Nickname: Some of my close friends call me “D”

What was your hometown like growing up? I grew up on the North Side of Chicago, hanging around our neighborhood is where we would spend most of our days. Walking freely from the park to the local corner store. As long as we had each other we felt safe.

Where was that photo taken? In one of the most amazing places on Earth. Hierve el Agua Oaxaca, Mexico

Job prior to becoming a yoga teacher (or other current job): Part of my calling is helping others, As long as I can remember I have worked in helping the community. I am currently a caseworker and help families obtain public benefits. I also host workshops on HIV Prevention, STD Transmission, Alcohol, and Drugs as well as Self-esteem for Youth in the Northside of Chicago.

Diana Calvente

(she/her/hers) Yoga Nidra

Best yoga experience: My best yoga experience would have to be where the instructor brought in some of her favorite music (reggae) and implemented it in class. It was great how we were adding movement to most of our yoga poses.

Worst yoga experience: When a Yoga class I attended became a Pilates class about ten minutes into it, and we were told by the instructor there was no difference between them. I was sore for days.

What do you remember about the first yoga class you ever took? That there were no props, just me and a mat.

Why yoga? I have learned to look deep within me and connect with my true self.

Guilty pleasure: Horchata and chocolate peppermint Joe Joes

Accomplishment of which you are most proud: Becoming a Yoga Instructor and having three amazing beautiful girls.

Yoga training/studies: Ganesha’s 200-hour teacher training, Mission Propelle’s 95-hour Children’s Yoga Teacher Training, and recently I became an Ayurvedic Health Counselor.

Superpower that yoga gives you: Gratitude! Proud of being who I was, who I am now and who I will become.

Athletic endeavor you have always wanted to try but are too intimidated: indoor rock climbing

Five words that your friends and family would use to describe you: caring, funny, polite, nice and beautiful.

Dianna teaches Yoga Nidra (Center and Restore) on Tuesdays at 7:45pm.