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!”
“I’ve practiced yoga off and on for more than 40 years. I now regularly attend two studios up north. My classes at Feel Good Yoga were as rich and challenging and fulfilling as any I’ve experienced.”
This was my first experience with yoga. I had always thought it would be too difficult or I would feel uncomfortable as a beginner in a class setting. Well, I love it! Debby is so good at cueing the movements that I was able to follow along easily. I enjoy the workshops she offers immensely as well. I’m learning new things and moving in new ways. I feel stronger and more flexible every week. The new studio is large and beautiful and clean! I am loving my new yoga community and encourage anyone to give it a try.
Feel Good Yoga is a wonderful new addition to the Key! Finally a warm and inviting space, and teachers dedicated to the practice of yoga and movement through Nia. I have felt welcome in this ne “community” of Feel Good Yoga. Students of all levels enjoy this experience. The class schedule is varied and flexible and many new workshops are being offered. I can’t wait to be a full-timer here on the Key so I can take part in more of what is going on here! In the meantime, I enjoy as many classes as I can!
“I had never tried yoga and was looking for an exercise to enhance mindfulness and body work. Yoga is the perfect solution. I took private lessons with Debby which is a great way to get started to ensure proper positioning and overcome the fear of not doing it ‘right’. In addition I have a condition in the ball of my foot and wondered if I could do yoga. All of my concerns were laid to rest. With Debby, I was engaged body,mind and spirit when practicing yoga with her.
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!
Debby has a gentle yoga class that is perfect for me because I am overweight and out of shape. I am able to do this class without feeling embarrassed. She has regular and restorative yoga classes where she is able to teach to all levels easily. I find myself enjoying these classes too. When you come to her classes you will find a warm and welcoming presence in the instructor and a facility that is intimate, clean, and well-maintained. She has yoga mats available for the students so you don’t have to buy a mat to come to class and try it out. Debby Gives back to the community with a free beach yoga class that is at 8 AM every Sunday and a “Connected Warriors”class once a week that is free to all military members, retirees,veterans and their family members. During the busy season classes are added as needed. Feel Good Yoga is the perfect name for this studio. I highly recommend this studio to all levels of individuals looking for a yoga studio.