We at Yoga Vie feel a special connection to Deborah Marsh. As a regular student for 4 years now, we feel like Deborah has grown right along with the studio. Being able to watch her amazing personal transformation through yoga has been a gift to us- one that inspires us and reminds us of the true meaning of our practice and how it can change our lives.
Now a 200hr registered yoga teacher herself, Deborah is sharing her love of yoga with others- including advising the newly-formed Lompoc High School Yoga Club, as well as teaching yoga to numerous sports teams on campus. Join Deborah and Yoga Vie on April 22nd, 2018 for a donation-based charity class to raise funds to purchase yoga props for the budding student yogis!
We recently sat down with Deborah to chat about her yoga journey, and the role yoga plays in her life. Here is what she had to say:
How would you describe yourself as a yogi?:
I am dedicated to learning and growing in all aspects of yoga. I enjoy the asanas, trying new ones and working toward full expression of familiar ones. I also enjoy breath work, meditation, and expanding my understanding of yoga philosophy.
How did you find yoga? What was the inspiration?:
A friend, Tiffani, asked me to do a beginner class with her 4 years ago. After completing Virginia’s class I was hooked.
Describe an interesting fact about yourself:
I walked from Santa Barbara to Malibu in three days, twice. It was the Avon walk for Breast Cancer. The second time I walked with my two sisters in honor of our Mom and an aunt who had breast cancer.
If you were a yoga pose, which one would you be?:
Butterfly or baddha konasana because I feel that yoga is so transformative. Yoga has helped me move away from a tough exterior and expand toward my gentler delicate self.
What is your FAVORITE yoga pose? Why?:
Parivrtta Adha Chandrasana because it is one I practiced at home, with a wall for some time. When I could finally do it away from the wall, I knew my practice had brought me to greater strength, balance and flexibility.
How does your practice fit into your everyday life?:
Every morning my husband and I do 5 half sun salutations. Most days I do yoga either at the studio or at home. Just going to my mat sometimes with no plan and doing at least a half hour is so fulfilling. I also meditate regularly and simply work at being present to my life!
What's your favorite aspect of Yoga Vie?:
Interestingly, I’m attracted to the orderliness and routines, knowing what to expect at the studio makes attending a variety of classes with great teachers more enjoyable. If things were always out of place or checking in wasn’t so effortless, I probably wouldn’t attend as often.
What advice would you offer to a yoga novice?:
Just show up, do the best you can, and then take some private lessons from your favorite teacher to help establish a home practice. At least that is what I did and I’m still at it.