We had the good fortune of connecting with Maureen Deering-Davis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maureen, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I began my business back in 2005 as a Yoga Therapist/Yoga Teacher to help those with injuries and chronic pain get their life back. From that point teaching and building my private practice, I have given hope to those who have lost it. I believe through the ethics of Yoga, that when we do yoga that energy affects us to be more positive by practicing mindfulness, but then our families and communities receive that benefit also. If you believe that energy attracts like mindedness then it has a ripple effect. Recently with COVID 19, where I was teaching publicly for the past five years, the studio closed. After three days of the closing, all of my students were contacting me saying “We need this more than ever, what are we going to do?”. I never in my wildest dreams thought I would be teaching solely online, but I met the call of my tribe. I jumped in front of the camera back in March and have not looked back. I have kept my community participating in wellness and helping them through current issues that are affecting all of us. My classes have more than just teaching physical postures. I meet the WHOLE PERSON. Because I am online now I can reach everyone all over the world.
Please tell us more about your career. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I am a Yoga Therapist/Teacher and Life Coach and started my career after 4 back surgeries. It was through the practice of Yoga that I decided this was my dharma (purpose) to help others overcome adversity. I have been teaching for over 18 years and I am most proud of the transformation I have seen in my clients through my private Yoga Therapy practice. I have had clients that could not even get onto the floor to do yoga, to now doing poses and practices that would never have been possible. I am a team player and as a Life Coach my guidance and strategy is to bring out the best in each person and help them overcome limitations. My coaching is based on Mindfulness. I help them to change the narrative of their story so that they can excel and grow both physically and mentally. Because of COVID after 18 years, my teaching and coaching has gone completely virtual. I am sad and excited at the same time. The sadness is that I helped create the yoga program at the last studio I was teaching at and after 5 years it had to close. As a matter of fact, I have taught at many studio’s and some have closed after I was teaching a majority of the classes. I was always starting over. I suffered a huge financial loss early in my career with a studio owner, but never felt that I would give up because I knew this was what I wanted to do in my life. Ultimately at this point instead of working for someone else and helping them make money, I can now create my own platform which I have called Makara Yoga Shala – an online studio for a deeper place of learning. Now instead of just teaching yoga, I can create meditation classes, teach modules for those who want to deepen their experience of yoga in philosophy or gaining a better understanding of what it is to live your Yoga, not just practice it. My goal is to reach a wider audience and be able to teach virtually all over the world. As the circumstances of COVID shut physical space down for me, it opened a whole new world of opportunity to not be tied down to one space in a local area, but to see that the potential to reach all is possible. Recently I just taught a class on Yoga Therapy in India online connecting with other Yoga Institutes over there. The power of the internet is working in my favor. I want everyone to know that you can overcome anything if you put your mind to it. I always knew in the deepest part of me that I was going to understand “why I am here” and meet the love of my life. That feeling inspired me to overcome a difficult childhood, abusive marriage, physical challenges, financial hardship. My life is meditation and yoga has taught me discipline and given me the tools to persevere no matter what obstacles come my way. My mission is to help others and inspire them to do the same. If I can do it, so can you!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take my best friend and actually have to my favorite place in Palm Springs called Korakia Pensione. The town of Old Palm Springs is thriving with art, great restaurants and at Korakia it’s a place to rejuvenate and relax completely. There are no TV’s, adult only environment and each room is Moroccan Style, unique and different. There is something about the energy there that is special. After recharging there, I would then take them to Laguna Beach to spend a few days at the beach. Orange County has some of the best beaches in Southern California. To finish the trip we would fly over to Phoenix where we would drive up to Sedona to hike and explore the vortex energy and visit some beautiful canyons and rock formations. When you are up at the top of Cathedral Rock looking at the expansion of the landscape, you can see for miles and miles. It is endless and so quiet. This itinerary would give a well rounded view from the desert to ocean which is magnificent. My friend would depart from Phoenix for their journey back home.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to shoutout to all my teachers Bernard Gunther, Saul David Raye, the faculty at LMU Yoga RX Program for the educational experience that I received. I especially want to thank all my students over the years who helped me grow and challenged me to be the best version of myself and allowed me to open up, speak my truth and encouraged me by showing up always to class and incorporating what they learned. It was through their growth that I could see that my efforts and teachings were being applied. As a healer/therapist, there is no greater joy than to see your student/client soar as you watch their lives change and know that you were an integral part of it. Also to my children Brad and Chelsea who have always supported my growth and have respect for all of my hard work. Lastly to my beloved Karun, who is the most divine being, a true partner, teammate and as a yogi taught me so many things.