Deanna Salazar, (aka Hypsy-Gypsy), RYT 200

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Like so many others, Yoga has lifted me out of a dark place in my life and has shown me how to lead life with a brighter perspective.

I have been devoted to my practice since 2010. I began my journey with a modest 5-10 minute morning meditation, then gently and gradually I started blossoming into the Yogini I now am.

I’ve been so turned on by my practice, I have been inspired to share Yoga with others. So, in 2020, I completed my 200 Hour Teacher Training in San Diego, plus a 14-Hour Pranayama Teacher Training.

I love Yoga because there’s no end to the journey. There is so much room for growth in many, perhaps infinite, directions. I love learning. A wise friend of mine said, “Every day is a school day.”

Along with my love of Yoga, I have a passion for the outdoors. I am a two-time cross-country backpacker, having hiked about 5,000 miles. I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2013 and fell deep in love, so I did it again and thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2018.

After that, my husband and I traveled overseas and abroad. Then in 2019, we converted a 2010 Chevy Box Truck into a tiny home on wheels. For almost 4 years, we’ve visited more than half of the US by foot and vehicle and it’s been a wild ride in the best possible way.

Both Yoga and the outdoors remind me of my connection to the entire cosmos, universe, or source. They offer me the opportunity to be aware of myself, my environment, and my place in it.  As a result, I move inward to observe myself and how I interact with the world around me. I have to go outside to move in! I love practicing Yoga outside and since 2018 have practiced mostly outside. It keeps me connected to the elements and reminds me that those same elements reside within me.

My teaching style is holistic, including mind, body, and breath. I often like to sum it up with my AIM: A) Accessibility, I) Inclusivity, M) Manageability. My chief concern is providing a space of safety and non-judgment for all. I like to “build on” as we move through practice, which allows students to achieve a posture, breathing, or meditation exercise with ease. It also offers variations during the practice, serving all levels of experience. I strongly believe that all 8-Limbs of the Yogic Path can and should be practiced on and off the Yoga mat. I also adore pairing music with practice. I often have music playing during Asana and include sound healing during many of my classes.

As a yoga guide, I am deeply committed to passing on the wisdom that yoga has imparted upon me. I am but a vessel and servant on a mission to share the magic of yoga with others.