through the body, connect to soul


This class is taught by:

Megan Piersma

ERYT-200, RYT-500, Founder of Deha Yoga
Megan found yoga in college over a decade ago and has been consistently practicing ever since. Her practice on the mat has been incredibly fulfilling in that it requires a constantly shifting perspective of the physical body. But it was her practice OFF the mat that guided her to open Deha Yoga in February of 2016. Megan initially received her 200-hour training in 2011 and completed her 300-hour training with Semperviva Yoga College in Vancouver, BC in early 2017. She has attended numerous trainings around the country, is currently studying the Yoga Sutras, is enrolled in a 250-hour yoga history & philosophy program and is doing her personal work at the White Raven Center. She is humbled daily by the incredible community of yogis that have supported, challenged and taught her how to be a better spiritual being. Megan requires much of her students – that they support their bodies, train their minds and connect to their own personal source of power. You will sing, dance, shake, cry, move, learn, settle, surrender, breathe, laugh and allow. Megan encourages you to be unconditionally curious in all that you do.

Justine Schwab

Since Justine began her journey into teaching in 2015, every direction she turns she meets inspiration and motivation to remain on this path. She began her yoga journey 9 years ago, and after 5 years of falling in and out of her practice, she found consistency and devotion through her discovery of Self. It was the transition of shifting her experience of yoga from a purely physical practice that happened in a class, to something she carried with her in each moment. Breath, awareness, movement. Her curiosity about the workings of the mind, our relationship with ourselves and our bodies, and the transformative impact of yoga drove her to take the leap she had always feared to take, and in August of 2015 she left the country for the first time to complete a 200-hr training in Costa Rica. Through consistent teaching since, personal practice, various healing modalities through White Raven Center, and an insatiable hunger to discover more about the human experience, she has found a teaching style that combines building a relationship with the body, mind, and spirit, and challenging ourselves to settle into the comforts and discomforts of the constant ebb and flow of life. Her time spent at Deha Yoga has been central to the teacher she is today, and the opportunities and growth it has offered to her journey is irreplaceable. Her heart is truly present in all she teaches.

Hannah Wagner

Hannah's yoga journey began the moment she arrived in Anchorage in 2013. Apparently finding a place to live or unpacking her car was not as important as going to a yoga class! Through the power of our Alaskan community, the idea of 'yoga' all of a sudden became less intimidating and more accessible to her physical body and mind.

Hannah's classes celebrate the ability to move and breathe as one, honor our uniqueness, and share our energies with one another. Embracing these ideas have allowed Hannah to develop a consistent practice and be comfortable sharing and being with her own vulnerabilities.Hannah ultimately practices yoga for mental and emotional health. To connect to a divine power that is much bigger than the physical and ignite that power within others as we learn and grow from one another. In effort to deepen her practice both on and off the mat, she enrolled in Anchorage Yoga Teacher Training in 2016. Hannah hopes to offer students a safe, insightful, unique expression of their body and breath in class. Embracing the power of vulnerability and unfamiliarity, with the ultimately goal of taking these principal teachings off the mat and into student's every day lives.

Hannah is a pediatric speech language pathologist in Anchorage and spends her free time hiking, gardening, and nurturing her bunny, Banjo.

Joyce Mayer

Joyce has taken the long road to teaching, through a beginning practice 35 years ago, as an exhausted college student, in a dusty church attic in Harvard Square, years of dance (as a student and performer), Pilates, and multidisciplinary spiritual practice. Her academic experience includes a degree in molecular biology, with special studies in vertebrate development and structure. She is an adjunct professor in ballet at UAA Department of Theater and Dance, instructs ballet at Pulse Dance Studio, and teaches Pilates at Alaska Dance Theater. After years of parenthood, performance, and teaching, a return to active yoga practice provided a means of grounding her kinesthetic impulses in a consciously integrated technology, that is healing, joyful, and provokes endless exploration. She received her 200 hour teacher training through Anchorage Yoga, in 2014, and hopes to extend to her classes the opportunity to gather what they seek from the experience, and to be open to the possibility of the unexpected.
This is a practice that stays low to the floor, but works deep into the connective tissues, fascial networks and joint capsules of the body. Primary focus is placed on the pelvis. Postures are held for extended periods of time to allow for muscular release. Once muscles release, the deeper “yin” tissues of the body are able to receive the benefits of the posture. Because Yin Yoga targets ligaments, bones and joints, it is not recommended for those working with an active or recent injury. For many, this class provides a deep energetic release as well. 75 degrees.

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Oct 23 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Megan Piersma
  • Wed Oct 25 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Justine Schwab
  • Fri Oct 27 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Hannah Wagner
  • Sat Oct 28 11:30 am - 12:45 pm with Joyce Mayer
  • Mon Oct 30 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Megan Piersma
  • Wed Nov 01 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Justine Schwab
  • Fri Nov 03 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Hannah Wagner
  • Sat Nov 04 11:30 am - 12:45 pm with Joyce Mayer
  • Mon Nov 06 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Megan Piersma
  • Wed Nov 08 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Justine Schwab
  • Fri Nov 10 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Hannah Wagner
  • Sat Nov 11 11:30 am - 12:45 pm with Justine Schwab
  • Mon Nov 13 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Megan Piersma
  • Wed Nov 15 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Justine Schwab
  • Fri Nov 17 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Hannah Wagner
  • Sat Nov 18 11:30 am - 12:45 pm with Joyce Mayer
  • Mon Nov 20 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Megan Piersma
  • Wed Nov 22 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Justine Schwab
  • Fri Nov 24 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Hannah Wagner
  • Sat Nov 25 11:30 am - 12:45 pm with Joyce Mayer