through the body, connect to soul

Vinyasa I

This class is taught by:

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.

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.

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.

Eric Craver

Eric has lived in Alaska for 20 years and now lives in Anchorage with his wife and daughter. He has been practicing yoga since 2010 and teaching since 2015. He received his 200-hour teaching certificate with Karen & Bruce Greenwood, both pioneering members of the yoga community. Their training was alignment-based, giving Eric the foundation for his vinyasa flow that he enjoys teaching today. Expect a warm, challenging, high energy flow that will focus on the basics of alignment, movement and concentration. Eric wants his students to HAVE FUN while stretching their bodies, minds and hearts all the while rocking out to his fantastic playlists. 

Sarah Yoder

Sarah started yoga over 10 years ago in Colorado. After starting college, she missed her years of gymnastics and wanted to stay flexible, so she went to a yoga class and never looked back. Thankfully, yoga is much kinder to the joints! Many years after first planting the seed for becoming a yoga teacher, she received her 200-hour training from Anchorage Yoga in May of 2015. Through this training, she developed a deeper appreciation for all aspects of yoga, including those that extend beyond the poses. Sarah loves incorporating fun balancing poses and creativity into her classes. Due to her public health background, she also enjoys learning about the anatomy and health benefits behind the yoga poses and bringing that knowledge into her classes. Aside from yoga, Sarah enjoys hiking and skiing and she can almost always be guaranteed to be reading a book!

Natalie Wiggins

RYT-200, ND
As a Naturopathic Physician, Natalie has a significant interest in healthy living. That interest led her to take her first yoga class over 20 years ago, and she has been cultivating her yoga practice ever since. Yoga has been integral in nurturing 3 healthy pregnancies, recovering strength and range of motion following injuries, managing life's stressors, and deepening overall awareness. Initially charmed by the challenge of the physical postures, and the blissful feeling of moving through them; it is the mental training that fuels her daily practice. Her love of yoga led her to pursue further training to become an instructor, in order to share her passion with others. Natalie has a deep appreciation for all that yoga can offer, and her desire as an instructor is to spark that same appreciation in her students by leading them through thoughtful sequences, providing a balance between working up a sweat and mindful, moving meditation, while staying rooted in tradition.
A vinyasa flow practice where we explore all the usual postures (sun salutes, the warriors, backbends, hip openers) in a fluid and creative way. This is a practice where you can lose yourself in the simple rhythm of linking breath with movement. All levels, but expect to move your body! 80 degrees.

Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Aug 22 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Justine Schwab
  • Tue Aug 22 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Megan Piersma
  • Wed Aug 23 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Joyce Mayer
  • Thu Aug 24 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Eric Craver
  • Fri Aug 25 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Justine Schwab
  • Sun Aug 27 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm with Sarah Yoder
  • Mon Aug 28 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Natalie Wiggins
  • Tue Aug 29 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Justine Schwab
  • Tue Aug 29 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Natalie Wiggins
  • Wed Aug 30 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Joyce Mayer
  • Thu Aug 31 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Eric Craver
  • Fri Sep 01 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Justine Schwab
  • Tue Sep 05 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Justine Schwab
  • Tue Sep 05 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Natalie Wiggins
  • Wed Sep 06 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Joyce Mayer
  • Thu Sep 07 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Eric Craver
  • Fri Sep 08 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Justine Schwab
  • Sun Sep 10 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm with Sarah Yoder