through the body, connect to soul


This class is taught by:

Megan Piersma

ERYT500, YACEP & Founder of Deha Yoga
Megan found yoga in college in 2003 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 received her 200-hour training in 2011 and completed her 300-hour training with Semperviva Yoga College in Vancouver, BC in early 2017. She gives gratitude to the many teachers that have helped inform her style: Bernie Clark's Yin Yoga, Judith Hanson Lasater's Restorative Yoga, Gurmukh and Gloria Latham's Kundalini Yoga, Adyashanti's True Meditation, Clara Roberts-Oss and Janet Stone's Vinyasa Yoga, Shelley Christopherson and Dr. Katy Komenda's Sanskrit for Yogis, Tiad and Surya Little's Prajna Yoga Style and so SO many more. Megan pulls on many styles, sources and lineages in her classes and 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.

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.

Kara Troglin

Kara's love for yoga began over ten years ago when she experienced immediate relief from stress and physical and emotional pain. The practice was at first a hobby that would come and go, until after graduation when she moved to Alaska. Kara was challenged by severe depression and anxiety so she recommitted herself to a daily practice and had spent the last three years building her home practice, committed to self-healing and expanding her knowledge of yoga to share with others.

In 2017, Kara completed her 500-hour teacher training with Zuna Yoga in Bali, Indonesia under the supervision of masterful instructors.
Kara's focus is on making yoga accessible to every person and adapt classes around each students individual needs. It is her passion to share how yoga is deeply healing and transformational and her classes are heavily inspired by the power of breath, authentic transparency, and our connection with the natural world.

Justine Weitzman

Justine experienced her first taste of yoga over a decade ago, and after 5 years of falling in and out of a practice, she stepped whole-heartedly onto the path of yoga when she began to shift her perspective from a purely physical practice, to something that could be woven throughout all aspects of life. Her curiosity about the inner workings and determination to dissect the practice of yoga brought her to her first 200-hr training in 2015 through School Yoga Institute. Through consistent and devoted teaching since, exploratory 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. She continues to educate herself on the synchronicity between the present moment and the natural cycles of life. Since stepping into Deha Yoga, she has expanded her offerings through various trainings, including Yoga Nidra, Chakra training with Anodea Judith, as well as Megan Piersma’s Yin Yoga & Restorative Yoga Teacher Training. Megan has been deeply influential to the teacher Justine is today, and the opportunities and growth the studio and community has offered to her journey is irreplaceable. Her heart is truly present in all she teaches, as her inspiration comes from a desire to deeply connect and awaken to the truth of ourselves: that we are pure LIGHT!
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. For many, this class provides a deep energetic release as well. Because Yin Yoga targets ligaments, bones and joints, it is not recommended for those working with an active or recent injury, or for women in their 3rd trimester of pregnancy. 75 degrees.

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Dec 17 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm with Megan Piersma
  • Wed Dec 19 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Joyce Mayer
  • Thu Dec 20 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm with Kara Troglin
  • Wed Dec 26 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Joyce Mayer
  • Thu Dec 27 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm with Justine Weitzman
  • Wed Jan 02 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Joyce Mayer
  • Thu Jan 03 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm with Megan Piersma
  • Mon Jan 07 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm with Megan Piersma
  • Wed Jan 09 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Joyce Mayer
  • Thu Jan 10 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm with Kara Troglin
  • Mon Jan 14 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm with Megan Piersma
  • Wed Jan 16 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Joyce Mayer
  • Thu Jan 17 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm with Kara Troglin
  • Mon Jan 21 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm with Megan Piersma
  • Wed Jan 23 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Joyce Mayer
  • Thu Jan 24 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm with Kara Troglin
  • Mon Jan 28 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm with Megan Piersma
  • Wed Jan 30 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Joyce Mayer