When Didi von Deck first started Ashtanga yoga, three weeks after her third child was born, she recognized that Ashtanga is not like any yoga she had ever done before. After her first class, she found herself trying to get more yoga into her life. She started a daily practice and completed a number of workshops with David Swenson, Nancy Gilgoff, David Williams and Richard Freeman. She eventually went on to complete both 200 and 300 hour teacher trainings with Rolf Gates in order to further her understanding of how yoga works its magic. She has also traveled to India to study Ashtanga yoga with the Jois family, and while there, she studied Sanskrit, chanting and yoga philosophy. As a physician, she loves reading many of the numerous articles currently being published researching yoga’s effects on the body and mind and is fascinated how science is now proving what the ancient Indian rishis understood from their meditations on body, mind and spirit.
Because it captures her feeling about daily practice, Didi delights in Judith Hanson Lasater’s quote: “People often ask me, ‘Is it necessary to practice yoga every day?’ I tell them, ‘No, not at all. Just practice on the days you want to feel good!'”
Didi is eager to share the joy of feeling good through yoga with everyone. She is passionate about making yoga accessible to all, including her patients at the Cambridge Health Alliance where she is an orthopedic surgeon. She also is an ardent supporter of yoga and mindfulness in schools. She has deep gratitude to her teachers in all walks of life.