Diane Malaspina, M.S.Ed, PhD, E-RYT 500+


Diane has been fascinated with the science of the mind and human behavior, growth, and development across the lifespan for over 20 years. Early in her career, she became frustrated with the limitations of traditional paradigms around mental illness and discovered the emerging field of growth-oriented psychology - the science and application of interventions that promote mental health and resilience. Around the same time she discovered yoga and its associated practices  - which she immediately realized were powerful vehicles for elevating wellbeing.


Diane delivers cutting edge wisdom with user-friendly approaches honed in her rich hands on experiences as an applied psychologist, university educator and veteran yoga teacher.  She blends neurobiology and psychological science with yoga and mindfulness practices that empowers individuals, families and organizations to heal, cope with stress, and transcend struggles to orient toward growth and possibility.


Diane is a regular contributor in publications such as Yoga International, Yoga Journal, Thrive Global, and is a Peak Performance Coach for the Flow Research Collective. She offers trainings online and across the globe, and is based in Virginia Beach, Virginia where she lives by the sea with her husband Omar and silly little sheepadoodle (sheepdog/poodle) named Luca. 


Academic Background:

B.S., Psychology, Virginia Tech

M.S., Education, Old Dominion University

Ph.D., Educational & Developmental Psychology, University of Virginia

Yoga Training:

200 Hour Certification, Prana Vinyasa Flow with Shiva Rea

200 Hour Certification, YogaWorks

108 Hour Certification, Path of Devotion with Janet Stone

500 Hour Certification, Yoga Medicine© with Tiffany Cruikshank

RAD Yoga Master Coach

Yoga Medicine© Therapeutic Specialist 

Yoga Medicine Certifications:

Hip: Anatomy, Dysfunction, & Application (60 hrs)

Spine: Anatomy, Dysfunction, & Application (60 hrs)

Shoulder: Anatomy, Dysfunction, & Application (25 hrs)

Chinese Medicine & Myofascial Release (60 hrs)

Myofascial Release (120 hrs)

Yin & Meditation (120 hrs)

Cadaver Dissection (30 hrs)

Nervous System & Restorative Yoga (60 hrs)