Dana Deschenes

I was introduced to ashtanga yoga by Eric Andrews (Water & Stone Yoga). The challenge and discipline involved in the
practice kept me coming back. Kimberly Dahlmann (Yoga East-Kittery, ME) and Caroline Klebl (Source of Yoga) showed me how to teach in seperate 200hr trainings focused on ashtanga. Jennnifer Morrison (Studio 72-Portland, ME) helped me become a better practitioner and afforded me the honor of holding the space at Studio 72 in her absence.

The classes I lead are not traditional ashtanga yoga but are formed around the ashtanga practice, postures, breathing techniques, and the concepts of bandha and vinyasa. People can be intimidated by ashtanga yoga’s reputation as being dogmatic, rigidly structured, inflexible, and too difficult. Classes I lead make ashtanga yoga easy to approach and accessible to everyone, adapting to individual needs and class interests with compassion and a sense of humor. After all, it’s just yoga.

My hope is to help folks find their way to a long term yoga practice that works in their lives. Anyone can do yoga and everyone will benefit. Here in the valley folks play hard and many of us don’t focus much on flexibility. One of the best ways to avoid injury and get the most from the activities this area offers is to have a daily stretching routine. Ten minutes of sun salutations in the morning can set us up for a better day. And a longer practice with regularity over time can make the difference between suffering with chronic issues and experiencing a less painful life. Along with improved flexibility, ashtanga yoga asana practice provides a focus on the breath and concentration of the mind, helping to
settle the nervous system and center the practitioner. Come practice and settle down. Dynamic yoga practice also keeps the body trim, massages internal organs, maintains supple joints, opens the hips, mobilizes the shoulders, breaks up internal congestion, develops balance, strength, & stamina and gets us rolling around on the floor which, if you haven’t done it lately, is a lot of fun.

Come practice at Be Well Studios. We offer many teachers and approaches to yoga, something for everyone. Why not give it a try? Find a teacher and method (or teachers & methods) that appeals to you and let a regular yoga practice settle in for a while. Yoga practice can heal the body, calm the mind, and improve the overall quality of your life.

Dana teaches Ashtanga Yoga Mondays, Wednesdays, and Sundays at 6 PM  

Dana also teaches Restorative Yoga on Fridays at 6 PM

Ashtanga Practice – Half Primary Sundays 6 PM – 7:30 PM

This isn’t really a traditional Half Primary but it’s similar. After quick warm-up practitioners will move directly into the sun salutations with traditional Sanskrit count and the full ashtanga standing sequence with plenty of assists/adjustments. Then in the seated sequence, we skip around a bit. Practice finished with back bending, inversions and rest. This is a great class for folks who want to learn about traditional ashtanga yoga practice. It is a dynamic practice. Modi cations for some of the more advanced postures are provided.

Easy Ashtanga Mondays 6 PM – 7: 15 PM

This class will focus on the fundamentals of traditional Ashtanga asana practice: breath, bandha, vinyasa. We’ll begin with yoga breathing practices and a little warm-up, then move into sun salutations and the primary standing postures. The class will finish with seated postures and rest. Geared towards those interested in learning about the Ashtanga practice and those just beginning or getting back into yoga practice. Appropriate for all levels.

Ashtanga-Based Practice Wednesdays 6 PM – 7:30 PM

This is an ashtanga-based practice with a lot of messing around. Fun dynamic practice! Warm-up, sun salutations, hip open-ers, lots of standing postures, seated postures, arm balances, back bends, inversions – cool down, rest. Everything we can into an hour and a half – come and get it!