For Dianne Cecchett yoga was a natural transition from her dance studies. Dianne began studying classical ballet when she was 15 years old and was fortunate to take classes with Nicholas Petrov, founder of the Pittsburgh Ballet Company as well as Jean Gideon, present Artistic Director for Pittsburgh Youth Ballet. In 1984 Dianne realized that her dancing was becoming too grueling for her body, and she sought a more healing modality which led her to yoga. She completed her 200 hour teacher’s yoga certification in 2010 through Kula Shala Yoga Center, Jupiter, Florida where she was taught components of both Hatha and Yin Yoga. She began teaching silent yin in 2014, which is a specialty yin class she learned from Norman Blair, a Yin and Ashtanga teacher in the United Kingdom. Dianne continues her studies with James Brown of American Yoga School. She presently is registered with Yoga Alliance at the E–RYT 200 level. She sees all yoga as a refuge and vehicle for self-study. Her past teachers are Jaye Bryan, Scott Feinberg, Tasha Patterson Shirley, Gary Hirschman, and Sarah Powers. She graduated from California University, California, Pennsylvania with a BA in Social Work and continued her studies for an additional year at Heartland Community College, Normal, Illinois, with an emphasis on anatomy. Dianne’s classes are warm and inviting, fostering a calming and centering environment.