Debby Dowlng

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Debby Dowling is a 200 E-RYT, 500 RYT Yoga Instructor, Comprehensive Pilates Instructor, Group Fitness Instructor and Nutrition Specialist. I’ve been lucky enough to train with some amazing teachers including: Sean Corn, Dice lida-Klein, Briohny Smith, MacKenzie Miller, Claudine & Honza Lafond, Kelley Doyle and Micheal Miller. 

What drew me to yoga? It started years ago. As a young child, I was always able to see energy. Things seemed to pulse and move on their own and I saw colors everywhere, even when I closed my eyes. I always thought everyone could! But when I found out they didn’t, I just thought I was weird. Now I know better. Since then I’ve taken many courses to better understand my gifts. And I truly believe we all have them!

So it’s probably not a surprise that I left the corporate world years ago to embark on my own personal journey. Now I teach yoga, pilates and of course, do my spiritual work!!! And they all seem to cross over. You won’t be able to take one of my yoga classes without getting a “spiritual bomb” or two thrown in.

I’ve also earned my MS in Marketing from Northwestern University. But after many years in the corporate sector working my way up the corporate ladder I decided to make the switch to something that fed my soul. 


I believe in the power of the breath and the connection we all can create with our energetic bodies. I dedicate my time to helping others finding the peace that each one of us holds inside.


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