Deborah Saliby was raised in New England and graduated from University of Massachusetts Lowell with a BA in Psychology and Art. After receiving her B.A. and following her interest in mental and physical well-being, she moved to California in 1979. Fortunate to discover Yoga in college at the YWCA, she embarked upon a new path in life and never turned back. Her yoga teacher at the time Sue Luby, directed her to the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco (Back then called, The Institute for Yoga Teacher Education, a two year, 500 hour certification yoga program). Three years later she completed the Iyengar yoga certification training and moved to Berkeley.
At 28 years old, Deborah now a trained yoga teacher and teaching in private venues in the East Bay, went on to study and practice different forms of meditation and healing, (i.e. Vipassana, Zen, energy work, hypnotherapy and hypnoBirthing). Today her yoga classes are informed by 44 years of practice, study and teaching. Some of her most revered yoga teachers through the years are; Donald Moyer, Judith Lasater, Mary Dunn, Aadil Palkhivala, Rammanand Patel and Jaki Nett. She presently take classes with Michael Lucey and Janet MacLeod. She continues to be inspired by her students and the therapeutic method of Iyengar yoga.
In 2001 Deborah attended the Iyengar convention with Geeta Iyengar in Pasadena Ca. In 2006 she attended the Iyengar convention with B.K.S. Iyengar in Estes Park, Colorado. Following that she attended workshops and intensives with Sunita Iyengar and Jaki Nett at the IYISF as well as Patricia Walden and Lois Steinberg.
In 2008 Deborah furthered her education in yoga, studied through the intensive apprenticeship approach IYNAUS (Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States), and received the National Yoga certification of Iyengar yoga in 2011. Following her yoga training Deborah revisited earlier academic interests, attended graduate school and earned a teaching credential as an Education Specialist. She is currently retired from teaching severely handicapped children, and teaching yoga more full time in the East Bay. Deborah also holds private hypnotheraphy sessions and hypnosis for Birthing by appointment. 510-541-1395