I’m so happy to introduce you to my amazing friend, Diane Magnette, yoga teacher and founder of Love Infinity for All, a jewelry company whose mission is to start a conversation about the far too silent impact of mental illness. She hand makes every piece sold and donates 15% to local mental health charities.
Diane is originally from Brussels, Belgium. After graduating from college she moved to Los Angeles, California. Though she is known for being an advocate for mental health she also is a successful yoga teacher. Though teaching yoga helps people experience life through it’s physical practice, she had been yearning for a way to help people on a bigger scale.
Creating Love Infinity For All helps fulfill her need to impact the world and change it for a better more compassionate future.
Tell us about yourself in a tweet.
I am a yoga teacher and an advocate for mental health who lives in LA. I became a jewelry designer solely to raise mental illness awareness.
Where are you from?
I am from Brussels, Belgium and grew up in Switzerland for a majority of my childhood.
What brought you to LA?
What’s your favorite thing about LA?
Without mentioning the weather? It’s people. I know, I know, it is so contradictory to it’s stereotype. Well, good! I have lived in a lot of places in this world and I have never met more supportive, positive, tolerant and accepting people like the people in Los Angeles.
Who is your favorite person in LA?
Without sounding too cliché, my boyfriend. He is one of the few who was born and raised in Los Angeles. He is the best human I have ever met. He has helped me believe in myself so much that I was able to take my yoga business to the next level. He is also the inspiration behind my jewelry company. His generosity, loyalty, and the fact that he will always put others before himself, inspired me to dedicate myself to a cause that’s dear to both of our hearts.
What has been your favorite LA experience?
There are so many. But going stand up paddling in Malibu and have a gray whale surface 5 feet from me and my friends is by far my favorite.
What inspires you to teach yoga?
To have a positive impact and improve people’s day, life and offer a different perspective than what we are used to. Like the ability to look within ourselves and see other’s from within.
What is the most important thing about one’s yoga practice?
The ability to recognize that every thought and feeling do not need a reaction. It’s perfectly normal to have thoughts and feelings, it’s the reaction that causes us stress and harm. Acknowledge those thoughts and feelings, take a few deep breaths and realize that it might not need a reaction.
What inspired you to create Love Infinity for All?
After my boyfriend’s father passed away, his mom tumbled in mental despair. He sacrificed almost everything he had to help his mom because of the lack of support nationwide for those suffering from mental illness.
Why do you choose to advocate for mental illness?
Because of my own ignorance towards what was happening to my boyfriend’s mom and my best friend, who during that same time, had a manic episode. I literally saw my friend’s brain go on complete overdrive before my eyes and it took me way too long to realize something was not right.
He is doing great now, but my ignorance could have cost him his life. After witnessing two people I love almost lose everything to mental illness, I understood the incredible stigma around brain disorders and promised myself to let everyone who ever suffered from a mental disorder or has a family member who does, that I care and support them.