Hi, I’m Deborah
Its time to reclaim your deep strength and confidence, so you can step fully into your power and create the life of your dreams.
“A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing.
She goes where she will and without pretense and arrives at her destination,
prepared to be herself and only herself.”
I SEE YOU, STRUGGLING THE WAY I DID, FRUSTRATED with feeling anxious and insecure and being held back from living the life you really want.
I see you not knowing what causes these struggles and thinking this is the way it will always be.
I see you wishing you could just feel good about yourself.
I see you feeling frustrated cause things don’t seem to change.
I see wishing you could sleep better and have more energy.
I see you tired of overthinking and worrying about things all the time.
I see are ready to do whatever it takes to finally feel good about who you are and create the life you have always wanted yet have no idea where to begin.
It doesn’t have to be this way ~
You don’t have to struggle like this anymore. But I totally understand because years ago I was in the very same place.
You want to finally love yourself just as you are and start living in a way that is right for you doing what you love yet have no idea where to start and how to make it happen.
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Hey There, I’m Deborah.
My life’s calling is to help you feel really good about yourself- live life on your terms in ways that are just right for you.
I am a Yoga Teacher, Ayurvedic Practitioner, and Mentor for Women who are ready to reclaim their gutsy cowgirl selves and transform their lives by building deep inner strength, confidence, and clarity so they can love who they are and love their lives.
It is my passion to help you be free of all that is in your way of living an epic life doing what lights you up.
I was born and raised in Maine and I continue to live here to this day.
I came into this life with a cowgirl spirit and a lover of horses.
I got my first horse when I was 15 in 1970.
That year I rode on the main roads, to and fro, for a total of 20 miles to ride in a parade in Clinton, Maine.
That same year, 1970, I started down this path of all things natural health and healing with natural skin care.
My mom and I made facials with kitchen ingredients like cream, honey, strawberries and oatmeal.
That was the beginning of my lifelong career as a wellness professional, skin care specialist, yoga teacher, and mentor for women.
“The cowgirl spirit is wild and free, strong and brave, and full of endless possibility.”
The truth is,
I grew up in a tough family environment with an alcoholic father.
I struggled with not feeling good about myself: feeling like “a black sheep” and like I didn’t belong for a whole lot of years.
I left home at the age of 17 and moved into an apartment with a friend.
I married and moved from the city to the country in 1975 when I was 19.
I brought my first horse, Ringo, with me.
(That’s him in the pic. I had him for 27 years. He was 34 when he died.)
I gave birth to two daughters: Sara, who was born in 1977 and Dallas, born in 1979.
I grew our food, herbs, and flowers, and commenced in earnest my studies of natural remedies, the natural world, and yogic philosophy on how to live as a happy, healthy, kind, loving human being.
I taught my first movement class in my living room in 1981 to my friends. That was the beginning of my teaching career. (I have been teaching ever since.)
Throughout a good part of my life I experienced abuse, betrayal, and other hardships.
I used various forms of addiction to help me cope with feelings of depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem.
I was a terrible sleeper, had digestive upsets regularly, and felt anxious most of the time.
I was drawn to unhealthy relationships and looked to other people, especially men, for my self-esteem. (I’ve been married and divorced twice.)
I suffered greatly inside for many years.
Yet, the whole way through, I carried on with my love for all things natural health and healing and applied what I was learning to my own life and the situations around me.
I started to turn my life around in earnest in the early 1980’s when I began in-depth studies of Yoga and Ayurveda and applied the teachings to my own life.
I climbed up out of feelings of unworthiness, addiction, and wrong relationship choices.
I evolved from feeling like a victim to taking charge of my own destiny and creating the life of my dreams.
In 2011, I went on a life changing pilgrimage to India for a month. I visited and studied at some of the most sacred places including Rishikesh located on the banks of the Ganga River and the birthplace of yoga, and Dharamshala: the home of the Dali Lama and the exiled Tibetan monks.
Today I feel happier and healthier than I have ever been. I have built a soul aligned business doing what I love which is helping women to rise up and love themselves just as they are.
I continue to live in the same country town I moved to when I was 19. I’ve carried on with my love of horses. I’ve had a total of 6 including my current ones Lexi and Cisko. The spirit of the horse is incredible medicine. They are wonderful teachers.
My life with them has had a tremendous influence on me, my own growth and healing, and my healing work with others. The cowgirl spirit lives on.
“A cowgirl stands up for what is right, even if she stands alone.” -Unknown
What I offer up is grounded in my in-depth studies, direct experiences, and personal transformations.
I have devoted over 50 years to the studies and practices of India’s ancient healing sciences.
I have applied the teachings to my own life all along the way.
I can attest to the healing, transformative powers of all that I offer.
Are you ready to be strong within yourself, clear with your path in life, and shine your light out into the world?
Empowering women is my specialty.
If you would like to be guided by a seasoned elder with a gutsy cowgirl spirit who has devoted over 50 years to this path and has used struggles and pain as a catalyst for healing and transformation, please reach out!
I would love to offer you a complimentary session to see how I might be of help.
“Cowgirl is an attitude, really; a pioneer spirit, a special American brand of courage.” – Dale Evans
Deborah is a mother, grandmother, (and great-grandmother) who has dedicated over 50 years to the studies and practices of India’s ancient sciences.
She is a beloved yoga teacher, mentor for women, and Ayurvedic practitioner whose teachings are grounded in her in-depth studies, direct experiences, and personal transformations. She brings 40 years of experience to her offerings.
She has held various jobs including: assisted at national Yoga certification programs, was the Fitness Director of the local YMCA, helped to establish and run a dance studio, taught yoga, dance, and exercise classes for over 40 years. She established her own business in 1993, The Ayurveda Yoga Center, and built a yoga studio on her property in Liberty, Maine in 2000 which she continues to own and operate.
She is known as an inspiring, intuitive teacher who speaks from her heart.
She combines her humor, compassion and easy manner in all of her offerings.
Her unique style blends Ayurvedic wisdom with a variety of yogic traditions including Kundalini, spiritual teachings from a variety of traditions, and wisdom related specific to the feminine.
She has studied throughout the United States and in India with some of world’s best teachers.
She went on a pilgrimage to India for a month in 2011. She visited and studied at some of the most sacred places including Rishikesh, the homeland of Yoga, and Dharamshala, where the Dali Lama and the exiled Tibetan monks live.
Deborah is a graduate of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda and is a Certified Ayurvedic Consultant, a Certified Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist and a Registered Yoga Teacher. She appeared in the: April 2000 issue of National Geographic Magazine and was profiled in the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health Spring 2010 catalog.
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Thank you for all these years of your teaching.
I am sure I am not the only one who is grateful for how you have shared and enlightened us, with such strong commitment and kindness.
When asked to remember our teachers with gratitude in practice, you are on my list.
In your classes, you have a fluidity and an ease that I carry forward into my own work. You have a way of creating an arc that involves settling, working, moving, clearing, and settling again. It’s a beautiful metaphor for almost anything.
You have a real gift for feeling a room and knowing just what type of arc to apply to just that group on just that day.
You also apply many years of knowledge about the way the human body works, the way it moves, which you combine with your ayurvedic knowledge.
You combine a deep sense of knowing with the human fragility. With your humor, you help us realize that sometimes we fall down, and it’s Okay. Thank you!
I want to thank you for this morning’s practice.
I still feel grounded, centered and connected to myself.
I was moved to tears after the chanting.
I’d almost forgotten this feeling.
I appreciate you and your studies and how you joyfully share them with us.
I am so grateful.