DeAnna has practiced meditation since the late 60′s when she was six years old and a physician taught her breathing exercises to calm her mind and cope with the effects of chronic anxiety. Though DeAnna didn’t have the words meditation or yoga to attach to this practice, she had begun her journey as a yogi.
DeAnna practiced meditation and later yoga on her own and with various teachers through her early 40′s. Diagnosed at that time with rheumatoid arthritis and Sjogren’s, she suddenly faced limited mobility, as well as daily chronic pain and fatigue. After a particularly painful week in 2007 she decided to check out the Kashi Atlanta classes at Tucker Rec, where she began practicing regularly with Jeanne Purdy and later Chris Bagby. Under their guidance she experienced remarkable improvements in her overall health and well being, and felt called to share the benefits of yoga with others. Drawn to Swami Jaya Devi as a teacher, and with the encouragement of both Jeanne and Chris, DeAnna enrolled in Kashi Atlanta’s Classical Yoga Teacher Training program and completed her training in 2013. She served as an apprentice the following year. If you ask her, DeAnna will say she gained so much more than a teaching certificate from Kashi Atlanta; she found food for her soul.
In addition to teaching at Tucker Rec, DeAnna teaches yoga classes through Agnes Scott College’s athletics department, and teaches meditation and yoga on a volunteer basis through Agnes Scott’s employee wellness program.
DeAnna feels a deep commitment to teaching people coping with chronic illness, pain or anxiety. Her classes focus on deep stretching, alignment, pranayama and meditation. Her students have described her classes as compassionate, energizing, and gently challenging, and her teaching style as calming with a sense of playfulness and good humor. DeAnna thinks the best asana of all is a great big belly laugh.