Debbie Mathew on practicing yoga.
“Yoga has truly been the guiding light of my evolution as a human being. In deep exploration the practice and wisdom of yoga, 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), Viniyoga (Gary Kraftsow) and Anusara (John Friend).
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 training 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 on-wards, 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 have also studied nutrition, healthy eating, and integrating various practices, such as Living Foods, into my own lifestyle choices; I offer counsel to clients and community in various ways: Living Foods Courses, Detox Regimes, private therapy consultation.
I’ve recently completed an 800 hour internship in Integrative Yoga Therapy, a part of which involves teaching a 10 week class focused on therapeutic yoga. I have created and taught a course for Baby Boomers, addressing the aging body, as well as healing and integrating the emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of our existence. I feel this to be an invaluable focus for the age group to care for self, and to self-actualize.
I continue to teach a variety of classes, workshops and do private and semi-private consultations to engage re-balancing of physical, psychological and spiritual aspects of being human. At this point (mid 2016), I have engaged in over 3000 hours of yoga teaching and consultation.
The Condensed CV – Debbie Mathew
2017 – Mudras & Astrology; online course with Sabrina Mesko
2015 – 2016 – IYT 800 hour Integrative Yoga Therapy certification completed.
2014 – Shakti Yoga Retreat (Institute of Vedic Studies; David Frawley)
2014 – Experienced E-RYT-500 (over 2000 hours of teaching experience)
2014 – Kundalini Tantra Intro – 7 Centers Yoga Arts (21 CEU hours)
2012 – 500 hour (RYT-500) Yoga Integrative Therapy Teacher Training with Joseph and Lillian Le Page (https://iytyogatherapy.com/)
2011 – Opened Yoga Oasis Studio in Laramie, WY. (which has Wall Rope System installed)
2010 – 60 hour Yoga Therapeutic Training with Aadil Palkivala
2008 – Experienced ERYT-200 (over 1000 hours of teaching completed, plus regular training upgrades)
2008 – iRest with Richard Miller; Level 1 Yoga Nidra Training. 42 Advanced CEU hours
2005 – Opened ‘The Yoga Space’, downtown Laramie, WY
2005 – 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification = RYT 200 through Yoga Alliance
2003 & 2004 – studied Pranayama with Sarasvati Buhrman at RMIYA (Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga & Ayurveda)
2003 – began teaching yoga professionally
2003- 2007 – Studied with teachers at regional Conferences and Workshops.
1981 – Attended my first yoga classes, in the Iyengar tradition
The yoga therapy components of my instruction are based on the Integrative Yoga Therapy Teacher Training I’ve achieved, not derived from my status as an RYT ®with Yoga Alliance Registry.
If you would like to view a preview of a typical Yoga Class taught by Debbie Mathew, watch below.