Yoga is the Journey to Wholeness

Through weekly classes, workshops, retreats or conversation, I am here to help guide you on this journey toward vibrant, healthy living. 

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Mission Statement

My mission is to create a welcoming, inspiring and judgement free space where individuals can come together, explore, learn and experience the transformative practice of yoga. That space may be in yoga studios, community programs, places of worship or now, in virtual circles.  That space is always open to everyone.

I truly believe that the way toward peace is to find peace within.  Peace takes practice. The practices of yoga, including the poses, the breath work, meditation and guidelines for living, have been my roadmap to living a more peaceful, balanced life.  I am committed to sharing these teachings and practices with my community.

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Style and Approach

While each yoga class I offer is unique (depending on the season or time of day, the physical space and our collective intention), you can always expect clear instruction on alignment and breath, safe, progressive sequencing with options for adapting or varying postures, and a supportive community. I teach in a style that honors the roots of classical yoga and is informed by decades of personal practice and training in the ashtanga, Iyengar and yin traditions. 

You may hear me say in class: "Stand in a way that embodies how you want to be and feel today. . ." Through an embodied practice, I believe how you show up on your yoga mat can set the template for how you want to show up in the world. 

Through a steady-paced, soulful vinyasa flow style practice with quiet moment for self inquiry and contemplation, it is my hope to guide students inward to experience peace. 

Whether on Zoom through a curated playlist, or in studio with a soundtrack of uplifting songs and intentional silence, you can always look forward to music that will add to your experience. 

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Trainings and Certifications

I am a dedicated student and practitioner of vinyasa flow-style yoga, yin yoga and meditation. A workshop-enthusiast and life-long student, I have completed the following trainings. Additionally, I developed and taught as a lead instructor the Yoga Alliance Certified 200-hour training

and 100-hour yoga Yoga Immersion at Reach Yoga with Paul Weitz in 2015-6, and 2017.

  • 200-hour Teacher Training at Moksha Yoga Center with Daren Friesen, 2008

  • 35-hour training in Yoga for Depression and Anxiety with Amy Weintraub, 2009

  • Apprenticeship in yoga therapy with Gabriel Halpern, 2009

  • 35-hour Yin Yoga and Anatomy training with Paul Grilley, 2011

  • 35-hour Smart Flow Teacher Training with Annie Carpenter, 2012

  • 100+ hour training in Yoga for Cancer Survivors with Laura Kupperman, 2012

  • Yearlong study of Baghavad Gita with Ramaa Krishnan, 2012-2013

  • 500-hour Advanced Teacher Training at Yogaview with Tom Quinn, Quinn Kearney, Claire Mark, Geri Bleier, Sara Strother, Megan Dunne, 2014

  • Mindfulness Meditation Immersion and Teacher Training at Chill Chicago Fall 2018

  • Kenissa Cross Training for Jewish Spiritual Leaders and Educators, 3-day Immersion, December 2019

  • Yin Yoga Training, Weekend Immersion with Chuck Frenkel, February 2020

  • 500-hour Advanced Teacher Training with Sharyn Galindo at North Shore Yoga, 2020

TESTIMONIALS

“I had a wonderful experience on Deb’s retreat. She was very inclusive and welcoming, which was important since I was traveling by myself and had never attended a retreat before. She scheduled just the right amount of activities.  There was no pressure to join but each one had a physical and mental benefit that I wasn’t expecting. I especially enjoyed the long hike in the woods where we enjoyed nature and got to know each other. The yoga was for all levels and Deb is a thoughtful and creative teacher who shares physical practice tips and life wisdom in a subtle, non-intimidating way.  The trip was a great escape from “real life” and I’d definitely attend again.”

—  2018 Yoga Retreat Participant