Diana Hulet (USA)
Yoga Director, EdgeFit Trufusion
Diana Hulet began her study of mysticism at a young age with books by Thomas Moore and Deepak Chopra—gifts from her mother; meanwhile, her father gave her the gift of connection with the natural world. Her trajectory led her back to philosophers and mystics for teachings on meditation and ritual. In her late twenties, while living in New York City and studying theater, she recommitted to the physical practice of yoga at the Integral Yoga Institute while mourning the death of her beloved parents.
She entered teacher training at the Center for Yoga, in Los Angeles in 2004, where she studied with James Morrison of the White Lotus Foundation. She has also been immeasurably influenced by Dana Flynn and Jasmine Tarkeshi of Laughing Lotus, Leslie Kaminoff of The Breathing Project, and teacher and writer Matthew Remski. She met her Sanskrit and yoga philosophy teacher, Manorama, in 2008, soon after opening The Bhaktishop Yoga Center in Portland, Oregon. As her teaching life flourished, Diana’s personal life took a drastic turn; in 2010, Diana was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Her willingness to persevere through the uncertainty and distinct beauty of having a chronic illness informs her teachings and keeps her focus on yoga as both a transformative and accessible practice.
Diana’s practice extends over three decades and she has been teaching full time since 2004; she infuses her teaching with felt experience, weaving mindfulness and yoga philosophy into asana classes as a reverent recognition of the fact that life is both full and fleeting. When out of the studio, Diana spends her time in the natural world, taking long beach walks or forest hikes with her favorite canine, Lita.
Tell us a little about yourself?
Getting to know me means taking a glimpse into how I spend my time - and as practitioners, we know that life is flying by, so what we do with the days we are granted tells a story of what's important in our lives. I wake up early, before the happenings of the day wash over me, and I read a poem or passage that can shed something vibrant across the work and tasks of the day. I'm at my happiest when watching my sweet dog run across a field, surrounded by trees, river, ocean, lake, sky. My work is teaching yoga, and I'm grateful to live a life doing this. I currently serve as Yoga Director and Regional Manager for Edge by TruFusion.
What's your definition of a SoulJour?
A SoulJour is someone who walks their talk with conviction and a fiercely compassionate heart. They embody grace, wisdom, and selflessness - and are willing to stand firm in what they believe to be real and true. They are also flexible in mind and heart, good listeners, and interested in creating a more equitable and harmonious experience of life on Earth.
What mantra do you live by?
“To love a person or a place is to take responsibility for its well-being.” - Kathleen Dean Moore
Live your practice. I've spent much of my life immersed in the philosophy of yoga, and although the teachings and knowledge gleaned from books and teachers will always be there for me, I'd like my life to be a living practice. Whether it is how I engage my relationships to how I take care of my environment and tend to my health, I'm at my best when the teachings of yoga have permeated the hours and days of my life.
What’s been your biggest challenge?
Life challenges can be both internal and external. Circumstances can present difficulties, yet what I have found, over time, is that the greatest obstacles reside in how we relate to the everchanging flux of life. When we believe life to be static and driven by our wants and needs, we are bound to suffer. Our lives unfold at the intersection between what happens externally and how we respond internally. It's a dialogue - we listen to the pulse of creation, and we act. On our best days, that action emerges from an inner moral compass that recognizes our interconnectedness with all things. That said, my greatest life challenge has been to overcome the obstacles that inhibit wonder, curiosity, and compassion.
How did you heal?
One of these obstacles has been a diagnosis of MS and the associated physical, mental and emotional challenges of living with an unpredictable dis-ease. My healing process begins with opening myself up to each day with gratitude for what my body is able to do. Sometimes this means sitting quietly with the breath, sometimes this means hiking a coastal trail. Just like the weather, each day has a different texture and tone, and my healing comes from flowing with that reality instead of pushing against it.
How did you turn this challenge into opportunity?
I have always been a sensitive person, especially when it comes to nonhuman animals and other facets of life on Earth. Perhaps it is this sensitivity that initiated a neurological condition, I don't know. What I do know is that it has informed both my practice and my teaching, and brought me into closer communion with the natural world of which we are an integrated part. In 2017, I was inspired to return to school and complete my degree, and while I began as a religious studies major, I ended my senior year as an environmental ethics major in order to better understand the world I inhabit.
What's your daily practice?
Every day, I feed the hummingbirds, walk my dog, and tell the world I love her.
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