Hi, I’m Deborah Keene
An Ayurvedic Practitioner, Yoga Teacher, and Mentor for Women
“My passion is guiding others on how to remain connected to the center of their own selves so that they can feel comfortable with who they are as they are and be free of anxiety and limiting beliefs”
For a long time, I struggled with anxiety, digestive issues, and sleep disturbances.
I became a yoga teacher back in the 80’s when I realized my yoga practice was helping me to deal with these struggles and to feel more joy and ease in daily living. I was first introduced to Ayurveda around that same time and began incorporating Ayurvedic principles to all of my teachings. I now know how it feels to be happy, calm, and content within myself and I am excited to share what I have learned along the way.
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Deborah is a graduate of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda and is a Certified Ayurvedic Consultant, a Certified Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist and a RYT500 Yoga Teacher. She has been conducting classes and workshops and has consulted on an individual basis for close to 40 years. She appeared in the April 2000 issue of National Geographic Magazine and was chosen to be profiled in the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health Spring 2010 catalog. Deborah is the owner and founder of the Ayurveda Yoga Center located in Liberty, Maine. She is known as a spirited, down to earth teacher who speaks from her heart. She combines her humor, compassion and easy manner in all of her offerings. Her heart-based teachings, which are deeply influenced by nature’s cycles and rhythms, encourage inner listening along with body, mind and spirit practices.
“My love for the natural world and holistic health began 50 years ago when I was a 15. My dream of bringing Yoga and Ayurveda to the community where I live was realized in 1998. I have had the great fortune to study with master teachers in the United States and India. My work has been greatly influenced by my teachers as well as my time on the mat and living this path in my daily life.
Over the past 36 years I have applied the teachings and practices of Yoga and Ayurveda to my own life. I have slowly made dietary and lifestyle changes to support my own unique mind/body type.I have experienced firsthand the differences these changes have made in my mood, the way I look, the way I feel, the energy I have, how I am in the world, and how much more joyful and at peace I am. I have dedicated most of my life to the studies and practices of India’s healing systems and I continue to feel that it is my life’s purpose to share what I learn along the way. I remain committed to helping others realize their beauty within so they can feel the joy and ease which is their birthright.
I am fortunate that I live in a beautiful place surrounded by nature with my children and grandchildren living right near by. I love spending time with my family, being outside, gardening, dancing, hiking, my work, and all things horses.
Listen to my 2014 radio interview on WERU
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.