Yoga and much, much more
Deborah began her journey on the path of Yoga in 1974 under the tutelage of Lex Gillan, founder of The Yoga Institute. At a young age, she felt the desire and pull to help others better themselves through exercise, stretching and meditation. She continued her yoga practice daily on her own and with other instructors, John Coons & Mary Blanchard to name a few. And over the years went to numerous retreats and workshops.
Also in 1974, she began her training in an Okinawan style of Karate called Shorin Ryu. As these two paths intertwined and she began to teach karate, she incorporated a lot of the Yoga stretches and postures into her karate warm ups. She went on to achieve the title of Renshi (6th degree black belt) and became a direct student of Shurgoro Nakazato of the Shorin Ryu Shorinkan Association in Naha, Okinawa. After 30 years of training and teaching, she retired in 2007 but her desire to teach and help others never diminished.
In the Summer of 2012, she decided to pursue her desire to continue to teach but not in karate, in Yoga. She contacted her original instructor, Lex Gillan to see what she needed to do, and to her surprise, he had sold all his studios and had founded the Yoga Teacher Training and National Certification Course, which she signed up for immediately and received her certification in October 2012.
She is now the proud owner of the YogaMix Studio LLC located at 2601-G Cartwright Road, Missouri City, Texas 77459.
Fast forward to Spring 2015, Deborah begins to take up her karate training again and after several months back in the dojo, she is lead once again to open her karate school to anyone with the desire to learn traditional Okinawan Karate. Karate is a way of life and a true karate-ka is honest, trustworthy, shows integrity and perseveres through all obstacles encountered in the dojo and in life. At this time she is only taking students 12yrs and older.
Deborah is available for private and buddy sessions at the studio and off premises. Call 713.269.5165 for rates and times.