Yoga in Action is a workshop inspired by Deidra’s Black History and Yoga photo Series. The series shows Deidra in yoga poses alongside notable Black Americans and objects related to the theme of the series. This workshop brings the series to our practice.
Deidra started this series as a way to celebrate Black History Month by honoring Black leaders in history including Josephine Baker, Malcolm X, John Coltrane, Shirley Chisholm, Fred Hampton, etc. Every year the series has continued with a new focus. For example, she has showcased Black leaders of today, Black women in history and paid respect to Black men that were victims of police brutality, violence, and racism. The 2021 Black History & Yoga Series honored Black culture, everything from music to philosophy. It’s amazing to learning how Black culture has inspired and influenced so much of what we do.
In this workshop we will practice many of the poses from Deidra’s photo series, pulling inspiration from the alignment and awareness of each posture, and the various leaders in Black history that are represented alongside each pose.
After class we will look at photos from past and current photo series, discuss our take on the photos examine our experience having that be a part of our practice.
This weekend with Deidra will be a chance to learn and experience through all aspects of our embodiment – asana, pranayama and coming together in community.
We plan that this zoom workshop will be recorded. Every registrant will receive access to the recording for one month. If you cannot attend the workshop live, you can pre-register and receive the recording.
$45 – Early Bird Special – register by Feb 1 and save $10
$55 per person
Or pay what you can. To register this way, send payment here and add a note that it’s for Deidra’s workshop. We will send you a confirmation email once you’re registered. Registration for this option must be done by Feb 1: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/adelineyoga
One hour prior to the workshop you will receive a unique zoom log-in and specific instructions.
First time on Zoom with us? Check out our tip sheet! Our tips will help you get ready for your first class with us.
Deidra Demens is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher – Level 2 – based in New York City.
She was first introduced to Yoga in 2004. While studying at The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago Illinois, Deidra explored various styles of Yoga, movement and breathing exercises as creative ways of expression.
Upon graduating, Deidra moved to New York to follow her dream of becoming a theatre artist. Between shows Deidra continued studying Yoga and began teaching in 2011.
After taking her first Iyengar class, Deidra was amazed at how much she learned in just one class. “I needed a foundation for my practice and teaching, I found it in Iyengar Yoga. The instructions were clear and precise. My interest in Yoga was elevated. My practice transformed, and so my journey began.” – Deidra Demens
Deidra graduated from the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York and became a certified CIYT in 2017. She is on the teaching faculty at the New York Institute and with Adeline Yoga’s Sadhana Studies program. Deidra’s approach to teaching is comprehensive and fun, her classes are dynamic and engaging. Through demonstration and detailed alignment Deidra seeks to both challenge and inspire her students.