985, Diane has been inspired by her studies of yoga with Callie Lewis Tyber and at Kripalu Center. Diane is certified in Kripalu Yoga, assists with yoga teacher certification at Kripalu, along with facilitating the Calm Warrior program which is open to anyone dealing with stress.
From her early childhood in Prague, Czech Republic, Diane (Jarmila) has been motivated by her curiosity into the energy of life – nature, people, and communities. Her passion is to make a positive difference in the world each day. She is an advocate for effectively reducing our carbon footprint by making informed decisions. Diane writes for various publications, here is an article on receiving her first honey bee hive.
Diane has an extensive background in body/mind approaches to wellness including training in mind/body medicine with Herbert Benson, MD at Mind Body Medical Institute, a license in therapeutic bodywork, and training in mindfulness, meditation and stress management. She continues to deepen her understanding of yoga through ongoing practice and study.
Diane has a relaxed, informal teaching style that puts students at ease, her classes are informative, safe, fun, and relaxing. Her diverse studies have shaped her own unique style of teaching which deeply honors the wisdom of the body and the uniqueness of each indivdual. Diane is a Professional Level registered yoga teacher with the National Yoga Alliance – E-RYT 500. She also speaks fluent Czech (and English). Diane’s favorite pastime is walking in the woods or on the beach with her dog Tara.
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“The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life.” Robert Louis Stevenson
“I express deep gratitude to all my friends and teachers at Kripalu for the years of training, inspiration and setting me on the path of Kind Yoga, which you walk so well there. DK
“Diane embodies kindness and is a true inspiration to so many of us. Namaste, yoga mama!”
Linda Harmon, Yoga Teacher, Cotuit, MA