Breathe Now AYA Yoga Meetup
Debbie Berardi is a Certified Yoga Teacher, Yoga Therapist, and a Certified Yoga Tune Up® Teacher. She is registered E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance and CYT with IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists). She is also a Senior Faculty member with Cloud Nine Yoga School, leading Teacher Trainings in the Hatha & Vinyasa Styles for both 200hr. and Advanced 300hr. programs.
She received both her 200hr. & 300hr. certifications through Cloud Nine Yoga School. Debbie is also trained by Tim Miller for both Primary and Intermediate Series in the Ashtanga Tradition. She has studied extensively with Nischala Joy Devi, and completed her Yoga of the Heart® intensive training to become certified to work with cancer and heart disease patients.
Practicing and teaching the Ashtanga method is one of Debbie’s passions, however back issues combined with beating breast cancer three times required Debbie to seek more healing modalities of Yoga. She has studied with highly respected Yoga Therapists: Larry Payne, Brian Dorfman and Master Anatomy Teacher Leslie Kaminoff to learn how to incorporate their beneficial, anatomical and safe techniques into her teaching and personal practice. Debbie’s Yoga Tune Up® training with the renowned Jill Miller has been essential in rounding out her teaching style.
No matter what style of class she is teaching, Hatha, Gentle, YTU®, Vinyasa Flow or Ashtanga, Debbie’s classes focus on balance & harmony within the physical body, creating a foundation for the same effect on the mental and emotional body…and most importantly to be light & joyful on and off the mat!
"I was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996 at age 35 and had bilateral mastectomy. In 1997, had a local recurrence and had a lumpectomy & radiation. In 1999 the cancer metastasized to the sternum bone, and I underwent high dose chemotherapy that culminated with being hospitalized for a month at Hoag hospital. I had another round of radiation after that.
I began my yoga practice as soon as I was strong enough in early 2000 and have been cancer free since." ~ Debbie Berardi