About Lori Dean
When I was three years old, my parents enrolled me into a dance class. I loved it, and at that time, little did I know that it began my spiritual practice of movement. While taking classes in many forms of dance and also gymnastics, my focus was in ballet. I studied ballet with Ray and Jan Smith, both fellows of the Imperial Society of teachers of Dance in London, England who were awarded the Maestro Cecchetti Final Diploma, the highest classical ballet qualification obtainable. I completed exams in Cecchetti Ballet as their student. I attended dance intensives in the summer months during high school at the Dance Institute in Akron, Ohio, and then studied dance at the University of Akron. Dance teachers along the way introduced me to yoga and Pilates. I continued taking ballet and Pilates classes after college. I found the practices of yoga and Pilates to improve my strength and flexibility for dance, and the breath work helped me stay relaxed and in the present moment.
In 2011, I began a consistent yoga practice. I decided to try out a Pilates class at a local yoga studio. I got a 10-day pass and decided to try a yoga class. I immediately was hooked and I attended everyday of that pass and then signed up for more classes. I attended a variety of class types, including restorative, alignment, gentle, vinyasa, and Ashtanga. In 2013, I received the 200-hour yoga teacher certificate through the Jivasara Yoga Teacher Training program created by Marni Task.
After completing yoga teacher training, I focused on a daily home practice in Ashtanga yoga. The set series of poses in the Ashtanga Primary Series felt right for my body as it purified both my body and mind. At this time, I do not force myself to complete the entire Primary Series. I honor my body and focus on the poses I need. When I need a less strenuous practice, I do the complete opposite, a restorative yoga practice based on the teachings of Judith Lasater. Whatever practice I do, I focus on alignment, influenced by yoga teachers, Anne Ondrey and Tina DiCillo, and their teacher who I was fortunate to study with also, Ginny Nadler.
One of my passions is to take yoga to people outside of the typical yoga studio. I teach children and families yoga at underserved schools in the Cleveland area through ZENworks Yoga. I enjoy bringing yoga to the classroom and watching students relax during their stressful school day. I encourage them to use what they learn at home and share with their family and friends.
My experience with yoga lead me to Reiki. While practicing in various yoga studios, I came across Reiki. As I learned about the energy fields and Chakras in the body through my yoga training, I knew Reiki would be a wonderful complement to my yoga practice. During a challenging time in my life, I received Reiki and it assisted me through this time. As time went on, I decided that I wanted to share this practice with others. I completed Reiki Level I, Level II, and Level III/Master Teacher training with yoga teacher and Reiki Master, Tina DiCillo.
I also work as a freelance graphic designer for my business, LaBella Creative. The practices of yoga and Reiki benefit me in my business as I manage deadlines and multiple projects. These practices increase my creativity in my graphic design work and all aspects of my life.
I would like to share the practices of yoga and Reiki with you. I offer Reiki sessions for adults, children and animals, and I also provide private yoga instruction for children and adults.