Over the course of the last two decades, Desiree Kleemann has taught yoga in her studio in Point Roberts, Washington, a small community along the US/Canadian border. Early on in that process she developed a flow-style yoga based on her earlier years as a professional modern dancer, and incorporating the teachings of the many artists, yogis and yoginis she studied with. Drawing from that Modern Dance experience as well as instructors such as Shiva Rea, Sharon Gannon, Sarah Powers and Judith Lasater, Desiree encourages students to find their own creative flow in their yoga practice.
Professional dance takes its toll on a body, and dancers, much like athletes, can come out of their profession with a myriad of chronic pains from the daily pounding they put their bodies through. Desiree was in that same boat, and when she came into the practice of yoga, she found she could not only alleviate many of these aches and pains, but also counteract the causes of these injuries and strengthen the core of the body against recurrences.
In her practice and her teachings, Desiree starts with a slow, complete warm-up of the entire body, easing into flowing movement through traditional yoga poses set to a creative selection of music. All this on unique six foot round Mandala Yoga Mats – a mat Desiree created through her desire to move through yoga sequences facing any and all directions. The shape represents a Mandala, a circle, an essence of wholeness, with no beginning or end, a continuous flow. To “experience the freedom of movement.” It is not a mat just for exercise, it is a mat to be creative on and enhance your yoga practice, experiencing the freedom of facing every direction in a flowing practice.
“When I step onto my mat I come home to the combination of my Modern Dance experience and my Yoga. I feel blessed and thankful every day to be able to teach others to help them find their own creative flow.”