Deidra Demens was 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 enrolled in the Teacher Training at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York and became certified at Intro I/ II level in November 2017. Deidra went up for the next level of certification in Iyengar Yoga and became certified at the Intermediate Junior I level in October 2019. Deidra continues to study with her mentor Lara Warren, and is grateful for her support and inspiration. 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.




Get to know deidra

What are your goals as a teacher?
My goal as a teacher is to help people. If someone in my class is experiencing tension, or pain in their back and shoulders, I want to help them to relieve that stress. If someone has headaches, anxiety, or depression, I want to help them overcome that. If someone is pregnant, recovering from an injury, or a beginner, I want to help them where they are. And then, someone might come to my class and they just want to move, I want to be there for them as well. My goal as a teacher is to help my students wherever they are, however I can.
Who/ what inspired you to teach yoga?
My family inspired me to teach. My family has a history of diabetes, and bad knees run in my family. I wanted to find a way that I could help my mom, aunts, uncles, brothers, and grandparents ease, and eventually overcome those struggles. With yoga I found that I could help my family, and so many others.
What keeps you practicing?
It's the little things that I learn about yoga history and philosophy that inspires my life, and my journey, and sharing those experiences with my students. It's also the little things that I learn in my practice, like when I become aware of a part of myself that was not known to me before, and when I learn to access that new part of me, that I was not able to connect to before. It's all those little things that I find for myself, and being able to share it with my students that keeps me practicing.