About The Teacher

Dr. Deborah Kern is a health scientist who dares people to live in harmony with the wisdom of their bodies. This conviction was inspired by her pioneering research showing that mind/body integrated approaches to exercise are more effective at reducing anxiety than conventional approaches to exercise.

Click to read Dr Deborah Kern’s Article on: A Comparison of a Mind/Body Approach Versus a Conventional Approach to Aerobic Dance.

This discovery stimulated Dr. Kern to go deeper. Her search has included studying and practicing:

Herbal medicine while living with indigenous women in the rainforest of Costa RicaYogic lifestyle while living on an ashramNia – a cardiovascular exercise that blends movements from the martial arts, dance, body integration therapies and yogaAyurveda – the ancient healing system from IndiaPhoenix Rising Yoga Therapy – a body mind therapyExotic Dance for Everyday Women

Formerly the Executive Director of Lifestyle Enrichment at the prestigious Lake Austin Spa Resort, Dr. Kern is an internationally acclaimed speaker on mind/body/spirit health.

She is the author of “Everyday Wellness for Women” and co-author of “Create the Body Your Soul Desires: The Friendship Solution to Weight, Energy and Sexuality”

Her years of practice as a nurse, health educator, personal trainer, yoga and Nia teacher and yoga therapist have given her lifestyle insights not found in books. She has become very aware that when people live their lives disconnected from their bodies’ messages, they not only miss out on the wisdom of their bodies and opportunities to heal emotional issues, but they are also more likely to experience stress and dis-ease. When they pay attention and take action, “miraculous” changes can occur.

From CEOs to stay-at-home moms, Dr. Kern helps people “feel” the science and power of the body-mind connection. Through their active participation, they can actually see the patterns in their lives that disconnect body and mind. Dr. Kern gives them tools to reconnect and use this power to enhance not only their physical health but their work, relationships and spiritual well being.

As a health scientist, speaker, author, mother and wife, Dr. Kern is passionate about creating health, balance, serenity and joy in her own life while assisting individuals and organizations to do the same in theirs. Dr. Kern provides keynote addresses and breakout sessions at professional conferences, women’s health conferences and community events.

Additionally, she teaches Nia, Yoga and Sensual Movement classes locally and in retreat settings. Dr. Kern facilitates healing retreats and also provides one-on-one life coaching sessions. With 4 books and 2 CDs (yoga and meditation) recorded, Dr. Kern seeks to balance every aspect of your life, body and soul.

Dr. Kern studied Nursing at Vanderbilt University and received a B.A. and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. She received a Ph.D. in Health Sciences from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX. She is a Black Belt Nia Teacher, certified Integral Hatha Yoga Instructor, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist and Mindful Change Coach.


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