Today we’d like to introduce you to Deacon Conroy.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Deacon. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Originally from Chicago, I moved to LA 13 years ago to pursue an acting career. Even when that career was going well, I felt very unfulfilled by it. In that time, I had developed a love for yoga, and knew from the very beginning that I could be a teacher. I found that a teacher that I liked was doing training in Bali, and signed up, booked a flight, and that trip completely changed the direction of my life. I quit acting a month after getting back from that trip and have been teaching nonstop ever since. I added my Mindfulness Meditation Teacher certificate about a year after that Bali training and currently teach both around Los Angeles.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The biggest struggle had been to find my own voice with it and discover what it was and how it was that I wanted to teach. You can try to emulate or be inspired by the teachers you’ve learned from along the way, but eventually, yoga asks the question – “what am I here to teach?” And that practice is to learn to pull on that thread of uncertainty and trust that you’ll be ok with what shows up.
Please tell us about your work.
I am a Yoga and Meditation Teacher. With Yoga, I teach well balanced, breath focused vinyasa and basics/beginners classes, but I probably know more for teaching Restorative and Yin classes. I like to try creative prop set ups, making restorative versions of standing poses, flipping poses upside down. It’s a really fun way to get people to learn to relax and to release their bodies into the full support of yoga props. I also teach Mindfulness Meditation classes separately, but often incorporate aspects of meditation or guided meditations into all of my classes.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
The teachers I studied within Bali, Matt Phippen and Kate Gillespe, were incredible and I felt well prepared to begin my career after studying with them. Also, my good friend Dalton Grant, who helped get me into yoga, when he kept asking me to come to his classes when he started teaching years ago.
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