Hi, and thanks for visiting Di Hickman, (formerly Workout With Di), and welcome to my home on the web. Who am I? In a nutshell I’m a yoga
fanatic teacher, movement educator, vegan, anatomy nerd, dog lover, photography enthusiast, foodie, artist, geek, entrepreneur, DIY diva, travelista, writer, explorer and so much more. I believe in not putting yourself in a box, constantly learning new things and questioning everything. You can learn more about me, but let’s dive into my yoga journey and how I ended up being a yoga teacher and movement educator.
My first yoga class
Almost everyone has a “my first yoga class” story and here’s mine. When I was around 13 years old I went with my neighbor to a yoga class at the local church hall. I was the youngest participant and loved it immediately. However, yoga teacher was never on my radar as a career. It was something fun, and something I would do on and off for many, many years to come.
Working in Fitness
Back in 1996 I started working in the fitness industry. Those able to do math will realize that’s over 20 years! Whoa, where did that time go? I’m an NASM personal trainer, AFAA certified group fitness instructor, NESTA Lifestyle and Weight Management specialist. Over the last 20 years I’ve probably been certified in numerous other fitness programs including Les Mills, PiYo, P90X, Spinning, and TRX. Yes, I love learning about health and fitness! I’m truly fascinated by the human body. It’s amazing.
Yoga was something I really began to gravitate towards in 2010. Around 2011 I was working at a local gym that needed a PiYo teacher, so I certified in PiYo and then a year later, took the AFAA yoga certification. But my goal was to teach at a yoga studio. After 3 years of debating I decided to do my yoga teacher training, found Yoga Nook RYT 200 program and signed up! With a focus on anatomy the Yoga Nook teacher training program was right up my alley, and Jeni, the owner, was British. How perfect?
The teaching journey so far
I graduated the Yoga Nook RYT 200 program in 2015 and began teaching at the Nook that same year. After teaching at gyms for 5 years it was a welcome change to be around people wanting to switch from working out, to working in. Since graduating I’ve done lots of continuing education (currently studying for my RYT 300), become part of the Yoga Nook teacher training faculty, and become a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider. In 2017 I stopped teaching other class formats and decided to focus on YOGA, and rebranded this website and social media. I went all in on yoga and have gone from strength to strength, and enjoyed every single day doing something that I love.
How I can help you
Whether you’re just curious about yoga, or are looking to expand you yoga practice I can help with all aspects of yoga including asana, philosophy and meditation. If you have a physical injury, disease or limitation, I am proficient in a modality called somatics, and AIM. Through awareness integration and movement I can you facilitate
I’ve worked with people of all age ranges, both sexes, and with varied health conditions. With over 20 years of education and experience, I have a big bag of tricks to pull from, plus I continuously strive to educate myself further