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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 offers performance and wellbeing coaching for businesses and organizations. 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. 

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SELECTED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Marriott International Exchange Association Masters & Corporate Partnership Conference

  • Expert presenter for Westin Hotel seminar on Optimizing Sleep for Performance

  • Offered yoga class for Westin Hotel Wellness Brand Showcase

Flow Research Collective: Advisor/(former) Peak Performance Coach

  • Member of expert advisory team for peak performance research and training program

  • Provided 1:1 coaching on performance, wellbeing, and psychology of flow for clients including corporate executives, entrepreneurs, professional athletes, medical professionals and military special operations officers

  • Delivered & advised curriculum delivery for cutting edge training programs through group facilitation & coaching providing deeply meaningful client experience

homes.com: Mental Health & WellBeing Consultant

  • Created digital and live mental health and wellbeing content to support employees during COVID-19

  • Developed and led training on mental health and communication in the workplace for executive team of 75

  • Created and delivered live yoga and mindfulness programming weekly to support mental health

  • homes.com earned Bronze Stevie® Award as "Most Valuable Employer" due to efficacy of programming

University of California San Francisco Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: Consultant

  • Created digital and live yoga, mindfulness, and mental health content for clinical and research team

  • Trained & advised clinical team on evidence-based mindfulness interventions to use in clinical setting

Univision under guidance of Michelle Campbell (Consultant): Wellness Content Creator

  • Created and led live and digital yoga and mindfulness program for employee wellbeing

Galilee Montessori School: Educational Consultant

  • Provided professional development for teachers and staff

  • Offered 1:1 coaching for teachers in classroom management

  • Led parent-teacher seminars on parent involvement, positive discipline, sleep, and routines

Advanced Learning & Training Technologies: Educational Researcher and Consultant

  • Designed and executed research on math-based technology at 2 public middle schools (300 participants) under a Department of Defense grant

  • Presented findings to key stakeholders and school personnel 

 

SELECTED EXPERTISE IN YOGA AND MINDFULNESS

YOGA MEDICINE

  • Co-created curriculum and deliver Yoga for Mental Health and WellBeing 55 Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training

  • Instructor for 200-hour International Yoga Teacher Training

  • Developed digital courses: Working with Grief, Exploring the Yamas & Niyamas, Inside the Yoga Sutras

  • Yoga Therapeutic Specialist 

  • Regular expert contributor on podcast and as a writer for wellness publications including Yoga International, Yoga Journal, and Thrive Global

THE YOGA ROOM, LLC

  • Owner, operator of yoga studio

  • Developed and led 200-hour & 300-hour yoga teacher trainings

  • Offered workshops to community

  • Mentored yoga teachers

HOLIDAY INN & SUITES

NORTH BEACH

  • Managed yearly summer daily yoga programming for resort including hiring and scheduling teachers and providing excellent customer experience

200 HOUR CERTIFICATIONS: PRANA VINYASA FLOW with SHIVA REA & YOGAWORKS

500 HOUR CERTIFICATION: YOGA MEDICINE with TIFFANY CRUIKSHANK

100 HOUR CERTIFICATION: PATH OF DEVOTION with JANET STONE