Poise, Posture, Presence
It's not what you do, it's how you do it.


Deena Odelle Hyatt

What I do:

I help people free themselves from harmful habits so they can move gracefully through no matter what life throws at them. I teach a more sustainable and creatively productive way to work, create, and be. Through collaborations and partnerships with creative people of service, we make space for learning, healing, adapting, growing.

I’m also a poet, voice-over actor. These also involve a great amount of focused, integrated attention, as well as cultivating presence. My creative work helps my well-being and informs my wellness practice.

Why I do it:

As a trauma-informed, chronic pain survivor, I tapped into the incredible resilience we have with the right kind of tools and gentle support.

When I realized how much this work impacted my life beyond getting me out of chronic pain, I started seeing how I must help other discover this for themselves. I also gained a greater creative flow, more confidence in my body, an empowered voice, and a holistic healing also of my heart. I have come to know that my raison d'être is to help others on this journey of self-discovery and betterment.


Read this article to learn more about Deena //

Changing Habits that Hurt Us: An interview with Deena Hyatt ▸


My Journey

When I started studying The Alexander Technique I had been in chronic pain for three years and lost functioning of my right hand.

After they doctors took my first rib out and scalene muscle to “create space,” I was still in pain and they had no answers. Then I somehow learned about The Alexander Technique and slowly got myself out of layers and layers of bad habits and to a place of freedom.

This photo was taken on my first lesson with Marian Goldberg in 2009. When I came to Marian, I was completely unaware that I had fallen into such bad habits, but we just started working and things started changing.

By learning to stop doing what I was doing wrong, it allowed the right things to start happening. As I learned to not overuse certain muscles, my back and core strengthened. My movements became smoother as my coordination improved, as did my breathing and vocal control! The windows of pain became smaller and smaller, and six months later I was finally pain free.

2009 / 2014:  Note the dramatic shift in my shoulder slope and where my jaw line sits.

2009 / 2014: Note the dramatic shift in my shoulder slope and where my jaw line sits.



I'm an AmSAT™ certified teacher. AmSAT™ Teachers train hands-on for a minimum of three years (1600 hours). I have also done advanced studies totaling over 1800 hours of training.

The American Society for the Alexander Technique


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