Deirdre Smith Gilmer
Deirdre began to practice yoga in 1994 to acquiesce her pesky friends that insisted she would fall in love with it.
Fortunately for her, they were right! From that moment began her almost 20 year love affair with the practice and teaching of yoga.
Deirdre's passion is to create a sense of belonging in her classes by coupling her serious dedication with a light-hearted approach.
Her classes are alive with questions, philosophy, and humor based on connecting real life situations to the physical practice.
Deirdre's background as a professional modern dancer in NYC encourages her creative spirit to choreograph every "class as an intimate
concoction of equal parts inquiry of the heart, humility of the mind, and precision in expression of the body" (student Kris H).
She is constantly approaching yoga from different angles yet maintains a steady commitment to alignment, as well as, physical & emotional safety.
Deirdre's gratitude, love, and adoration for her family, community and teachers is unbounded. Her strongest experiences and trainings have been in
the Krisnamacharya Lineage through Ashtanga Vinyasa, Iyengar, Vini Yoga (Desikachar in Madras, India) and Anusara (formerly Certified).
Deirdre, E-RYT 500 Yoga Alliance Certified, co-teaches Infusions and Teacher Trainings in the Bhavana Yoga School with Joe Taft.
She also leads workshops and "pelvis parties" because she has a great passion for empowering and educating women about their pelvic floor.
"I just wanted to thank you again. For now and for years ago. Thank you for being so real, honest, beautiful and vibrant.
Thank you for your thoughtfulness and compassion. For your intellect and insight. Thank you for sharing your struggles so we may all learn and grow from them.
Thank you for creating a space in which we can heal and mend ourselves. You are such a loving, tender bad ass." ... anonymous