DEANNA K SMITH

My yoga journey began in 2008 when I committed to a weekly yoga class. I had dabbled in yoga previously but this was when my journey truly began. When I started this yoga class I had no idea it would lead me to where I am now…..a lifelong yoga practice. I began to feel a difference so I upped it to practicing twice a week…. and I was blown away! It was amazing! It made me stronger and more present in my other sports and in my life. After years of snowboarding my riding skills just suddenly jelled! Weight training and aerobics seemed to have more impact. Results came faster. I just felt better. I felt more aware.

I began to be more interested in the spiritual side of yoga, meditation, breathing…. even coming out of my shell and joining in the opening and closing ‘ohm’. I just couldn’t get enough. I was thirsty for more knowledge. How is this activity making me feel so completely new and amazing? I wasn’t getting enough in drop in classes so I enrolled in the 200 hour Teacher Training at Yoga Passage. From there it sparked me to take advance trainings in Yin, Restorative and Yoga Nidra. I was also drawn to the call to inspire and play so I enrolled in the Little Hippies Children’s Yoga training. July 2016 found me following my heart to Peru where I was so incredibly fortunate to complete another 200 hour training. This time delving into the mysticism and shamanism of Peru and Sivananda yoga. I also have completed a diploma in Holistic Nutrition, Usui/Tibetan Reiki Masters and Karuna Reiki Masters.

If you would have asked me all those years ago if I could or would be a yoga teacher I would have laughed and covered my face. Me? Talking in front of a group of people? In yoga pants? From the heart? Absolutely terrifying! No way! But now……without a doubt I have found my soul purpose. I’m following my wide open heart by sharing my love of yoga. I have found a community where I can just be me! My silly, fun, sensitive self!