Deborah Sisson received her teacher training with the Yoga Life Institute and is currently enrolled in the 500 hour program. She has participated in a wide range of practice styles from traditions which reflect her love of dance, literature, and philosophy. In her classes she tries to nourish the authentic body that resides in the physical body. Deborah loves sharing the many gifts of yoga including postures, breathing, balance, strength, concentration, and meditation. She finds inspiration in nature and all its elements, beings, and miracles. Come, she says, let's practice together.
"I began practicing yoga in college and then as an elementary school teacher as a way of handling stress. As a new mom, I found that yoga helped me learn to balance caring for myself while also caring for others. The more I learned about yoga philosophy the more I wanted to deepen my understanding of it. The 200 hour program at YogaLife was so profound for me that I felt the need to learn more in order to share it with others. Yoga Therapy feels like what I've always wanted to do for my life's work. It combines my many interests - education, psychology, movement, and spirituality.
My hope is to make yoga accessible to all people and to make it applicable to the real world. I enjoy sharing the benefits of yoga with people of all ages, and am particularly passionate about working with children dealing with stress and anxiety.
Yoga for me is about connection. First, it's a connection with ourselves on all levels. From that connection, we can grow to realize that we are all connected.”
Stacy Smith has studied yoga since 1998 and teaches at The Yoga Center in Portland, Maine. She approaches yoga in a holistic manner, blending the insights of Classical and Iyengar yoga with Ayurvedic teachings to nurture physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being. Stacy was trained as a philosopher of education and formerly taught undergraduates at a liberal arts college. She now enjoys exploring the deep philosophical and spiritual traditions of Eastern wisdom with students of all ages. She is the mother of two young boys and teaches pre-natal yoga as one avenue for sharing the many ways that yoga has supported her mothering and family relationships. Stacy is a graduate of the YogaLife Institute of NH and continues to study and instruct in its teacher training programs. To view Stacy's current yoga classes at the Yoga Center of Portland, Maine, click here.
Kim Spanos is a graduate of the YogaLife Institute’s 200-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training program and is continuing her training at YogaLIfe in the 500-hour Classical Teacher training, combined with the Yoga Therapy work over the next 2 years. In addition to her Yoga training, she has achieved the AFFA group fitness certification as well as other fitness modalities over the past 7 years. She is also currently enrolled in the Ashaya Yoga 200-hour teacher training program and Reiki certification classes. She looks forward to offering a variety of classes to all students to share her passion of health, happiness and a sense of inner peace to all. Kim will be teaching at YogaLife and welcomes students with open arms!
Kat Stevens, is a graduate of the YogaLife Institute’s 200-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training program. She is a massage therapist with a focus in Thai massage and a Reiki II practitioner. She is currently enrolled to become a certified Thai Yoga Bodyworker at the institute for Thai Bodywork in Illinois and about to receive her Reiki master attunement. She started yoga in 2003 and has been practicing off and on over the years until her teacher training here at YogaLife. She is not currently teaching yoga at a studio but is offering private lessons at her massage practice. She is looking forward to finding a studio that aligns with her method of teaching yoga once she makes her transition to Chicago.