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I first began practicing yoga in 2005. My initial intention was to find relief from chronic back pain associated with scoliosis and learn how to release tension accumulated during years of being in a fast paced, physically demanding work environment. I found freedom from physical pain right away, but as I kept with it I discovered more than just that. Yoga showed me how to slow down, stress less, be in the moment, clear my mind, and truly breathe. Really, the list of benefits goes on and on. My practice then took on a new intention and I found myself wanting to share this ancient healing art with as many people as I could, so I began teacher training in 2007. I received my 200 hour certificate from Bhumi’s Yoga and Wellness Center and was registered at that time with the Yoga Alliance. I participated in teacher trainings with Jonny Kest, YogaFit, and various other training workshops to accrue another 130+ hours of training. I was eventually a co-teacher for a 200 hour teacher training program at Chagrin Yoga. My teaching style and ethic were greatly influenced by my time at Cleveland Yoga, an Official Baptiste Yoga Affiliate Studio - practicing, assisting, and teaching Power Yoga and substitute teaching Slow Flow Yoga, as well as working the front desk and boutique. My perception of yoga was then widened by my travels to Nepal, my experiences while working as a key leader and community guru at lululemon athletica in Cleveland, and then working with lululemon and doing yoga in New York City. While I may be a yoga teacher I am a yoga student first, and I am always committed to growing and learning more.
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Meet the teacher - Deanna
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My two children are close together in age, and I had some complications that required surgeries after my second pregnancy. I didn't have much energy to work out and I found myself not feeling very good about how I felt energetically, or how I looked aesthetically. I finally got to a point where I was ready to exercise regularly again but I just wasn't enjoying the exercises I was doing, and I wasn't seeing the results I hoped for. I had done barre occasionally before my children and during my pregnancies, and remembered how much I liked it so one day I did 30 minutes of barre followed by 30 minutes of yoga. I felt amazing afterwards! My whole body was buzzing and I felt something I hadn't since when I knew I wanted to teach yoga; I knew I wanted to be able to share this feeling with other people on their fitness journey, and I knew I wanted to get certified to teach. After researching different techniques, I found that I really resonated with bootybarre. I loved its fusion of yoga with dance and pilates and the founder, Tracey Mallet, really put a lot of effort into creating a community that was supportive, accessible, and friendly. I enrolled in training right away and have been enjoying all my learnings along the way. Other than feeling like I was standing with more strength and stability, I began to feel more physically fit than I had in years - maybe ever! Classes will be starting soon, so stay tuned for more information!