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Debbie Phelan, C-IAYT, E-RYT-500

Certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists, Registered Yoga Teacher (500 Hours)

Debbie has practiced and studied yoga for over 20 years, studying with prominent international and local yoga teachers.  She holds certifications with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT-500 hours), is a C-IAYT yoga therapist, and is Knoxville’s only Curvy Yoga teacher.

Debbie’s interest in yoga began after her first class at the local YMCA when she realized that this practice was just what she needed in her life. She was struggling with the pressures of a high-stress job, raising teenage boys, and dealing with health issues. She attended local teacher trainings and traveled to California to study with Beth Shaw of Yogafit, which deepened her yearning to learn more about this practice that had improved her life. At that time, she had surgery and contributes her quick recovery to yoga. At a teacher training, she met Stephanie Keech, owner of Asheville Yoga School in Asheville, NC. In this school, Debbie found her home base for 18 years of study which continues to this day.

Debbie's thoughts on yoga: The gentle moves of yoga support the restoration of the mind-body connection. Practice involves subtle breath work accompanied with gentle stretching movement. Benefits of a yoga-therapeutic practice may include improved posture, balance, body awareness, concentration, flexibility, range of motion, energy, and overall health as well as reduced stress and tension.

Specialties: yoga therapy, restorative yoga, Body Positive Yoga, Curvy Yoga