A native to Philadelphia, Deva has been an art teacher for almost 10 years. With a Master’s degree in Art Education from University of The Arts, Deva has taught in both private and public schools in Philadelphia and Princeton, New Jersey. Deva is also the Co-Founder of the Fresh Artists ‘Palates To Palettes’ program. This novel art curriculum that takes Philadelphia middle schoolers into the best restaurants in Philadelphia to meet the chefs, eat their signature culinary masterpieces, and then sketch and paint a still life of that meal. The result was not only a wonderful learning experience for all involved with the added benefit of beautiful interpretations of the Philadelphia food scene made by the kids. As young philanthropists, they give the use of this art to Fresh Artists to raise money that delivers art supplies to severely underfunded public schools. Large reproductions of the winning paintings are available for a donation to Fresh Artists.
Deva noticed that teens are growing up with heaps of distractions all around them — from what you’re going to wear to the football game on Friday night, to the who-likes-who dramas, to Snapchat filters and group chats — there seemed to be much more interesting things to think about than algebraic equations. Yoga can help teens mentally refocus on the task at hand. By practicing living in the moment on the mat, teenagers can more fully concentrate on the present moment off the mat. For Deva, yoga taught her to remain present and gave her the tools she needed for better emotional intelligence and lower her anxiety to a competitive world.
Deva completed 200 hours of training through Three Queens Yoga, Grounded Kids, and Yoga Child, along guidance from mentors Mariel Freeman and Stacia Nero. Deva’s Jivamukti style class allows teens to experience a deep exploratory class that provides students with the underlying basics of how a vinyasa practice works. The teen yoga class focuses on aligning one’s breath and spiritual intention with movement and guided meditation.