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:
Good for anybody and everybody, beginners to seasoned yogis, these classes are the best place to start and are the perfect balance of strengthening and stretching. These classes blend standing poses, seated/floor poses, meditation, and breath exercises. This class may also include some active flow or sun salutations but this component will be minimal.
A purposeful practice of supported yoga postures for the lower back, hips and legs to release deep-seated muscular tension and habitual ways of holding our bodies. Expect use lots of props. Great for all levels and those overcoming injury or illness or anyone who wants to learn how to relax more fully. This is a more relaxing, meditative type class.
These more advanced and active classes will energize, challenge, and inspire you. For those who like more of a workout, these classes turn on the internal fire and focus on building strength, stamina, and flexibility with lots of standing poses and some inversions. These classes are faster paced and connect movement with breath. Good for those with at least 3-6 months of (sweet) vinyasa yoga experience. Not suitable for beginners.
Our vinyasa classes are generally more active. Expect to sweat to a faster paced class that connects movement with breath. These classes 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, these classes will focus on challenging standing poses, basic arm balances & inversions.
Pre-Natal Series Class
Yoga and pregnancy seem to fit together naturally. The flowing movements help to tone and stimulate the muscles and bones without depleting energy, the seated poses nourish our tissues and organs and help us focus our minds, and the breathing exercises teach us how to remain calm and open in the face of vulnerability, stress, and states of flux. All of these aspects of a Yoga practice can enhance the experience of pregnancy and give us tools for labor, delivery and beyond.
During this series class, we'll look at Yoga sequences and exercises that create space in the body for your baby to grow, relieve common prenatal concerns, and prepare your state of mind for the changes ahead. You'll have a chance to share this important time of your life with other moms-to-be in a supportive and caring environment and participate in the prenatal experience more fully and with greater awareness.
"I labored naturally for 12 hours. I am so thankful for the yoga work I had done. I was able to maintain focus through each contraction and keep calm through breathing techniques I learned through yoga practice." -Shannon: Pre-Natal Student at S.D.Y.
Price: $75 (Register early as enrollment is limited to 8.)