Debbie found yoga later in life at age 45 in 2012 when she was invited by a friend to attend class and she immediately felt at hOMe. As a previously self-diagnosed type-A nervous nelly, she attributes yoga to the transformation of herself into a place of authenticity, acceptance, self-love, peace, and calm which she always felt curious about but didn’t know how to achieve before finding yoga.
Never had Debbie imagined how much yoga could change her life, having such a positive impact on her mind, body, and spirit. Prior to yoga, Debbie was one who always seemed to fight the current, swimming against it, but after yoga, she felt at ease as she started going with the current of life. With this attitude, life became easier, calmer, and she lost her “black cloud” that had previously seemed to follow her.
The lesson was that life, nature, Mother Nature, God, Creator, etc was “with” us, not against us and together we could manifest the life we want. Just be being still. Just by listening. Just by letting go. Letting go to the current of life is the key to living. It might have been late to get started, but timing seemed perfect and she has been attending classes and workshops ever since.
Wanting a deeper connection with yoga, Debbie completed her 200-hour certification through Pranakriya School of Healing Arts in 2018. She is also 1st degree Reiki Trained in Usui Tradition.Debbie believes yoga class doesn’t have to be a high impact, fast-paced, and/or high energy to be beneficial. In fact, she believes when life is already throwing that insanely fast pace in our faces, the yoga workout can become a work “IN” to be mindful; slowing down to the rhythm we all crave, but rarely give ourselves. Some of us don’t even know how to be slow and deliberate in our actions and thoughts. Can this be the goal of our “practice?” And can we give ourselves the gift of quiet minds, authentic souls, and loving hearts especially towards ourselves which provides us the tools, then, to take it into the world for others?
Debbie believes every small change can impact the world positively and she has personally experienced this change since yoga. Yoga is a way to connect with yourself, your class, and the world around you in ways you cannot do without yoga. Nothing compares to sharing yoga with like-minded people in a safe space. And yoga provides a safe space to breathe deeply, feel deeply, let go, and move the way you need to move. Not only that, but yoga gives tools to take into the world to provide a yoga state of mind anywhere, anyplace on an as-needed basis.
This is the gift her teachers gave her and Debbie would love to give this to her students. She has been on a lifelong journey to find herself and hopes that she can lead others into the same path of finding themselves in the journey of yoga; on the mat and off.
When not practicing yoga, Debbie enjoys her empty nest by spending time traveling the world and riding motorcycles with her husband, caring for her pets, reading, sitting on her porch swing, watching sunsets, walking, and laughing much.
Debbie was proud to be part of the inaugural class at Renkon studio. She fully embraces its philosophy that yoga is for EVERY body and she looks forward to sharing yoga with and learning from its students while leading classes there.