• Congratulations Deanne Thomas!
     

    Deanne brings a special light into the studio. She keeps our walls humming with laughter; while she educates and improves the lives of others. She shows her students a understanding, empathy and kindness, which reminds us all to be accepting of our own conditions. I once heard her say to a class, "We don't stop playing because we get old, we get old because we stop playing." This quote by George Bernard Shaw embodies Deanne's true nature. Find vitality in movement, hold fast and live a quality life.

    Deanne, what placed you on a path to become a yoga teacher?

    I literally limped into my first yoga class with a badly damaged knee from an old skiing accident that had been followed by an even more damaging knee surgery. (Decades ago when I had the surgery, the cure was worse than the injury!) I'll never forget how absolutely amazing I felt after that class. For so many reasons (including the fact that my knee felt better), I walked out more relaxed and happy than I had been in a long time. I knew right then that yoga was special and that I needed to pursue it. I jumped into a serious daily practice; which amassed into a strong desire to pass the benefits on to others.

    That is so inspiring! As you move through your yogic practice, what theme calls to you the most?

    It's going to sound cliché, but the heart of my yogic practice is "going within." Spending time "checking in" while moving, stretching and breathing. I find a physical, emotional and spiritual well- being that permeates my whole life. Yoga is therapeutic on all levels; it's the most powerful "pill" I've ever taken!

    If you could only accomplish one major goal through your teaching, what would it be?

    I want to dispense "the pill" to others so that they too can enjoy the therapeutic benefits of yoga. My intention is to make classes fun, safe and relaxing so that students feel comfortable as they first begin exploring yoga and later come to realize what a positive impact it has on them! It's so fulfilling watching people who have spent their whole lives "in their heads" finally start connecting with their bodies and opening up to a whole new paradigm of being in the world.

    Deanne, we would like to know a bit about you outside of teaching. What were you doing before you started teaching yoga?

    I was born, raised, and educated (University of Utah) in Salt Lake City, Utah where being active was always an important part of my life. I hiked and skied and road my bicycle everywhere (including a coast-to-coast trip from Oregon to Virginia). But, all that came to a stop when I "blew out" my knee in the ski accident mentioned above. To keep moving, I took up swimming, but over time it started hurting my shoulders. The universe clearly kept nudging me towards a yoga practice, which I discovered after a decade of marriage and two children. Being lead onto the yogic path, I became certified to teach and have continued studying under many innovative yoga instructors such as Paul Grilley and Jill Miller. I am very grateful for this yogic path the universe has led me down.

     

    So, are we! We are so very grateful to have you as part of the yoga community. We are honored to be a part of your journey. Thank you for all that you do. We are so delighted to have you as a part of our Grace Yoga family.