Dean Spanley

“Only the closed mind is certain”

Published in: on December 1, 2013 at 9:35 pm  Leave a Comment  


“We would be running on parallel tracks destined never to cross again.”
~The Selected Works of TS Spivet

Illusionary statement: if the tracks are parallel they can not be destined to never cross again since to be parallel they could never have crossed before…. How can one little word, such as ‘again’, cause meaning to shift so drastically and therefore imagine how often our own intentions are lost in translation. Be gentle with those for whom you do not understand or those that misunderstand you…it could easily be a simple slip of the tongue.

Published in: on August 15, 2013 at 5:08 pm  Leave a Comment  


The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes. Agatha Christie

Published in: on May 29, 2013 at 4:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

New Yoga Class


After several years of teaching primarily private yoga classes I have decided it is time to teach an open studio class. If you would like to come practice yoga with me, my new class is Monday evenings 5:00-6:00 pm at Ophidia Studio on Chinden Blvd. Drop in rate is $7. I am excited to begin sharing yoga with another group of yogis.

Published in: on April 5, 2013 at 5:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

Missing in Action

I really have not abandoned my blog. It has been over a month since my last post and several months since a big post. I am happy to say I have been busy teaching yoga and performing aerial arts in multiple shows. I love to share via my blog, but have to say momentum really died after 300 posts.
Hopefully my existing posts and pages will continue to be read, since my ‘summer break’ has been extended into the cool weather holidays 😉

Published in: on February 1, 2013 at 6:27 am  Leave a Comment  

Perfectly Imperfect

Seek always to progress rather than to perfect.

~ Taro Gold

This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfection.

~ Saint Augustine

Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.

~ Leonard Cohen

Published in: on February 1, 2013 at 6:26 am  Leave a Comment  

Yoga and Pole Dancing?


Simply put anything that makes me feel whole is yoga to me. When I engage in an activity that brings me into the experience of the present and feels true to my heart I am practicing yoga. Like many people who have tried pole dancing, in the beginning, I worried what people would think. Would they get the wrong idea about me or judge me? It wasn’t long before I was ready to face whatever people thought. There was no way I was not going to keep spinning, dancing, climbing and yes writhing around that pole. Just like the first time I felt the world simultaneously disappear and come more clearly into focus while on the yoga mat I was physically and emotionally elevated on the pole. Yes the pole is phallic and makes it easier to dance in platform high heels, but it is an activity that makes me feel more alive and empowered than any other activity except maybe aerial silks! Yoga is as important to me as eating and breathing, but it is aerial dance whether on a pole or suspended that gives my life soul! Close your eyes and move in whatever way feels right. Don’t think just be.

Published in: on December 28, 2012 at 3:07 am  Leave a Comment  

Cultural Interpretations

Collectivist: “The nail that sticks up gets pounded down.”

Individualist: “The squeaky wheel gets the grease.”

One picture can look very different depending on the angle from which it is viewed.

Published in: on November 5, 2012 at 1:53 am  Leave a Comment  

Redlight Variety Show Opening Night!

I will be performing an aerial act in the next Red Light Variety Show.  Opening night is this Thursday!  The show will run for five nights: September 20, 21, 22, 28 & 29.

Published in: on September 18, 2012 at 11:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

Make it or break it…


Some activities strengthen relationships while others can weaken the bonds that connect us. The same activity can have different effects for different people. It is my belief that what keeps friendships and couples strong is not only learning what helps strengthen the bonds of connection, but to never quite trying new and unique ways to connect.

Published in: on April 24, 2012 at 4:28 pm  Leave a Comment