Director / Yoga for Backcare & Scoliosis Specialist
Deanna celebrates Yoga's power in cultivating Self-realizations and nourishing the body-mind-spirit. She is the founder of Dhyana Yoga Arts, specializes in Alignment and Yoga for Backcare & Scoliosis, and teaches Vinyasa, Yoga for Backcare & Scoliosis, Restorative Yoga, and Ayurveda in classes, private sessions, workshops and Yoga Teacher Trainings throughout NY, NJ and PA.
Her compassionate, clear, and receptive teaching style is informed by over twenty years of experience in movement and creative arts as well as experience overcoming chronic back pain associated with scoliosis. She has been teaching for a decade and mentoring teachers since 2010.
After directing her energy to writing, literature, and theater arts at Rutgers University, Deanna studied acting and movement at Maggie Flanigan Studio in NYC, where she first recognized the effects that chronic back and sciatic pain were having on her body and mind. She explored many Eastern & Western practices and found that Yoga and Meditation build Self-Awareness and strengthen our innate ability for transformation.
Deanna emphasizes the power of practice with high quality attention to cultivate equanimity, clarity, compassion, and a healthy sense of Self and Community. Her classes weave Yoga philosophy and conscious alignment, breath, and movement into a meditative practice. She challenges students to learn to modify for their unique needs, build focus and strength, and calm the mind.
Deanna has trained with a range of inspiring teachers including: Vinyasa with Dana Flynn, Ali Cramer, Stacey Brass, and Betsy Davis; Yoga for Backcare & Scoliosis and Sling & Wall Rope use with Alison West; Yoga for Scoliosis with Deborah Wolk; Restorative Yoga with Judith Hanson Lasater; Ayurveda with Dinacharya Institute/AVP in India. Her teaching style draws from all of these, as well as her experience teaching Aerial Yoga for many years. She taught at Yoga Union Backcare & Scoliosis Center in NYC and her experience assisting Alison West and Rachel Jesien inform her work in Yoga for Backcare & Scoliosis. She is eternally grateful for her meditation teacher, Sri Sri Sri Shivabalayogi, and for the presence of all of her teachers.
Dhyana Yoga Arts in Chester, NJ, is the first full studio in NJ to have multiple Yoga for Backcare & Yoga for Scoliosis classes on their regular weekly schedule.
Restorative Yoga Teacher Training and Intro to Yoga for Backcare & Scoliosis at DYA Chester, NJ