A Great Adventure
At 49 years of age, I had a heart attack and since then my body health deteriorated with an impact on my moral. I am now 80 years old and last year I was diagnosed with cancer. It’s treatment with radiations and chemotherapy is pretty effective but the side effects are difficult to cope with.
What could be done to make me “feel good again?” Fighting the illness is a must but it does not make you feel good automatically. My wife suggested yoga. I was skeptical considering yoga as “ woman stuff.” I was so shocked by what was happening to me that I came to the conclusion: Try it!
It starts with the selection of a yoga studio. I did not have any recommendations, therefore I relied on brochures. I liked very much Debby’s presentation on her business cards. No esoteric words, focus on results (Feel Good), pictures of the staff (to avoid strange Gurus!) At the first meeting, Debby’s personality was the reason why I said “yes.” Debby is a real professional with her gentle manners and encouraging smile, you perceive her confidence in what she is doing.
I am impressed by her experience and her talent in teaching. Debby’s knowledge of the complex combination of Body, Mind, and Spirit and her communication skills make you feel safe knowing that she will never push you beyond your physical limits.
After 6 months, I feel better in the 3 aspects, Body, Mind, and Spirit of who I am .
Thank you Debby,
Experience yoga or beginner yoga…there is a reason this studio is called “Feel Good Yoga!” The instructors are knowledgeable and thoughtful. Your body is your vehicle for health and these classes put you IN your body!~Barbara
I am 80 years old, always thought I was in good shape and worked out with a trainer 2x per week. I had a major problem-I couldn’t get off the floor without assistance and have been working on it for 3 years! After 2 weeks of yoga and pilates with Debby I have gained the strength to get off the floor unassisted. Thank you Debby for making the classes fun and encouraging us to do the exercises the “best we can.” ~Jack M.
I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful Yoga and Pilates classes I took while on Longboat Key this past week. I enjoyed every moment of each class and look forward to taking classes again next year when we visit. ~Vicky Guerrero
Great class! Strong core work in Pilates. Debby is gentle, and advises on how to protect your body and stay safe while working hard. P.S-I’ve lost 3 lbs and gained 30 years! Thank You! ~Ruth
Thank you Debby for making Pilates and Yoga FUN and always instructing that it is not necessary to do each position perfectly. After a few weeks, I have increased my strength and reduced muscle tightness dramatically! ~Shelia
Debby and I met last year through Connected Warriors, a program initiated by the VA (Veterans Administration) and a network of professional yoga instructors who donate their talent, time and space to introduce this ancient exercise of the mind, body and spirit as an effective way to tackle health issues being dealt with by military veterans.
Once discounted by western medicine, scientific studies are now documenting the effectiveness of yoga on health issues as diverse and complex as PTSD, brain trauma, chronic fatigue syndrome, fathom pain and addiction.
I was on board immediately. The very thought of being able to pitch my addictive prescriptions and other paraphernalia into the round file was really liberating. I arrived at the studio with mixed emotions and many questions. (HOW was I going to get down on the floor — much less up!). I shouldn’t have worried. Debby’s knowledge of anatomy, her reassuring voice and instructive gentle touch, as she guided and encouraged the other participants and me in our attempts to assume the poses she lead, was amazing.
By the end of the practice that first day when we closed with namaste:
“The Spirit within me honors the Spirit within you.” I knew I wanted to learn more.
Yoga is not a religion. Yoga, with its blend of physical discipline and ancient wisdom, has been a pathway of healing for me.
The yoga sessions at Feel Good Yoga are for all levels of experience. Debby also offers free 30 minute one-on-one consultations to anyone wishing to learn more.
All I can say is “Thank You!” ~Carolyn J.,
Debby is an amazing person and teacher. She is supportive of her clients no matter their level of practice. I highly recommend Debby as a teacher and coach, and look forward to working with her again when in LBK.~ Libby, Tennessee”
Feel Good Yoga has been life changing for me on my personal health and wellness journey. The last two years, in retirement, my biggest goal was to get healthy after 38 years caring for others in health care.
I was in a slump on my journey when I arrived in Longboat Key from Wisconsin in February. Much to my pleasant surprise my arrival coincided with Debby’s grand opening of her yoga studio and deciding to check it out was probably one of the best decisions I have ever made. The welcoming atmosphere Debby has created and the gentle approach was a perfect match for me. Icing on the cake were the educational workshops offered on a regular basis so I learned about essential oils, nutrition, meditation and several other healthy proactive things.
One day after yoga class I was fortunate to meet Dr. Loren Batsell who has an office at FGY and she further changed my life with acupuncture for my injured shoulder, herbal supplements, food sensitivity testing and yoga nidra.
I also was happy I met Gail Condrick, participated in her NIA class and learned about Sacred Contracts.
One of the hardest parts about my stay in Longboat Key is the day I have to leave and head back home but never as hard as this year after making new friends at FGY. I look forward to when I can walk back in the door in November when we have our next visit. Saying, thank you, Debby, doesn’t come anywhere close to covering the gratitude I have for her and FGY. See you in November!