Deanna has been in the fitness industry since 1985, teaching group and individual exercise, cycling, and yoga classes throughout the Midwest and internationally. With a BSBA in marketing-management and a minor in athletic training from Missouri Southern Sate College and later undergrad and graduate coursework in advanced exercise physiology and psychology from Iowa State University, my education continues to be diverse in dance, martial arts, Pilates, yoga and massage therapy, as well as a variety of certifications and workshops by ACE, AFAA, AIFE and T.R.Y. for Life. Since 2004 I have been and continue to study with Shiva Rea and her Prana Vinyasa teacher training.
The classes I create accommodate a wide range of levels designed to empower you to do more than you thought possible in a safe, non-threatening environment. The benefits are more than meet the eye. Your reactions and/or responses to the challenges in your physical practice often reflect and carry over to those from the challenges of daily living. With the community developed in my classes, we can work individually on our well being, yet know we are together in enhancing our world around us.
As an independent contractor/sole proprietor, it is reassuring to meet others who are doing the same thing, have the same mindset but on a different path. It is even more thrilling when that other person is a student of mine and asks to be part of her team. It was a no brainer. Jen Margolis and Scott Simon founded Thrive. "We are happiness designers. We design experiences that spread happiness, and we inform our process with science. Thrive experiences create the optimal conditions for people to be their happiest, together."
We all have a purpose to serve, to give back, to pay it forward. I was honored to be selected as the first lululemon ambassador in Cleveland. Not only do they have a fantastic product line but they are all about community and bringing the community together with yoga, fitness, goal setting and education. I am a volunteer coach for Girls with Sole and I also volunteer teaching dance fitness to seniors at the Westside Community House. And last but not least, I volunteer for 88 Bikes, endowing bicycles to girls who are either at risk or have been rescued from human trafficking.
And the gratitude. I am truly blessed. I am so lucky to have the family I do. I have learned and feel supported by each of them, from Gramps who turned 101 to my dad who passed away in 1999, to the kids of my siblings and cousins. Each year during harvest I go home to our orchard, Center Grove Orchard, in Iowa and have another title as Director of Fun. What does this job entail? I can't even call it a job, it's so much fun! I am taking care of the farm animals which includes emcee'ing pig races and goat yoga. I am recess patrolling jumping pillows, pedal karts, apple sling shots and mazes. I am life guarding the corn pool which includes acro-yoga sessions. I am making the most delicious apple cider donuts and taste testing the delicious items from our scratch bakery and other food venues. And I have a team of farm-tastic people to help.
And back to my life in CLE, more gratitude. Many thanks to my teachers, Shiva Rea, the late Sri K Pattabhi Jois, David Swenson and his wife Shelly, Twee Merrigan, Kishan Shah, dancer's Chloe Hopson and Mohamed Tounkara, Vista Guapa Surf Camp instructors both past and present, American Canoe Association's Steve Scherrer and the fabulous local teachers as I am humbled and inspired through each of your teachings. And to my students, I am truly touched to share the journey. Love this Life! Live Your Inspired Life! ... Explore! Enjoy!
Photo Credit Andrea Berg/Berg Photography in Maxwell Iowa,