About Dee Person
Dee Person is the premiere Mind, Body, and Wellness provider in the Main Line and Greater Philadelphia area. An Annapolis graduate and female combat veteran having served in the Persian Gulf during military Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, Dee is a Naval Officer currently serving at her present rank of Lieutenant Commander in the Navy Reserve Forces.
Yoga Education and Training:
Dee has been practicing yoga for 12 years and is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) through Yoga Alliance and is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). Dee completed her 200 hour yoga training course at with Silvia Mordini at Total Body Yoga Studio in Chicago, IL. She went on to specialize in Yoga Therapy and earned her 500 RYT certification at Inner Peace Yoga Therapy School, based in Durango, CO, one of only 12 yoga therapy schools accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Dee has studied under national teachers Nischala Joy Devi (yoga for heart disease), Amy Weintraub (Yoga for Depression), Antonio Sausys (yoga for cancer), Dr. Marc Halpern ( Ayurveda), Anne Douglas (Meditation), and Shar Lee (Yoga Therapy), and Mira Binzen (Yoga for Kids). She has received training from field experts Dr. Bessel van der Kolk (Boston University) in trauma and Dr. Lorenzo Alfonzo (MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston Texas) in cancer prevention and attends yearly training in these fields.
United States Naval Academy
San Diego State University
California College of Ayurveda
Integrative Restoration Institute
Certified Ayurveda Health Practitioner
Personal Trainer Certification
Meditation Instructor: Integrative Restoration Institute
Health Practitioner Internship (Graduating Oct 2015)
Certified Corporate Wellness Expert from Well.org
Mental Health First Aid Certified
Yoga Therapy and Offerings:
Dee practices and teaches Hatha yoga and gentle Vinyasa sequences. Her therapeutic focus includes Yoga for Cancer, PTSD (iRest & Yoga Nidra), Grief, Depression & Anxiety, Heart Disease, Chronic Pain, and Adaptive Chair Yoga. Dee has worked with cancer survivors, active duty military members, veterans, college athletes, individuals living with Fibromyalgia and Multiple Sclerosis, and victims of sexual or physical assault.
Dee is an Ayurveda Health Practitioner and Educator. Dee completed an extensive 4 year program to become an Ayurveda Health Practitioner at the California College of Ayurveda; the largest and most reputable Ayurveda school in the United States. Dee began incorporating Ayurveda techniques into her lifestyle after coming back from multiple deployments to the Middle East and experiencing health issues that included fertility, arthritis, neck and leg pain, deep anger and anxiety. Often grouped under the category of "STRESS" by doctors, Dee chose holistic remedies from the Ayurveda tradition to heal her body. An ancient science of health, Ayurveda is based on the concept that disease is due to an imbalance or stress in the individual's mind and or body. Ayurvedic practices encourage certain lifestyle interventions and natural therapies to regain a balance between the body, mind, and the environment.
A Philadelphia native, Dee attended high school at Villa Maria Academy in Malvern, PA where she served as team captain of the 1994 state champion field hockey team, was a 1st team All-State selection in field hockey, stand-out in track and swimming, and senior class president. Dee continued her education at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland where she completed her Bachelors of Science degree and earned a commission as an Officer in the United States Navy. During her collegiate athletic career, Dee was the 1996 National Collegiate Champion in Powerlifting for her weight class and held national collegiate records for the bench press, squat and deadlift. After commissioning as an Officer, Deidre received a Personal Fitness Trainer certification from the San Diego State University in San Diego, California. This education and training enabled Dee to serve as the Physical Fitness Leader for five different units throughout her military career, a role held directly accountable for the Personal Fitness Testings, standards, and wellness programs of over 800 enlisted sailors during her 10 year Naval Career.
Currently residing in Chester County, Dee is happily married and a mother of 3 fantastic children. Dee understands the importance of taking good care of herself and leading a life of health and wellness as a living example for her young family. Having lost her brother at a young age to heart disease and being personally predisposed to genetically high cholesterol (along with a strong family history of high blood pressure and spinal stenosis -narrowing of the spinal column), Dee has dedicated her life to educating herself and others on health and wellness. Dee came to Yoga while navigating turbulent times in her life. In a small window of time, she experienced consecutive miscarriages and learned the unexpected news of a brother's death. Yoga served as a powerful catalyst to emotional and spiritual recovery. As she continued her yoga practice, the inward journey she experienced changed her life. She hopes to spread the benefits of self-healing that Yoga, Meditation, and Ayurveda can bring to one's life. If nothing else, Dee hopes to share how overall mind body wellness can renew a consistent, reliable, and empowering inner strength each and every day.