DEANNA BLACK, R.Y.T. 500

I have been in the fitness industry since 1985, teaching group and individual exercise, cycling, and yoga classes throughout the midwest and internationally. With a BSBA in marketing-management and a minor in athletic training from Missouri Southern State College and later undergrad and graduate coursework in advanced exercise physiology and psychology from Iowa state University, my education continues to be diverse in dance, martial arts, Pilates, yoga, and massage therapy, as well as a variety of certifications and workshops by ACE, AFFA, AIFE, and T.R.Y. for Life.

The classes I create accommodate a wide range of levels designed to empower you to do more than your thought possible in a safe, non-threatening environment. The benefits are more than meet the eye. Your reactions and/or responses to the challenges in your physical practice often reflect and carry over to those from the challenges of daily living. With the community developed in my classes, we can work individually on our well-being, yet know we are together in enhancing our world around us.

We all have a purpose to serve, to give back, to pay it forward. I was honored to be selected as the first lululemon ambassador in Cleveland. Not only do they have a fantastic product line, but they are all about community and bringing the community together with yoga, fitness, and education. Through Zeta Tau Alpha I continue to contribute to the Susan G. Komen Foundation (breast cancer research) and I also volunteer teaching dance fitness to seniors at the Westside Community House.

Many thanks to my teachers, Shiva Rea, the late Shri K Pattahbi Jois, David Swenson, and his wife Shelly, Twee Merrigan, Kishan Shah, Daren Friesen, Passport Project's Chloe Hopson and Mohamed Tounkara and the fabulous local teachers as I am humbled and inspired through each of your teachings. And to my students, I am truly touched to share the journey. Love this life...Explore! Enjoy!