Deborah has always been a fan of movement. She began ballet and tap dancing as a child, and continued her interest in dance with course work in modern dance while attending California State University at Northridge where she received a degree in psychology. She briefly considered becoming a dance and movement therapist, but once she completed her psychology degree, shifted her interests to politics and attended law school. Recognizing early on that this shift in interest was not her true dharma, she re-entered the fitness field managing a health and fitness center in Los Angeles and becoming an ACE certified personal trainer. Shortly after certifying as a trainer, she found Yoga and found her home. Yoga has transformed Deborah’s life in so many ways, bringing a peace and tranquility to her that she loves to share with her students. She loves to share her story of “trying” a class one day and walking out feeling as though she were a completely different and whole person for the first time in years. The ability of a practice to bring such contentment and peace was just short of a miracle for Deborah who is a single parent of two special needs children. Deborah loves to share her Yoga experience with others as they journey on their own quest for calm, peace and fulfillment. She also loves to work with “mama’s to be” on their journey through the pregnancy process…a very special time in a woman’s life, by bringing a sense of community and love to women as their bodies change in the creation of a new life and spirit. To that end, she received her prenatal/postnatal yoga certification through the Yoga Alliance. Deborah has studied Yoga with many of today’s well-known and sought after yogi’s including James Brown, Alexandria Crow, Kathryn Budig and Chrissy Canning. She studied pranayama with Peter Sterios and mediation with Rolf Gates. She is certified as an E-RYT200 and RPYT with the Yoga Alliance. She also has earned a B.A. in psychology (emphasis on special needs children and personality disorders).
Deborah Light-Pacheco instructs the following:
- YOCore Express
- Strong Vinyasa
- Sweet Vinyasa
Yoga + Core = YoCore. YoCore will emphasize core strength and endurance using dynamic abdominal, back and hip movements followed by long Yoga stretches and restoratives. A strong core (trunk and low torso) keep our body's stable and allow us to stay strong, fit and healthy for all of life's activities.
45 minute class
This more advanced and active class will energize, challenge, and inspire you. For those who like more of a workout, Strong Vinyasa will turn on the internal fire and focus on building strength, stamina, and flexibility with a variety of standing poses and some inversions. This class is faster paced and connects movement with breath. Good for those with at least 3-6 months of (sweet) vinyasa yoga experience. Not suitable for beginners.
Great for anybody and everybody, beginners to seasoned yogis, Hatha is the best place to start and is the perfect balance of strengthening and stretching. It blends standing poses, seated/floor poses, meditation, and breath exercises. This class may also include some active flow or sun salutations, but will be minimal.
Our vinyasa classes are generally more active. Expect to sweat to a faster paced class that connects movement with breath. This class will energize, challenge, and inspire you. Expect to build strength, flexibility, mobility, and core integration. This class is for all levels, and we try to offer plenty of options for the beginner or advanced yogi so it's a healthy challenge. For those who like more of a workout, this class will focus on challenging standing poses, basic arm balances, and inversions.