Deirdre Smith-Gilmer was introduced to yoga in 1994 in NYC. Since then, her yoga journey has taken her all over the globe and deep inside the pelvis. It has been a rich and rewarding path thus far.
Deirdre’s passion is to create a sense of belonging in her classes by coupling her serious dedication with a light-hearted approach. The welcoming environment of every class creates an atmosphere alive with questions, philosophy, and humor based on connecting real life situations to the physical practice of asana. Her classes give you a bridge of tools and practices that lead you from your mat into your life more passionately and skillfully.
Deirdre’s background as a professional modern dancer encourages her creative spirit to choreograph every “class as an intimate concoction of equal parts: inquiry of the heart, humility of the mind, and precision in expression of the body” (student Kris H). She is constantly approaching yoga from different angles yet maintains a steady commitment to alignment, as well as, physical & emotional safety.
Deirdre wishes to thank her family, her teachers, and the community for the many years of life and learning we have shared. The strongest influences to her teaching are: Pelvic floor work with Ginny Nadler and Leslie Howard, as well as, experiences in the Krisnamacharya Lineage through Ashtanga Vinyasa, Iyengar, Vini Yoga (Desikachar in Madras, India) and Anusara (formerly Certified).
Deirdre is E-RYT 500 Yoga Alliance certified and teaches public classes all around Asheville, Teacher Trainings around the country and private sessions at home. Her deepest passion is empowering and educating women about their pelvic floor.