- Solola, Guatemala
Experienced 500hr Yoga Alliance Certified.
Debbie Mathew on practicing yoga.
“It has truly been the guiding light of my evolution as a human being. When I explore the practice and wisdom of yoga deeply, I gain wisdom, compassion and feel the expression of my greatest potential.”
I have been practicing yoga since 1981, having fallen in love with the practice after my first class. Since then I have explored many differing traditions, and integrated the various practices that resonated with me, into my own teaching style.
I began with the intelligent alignment proffered by BKS Iyengar. This yoga master’s focus on the slow and steady building of body awareness, and the importance of alignment and props, laid a solid foundation for my practice and teaching. I continued solely studying with Iyengar trained teachers through the early 1990’s.
In 1993, I moved to the Rocky Mountains, and for many years attended the annual Estes Park Yoga Journal Conference, where I practiced with a variety of teachers, representing many hatha traditions, from Kundalini (with Gurmukh), to Astanga (Richard Freeman), Iyengar (Judith H. Lasetar, Patricia Walden, Rodney Yee).
I began teaching yoga full time in 2003, in Laramie, WY, opening a downtown studio in 2005, the same year I became certified through Yoga Alliance: RYT 200 (Registered Yoga Teacher – 200 hour training).
My interests expanded into the more subtle teachings of breath work (Pranayama) and meditation. So I deepened my studies with longer workshops and trainings with Tias Little (Prajna Yoga), Saraswati Buhrman (RMIYA – teachings of Baba Hari Das), and Richard Miller, with whom I did a Yoga Nidra training. I continued studies with Aadil Palkivala (Purna Yoga), with whom I completed a therapeutic teacher training, some of which involved the use of the Wall Rope System.
From 2006 onwards, I began teaching numerous workshops, in addition to the regular classes. In 2009, private consultations for therapeutic purposes evolved, which has expanded greatly since 2012, when I focused upon the therapeutic applications of yoga during the 500 hour certification program with Joseph and Lillian Le Page.
I am also venturing more deeply into Ayurvedic studies, as they apply to yoga practices (asana, pranyamana, meditation) and nutrition.
I continue to teach a variety of classes, workshops and do private and semi-private consultations to engage rebalancing of physical, psychological and spiritual aspects of being human.