PHILOSOPHY

Deanna McLaughlin, ERYT 500

Deanna’s phi­los­o­phy is to edu­cate and facil­i­tate one’s aware­ness of how very capa­ble we are of heal­ing our own Selves over time with­out the aide of medications. Patience and persistence are sometimes difficult for individuals to have with themselves. Using guided imagery and a focus on developing a meditative state prior to beginning any movement aides individuals in feeling competent capable and confident.

Deanna has extensive experience working with people of all ages and levels of mental and physical abilities. Combining her skills as an educator, yogi, and former art therapist, Deanna guides students on their inward journey to gain flexibility, build concentration, reduce stress of the mind and body, and tap into natural abilities to create positive, healing energy
from within.

A compromising diagnosis of uterine cancer at the age of 25 spurred her to make life changes. With her 2nd diag­no­sis at 27, she exited her previous career as an art therapist in Ohio to move to Philadelphia, where she began for­mal study of Tao Yin Yoga with Sifu Chik Mason in 1993. The effects she experienced within herself after one class prompted Deanna’s desire to learn more about the heal­ing aspect of the physical postures involved in yoga.

The Tao Yin style differs from other types of yoga in its blend of chi-gong with the yoga poses. Most postures are done on the floor for additional support for the body to open naturally and safely. Poses emphasize wringing out the organs and opening the space between the joints to encourage flow of circulation throughout the body. Classes are tailored to meet the needs of participants requests.