Deb Brownstein: Formerly a marine biologist, Debbie found yoga in 2008 when she was transitioning into the role of mothering two small children, trying to stay active and most importantly, remain calm doing it. Taking her three years of experience and body awareness from private Pilates instruction, where she learned techniques for healing the body post partum, Debbie transitioned to Yoga, which provided a safe place to move, feel supported and also release stress and tension. When pregnant with her third baby in 2009 Debbie found her passion for prenatal yoga and the power of the breath to calm the mind. Debbie began her training in 2009 with Dhyana Yoga (Ashtanga lineage, vinyasa) and followed it with an alignment based training in 2013 with esteemed teachers Justicia DeClue and Zhenja La Rosa at Maha Yoga and Healing Arts. Through these trainings Debbie became empowered to share the profound wisdom of yogic philosophy with her students, taking a keen interest in helping new mothers feel strong, powerful and trusting in their pregnant bodies. In 2013 Debbie completed her prenatal teacher training in two parts, first in New York City with Jennifer Pettit at Chandrakala Yoga and then with Sue Elkind of Dig Yoga in Lambertville, NJ. In 2014, Debbie created Love Light Yoga to focus on teaching new mothers in the privacy of their home or in small group settings, how to feel mentally and physically empowered on their journey to motherhood and beyond. Having labored and birthed three children naturally, Debbie uses her experience to speak to women about their innate strength and wisdom. Classes with Debbie inspire confidence, courage and promote connection between mothers and the miracle growing inside them.
Sarah Hummel: I began practicing Yoga in 2003, as a timid and insecure student. I thought I was the only one who didn’t know what I was doing and was nervous to call attention to my novice practice. After a few years of practicing without real purpose, I came to my mat with a burning need for self-exploration. I was at a crossroads in my life, not knowing what my future path would offer or how I could contribute to my personal growth. I dedicated myself to my mat. I practiced asana every day; I chanted; I cried; I questioned; I learned. All of these things were new and foreign, often uncomfortable. Yet the practice led me to find clarity and a sense of purpose through all the muck. Yoga became my teacher and led me to answering heavy questions I was asking myself. There was no going back. I studied vigorously the teachings of BKS Iyengar with amazing teachers including Ellen Greenberg, Jonathan Dickstein, Rebecca Hooper, and Lisa Johnson. I developed a deep respect for the body and became fascinated with the action of the muscles. I began to move with more awareness and to pay close attention to the inner workings of the body. Yoga became much more than the work I began doing initially. It opened doors of understanding and profound information that was not only intriguing but essential to becoming my authentic Self. As a Licensed Massage Therapist, knowing the body on a physical level is key to my professional success. As a yogi, exploring the mind and the spirit is equally as important to my personal success. Teaching Yoga comes with a new bag of personal challenges. I find that my strongest growth happens when I push myself to experience new adventures and confront my fears. Transitioning from being a student on the mat to a leading a class keeps me listening to my inner voice and exploring balance within my Self. I received my 250 hour Foundational Teacher Training from Wake Up Yoga in 2015 and continued on to study an intensive 30 hour Yin Yoga Training with Corina Benner. I am so grateful to be on this Path!