When Diane Roberts was diagnosed with celiac disease 12 years ago, her life became focused on what she couldn’t have. “It was a lonely place to be,” Roberts laments. Today, Roberts is not only surviving with celiac disease, she is thriving. More importantly, she is helping others overcome their own chronic health issues as founder of the Foundation Yoga Center in Solana Beach, California.
Like many others who are diagnosed with celiac disease later in life, Roberts experienced stomach distress and digestive issues from infancy. When she began practicing yoga in her 30s, she realized her symptoms were less acute. And for the first time in years, she experienced relief from chronic pain and fatigue. Roberts asserts, “Finding yoga absolutely put me on the road to health.”
Motivated by her personal yoga practice, Roberts began working toward yoga teacher
certification. In the meantime, she continued searching for the cause of her health issues. She tried various diets and cleanses to no avail. Roberts remembers, “I got a little relief from each therapy, but still did not find the true cause.” She was doing focused digestive work with her mentor when she finally received the diagnosis of celiac disease. “The diagnosis changed my life,” Roberts reveals, “but it was amazing to realize I could get lasting relief from the pain and discomfort by doing specific practices.”
Roberts opened a therapeutic yoga studio 16 years ago with the intent of introducing others to “yoga as real physical therapy on a structural level.” Her clients are less concerned about image and trends and more focused on taking responsibility for their overall health and wellness. Other services offered through Foundation Yoga’s Wellness Center include acupuncture, massage, tai chi, trauma resolution and even family and marriage counseling.
Roberts shares, “My goal is to have a client leave my office with a tool bag of options so if something comes up on a physical or emotional level, there are specific poses, breathwork and nutritional plans to fall back on rather than panicking about the future.” Putting these therapeutic tools into practice gives clients a sense of control over chronic health issues.
Recognizing her blessings, Roberts declares, “When you have been suffering your whole life and find a way to fix yourself, it is remarkable. But if you are then able to help others and you can make a living that way, what could be better?”