Deana Aulisio-Cavan, 200 RYT
It has been nearly 20 years since Deana took her first yoga class with Kimberly Dahlmann in a little cabin in Barrington, NH. During those early years, a lifestyle of yoga emerged through a strong devotion to asana and pranayama practice, cultivated by an absolute belief in the tried-and-true methods of the Ashtanga and Iyengar lineages. Her beloved teachers provided her with abundant ability, humility, and the courage to become a teacher herself.
Deana's greatest spiritual teacher came into her life on April 27th, 2014—her son, Everett Thomas. Over the course of ten months, it became clear the reason why she had practiced so diligently for over a decade—to prepare her to take care of a child with cancer and to move through the devastation of his unfortunate death. Yoga taught her how to accept her suffering with grace and resiliency. From this harrowing experience, Deana pursued a new path in teaching children and adults with cancer, their caregivers, and the bereaved the yoga, breathing, and meditation techniques that gratefully kept her heart wide open. Through her and her husband’s non-profit, Rett’s Roost, she offers pediatric cancer families tools to better live with grief and trauma at free weekend retreats in Ogunquit, Maine.