Diliane was briefly introduced to Yoga in 2008 by her close friend, now business partner, Kalil Zender. She was immediately attracted to the feelings of peace, purification, embodiment, and stillness experienced through Kalil's carefully crafted asana sequence. It reminded her of other mind-body experiences she'd had playing music, riding horses, being in Nature, or cooking delicious meals. This ignited her passion and curiosity. All Practice has an eternal rhythm of ebb and flow; Dilaine found Yoga again at Dragonfly in Madison in 2012 where she discovered an intense attraction to Vinyasa Yoga Asana practice and explored the modern-day Western Yoga environment. She proceeded to attend class 1-3 times daily over the next 5 years and found immense healing and joy through that practice. Eventually she was called to Manila, Philippines for 2 and a half years, where she worked as a Corporate Relationship Manager, finished her Bachelor's in Business Management through UW Whitewater (online) and got married. Naturally, she then dove into burnout for the first time in her adult life.
She returned to Madison in 2017 exhausted but Awake and Determined to slowly adapt her lifestyle to a Yogic one, to put her body back together piece by piece, to find her way back to the path of her authenticity. She realized that despite all appearances, she was struggling to connect, and she was ready to start letting some things go. Naturally, several major life events quickly unfolded including buying a house, receiving a debilitating back injury, learning patience through a slow & challenging recovery process, losing a job, gaining 2 new jobs, starting 2 businesses, redefining all her personal / intimate relationships, discovering boundaries, getting a Yoga Teacher training sponsorship, being asked to teach etc... This chapter was rich in discovery & acceptance of her own pain; it allowed her to contemplate, to give herself Space, to notice the widespread suffering of the world and begin empathizing on a much deeper level. It also allowed her to re-discover her Yoga practice from a space of true Vulnerability instead of Power, a revolutionary experience at that moment.
She began daydreaming about meaningful ways to spend her time & skills, and who to collaborate with. Dilaine began Yoga teacher training in 2019 with Amy Pearce-Hayden through Raja Hatha Yoga at Tantra Wellness in Madison, WI where she was happily introduced to an entirely different idea of what Yoga is. While having fun playing outside with Kalil that same summer, they noticed that they had a lot of complementary skills, values, and interests in common. Eventually they decided to become business partners and co-founded Rhythm Wellness Retreats where they offer Nature based wellness retreats. Kalil teaches through Unity Yoga Co-op in Marquette, Michigan. Dilaine joined the Tantra Wellness Co-op in Summer 2022, where she is now offering classes (in downtown Madison, Wisconsin). Kalil and Dilaine are also active students of Lama Padma Karma at Orgyen Namdrol Choling in Connecticut.
Dilaines teaching is heavily focused on relaxation, stress and pain relief, deepening awareness. Her style is balanced, musical, restorative, creative, embracing opportunity for personal growth.
Learning never stops. Swaha!
Classes with Diliane:
Wednesdays 7:30-8:30pm Relax & Restore
This class begins with gentle, slow movement meant to detoxify and relax the body. Once the body and mind begin to connect, we more toward breath control (pranayama). Towards the latter half of class we will enjoy an extended Savasana (lying down resting pose) and guided visualization. The atmosphere will be quiet. Use of props will be encouraged. Together we will practice noticing where we are, accepting that with grace, and restoring our own energy. All levels of experience are welcome.