All I need to do each day is be myself. To just be me. 
And the most direct path to finding my truth, to finding me, is by paying attention, by getting still, and by listening. Yoga helps me pay attention. Yoga helps me listen; it brings me home to myself. Yoga has helped me grow my roots, find my voice and build my vision for my life.


My yoga journey began in 2002; when I stepped onto the mat for the first time, I found calm and peace in the midst of mothering three young children. As my physical practice evolved, I found an increasing ability toward presence and stillness, which provided me comfort, inspiration, and a path to my inner wisdom.


It is my intention to create a space for others to experience the same inner peace and innate wisdom. I believe yoga is for everyone—students of all levels, shapes, sizes, and flexibility are welcome in my classes.  

In 2016, I designed and began teaching a 6-week course, The Gifts of Authenticity and in 2020, designed and launched 

Coming Home & Staying Home. Teaching this class provides me with an opportunity to slow down, to listen, to pay attention to my life, and to become more of myself—this is what the class offers others, as well.

My teaching style is down to earth, open-hearted and creative. I have a master’s degree in science education, professional studies in both compassionate communication and mindfulness, over 25 years’ experience teaching teens and adults in subjects ranging from biology/chemistry to natural childbirth to sustainable forestry. I am a graduate of the Yoga Refuge Yoga Conservatory Teacher Training Program, from which I acquired my 200hr yoga teacher training certificate. 


When I’m not teaching, I’m reading, knitting socks, picking bouquets of flowers, swimming, or walking our beloved Wrigley with my husband Jerry. I work hard every single day to practice the skills of authenticity, compassion, creativity, and stillness that I teach in class and on the mat.

About Deanna

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