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The stress of college guided Debbie to her first yoga class in the early 1980’s. She found the relief and peace that she was seeking in yoga class, then and now. Deciding to certify after about 20 years of practicing yoga, she certified with Judith Lasater in 2003 at Yellow Springs, Ohio. Originally from Toto, Indiana, Deb continues to make her place among the Indiana yoga community.
Deb practices Gentle Hatha Yoga because she finds Hatha Yoga to be gentle and kind to the body, while increasing flexibility and strength. Her favorite pose in her practice is down dog. It takes her out of her normal positioning and requires her to be mindful of her entire body’s placement.
One thing that she would want to say to a student walking into her class for the first time is “please hear my words, but listen to your bodies.”
If Deb was a season, she would be autumn. She loves the settling, cooling and observing all the exciting colors.
Deb Hackman instructs the following:
Revive & Restore (Level 1)
A gentle flow class ending in peaceful, restorative poses.
Restorative Practice (All Levels)
Restorative yoga is a gentle, calming, therapeutic kind of yoga that uses props to support the body as it eases into relaxation and balance. This class typically involves only five or six poses held for 5 minutes or more, including light twists, seated forward folds, and gentle backbends while releasing tension, gently breathing, and allowing gravity to draw us towards the steadiness of the earth underneath. This style of yoga provides a time for BEING instead of DOING.
During deep relaxation, all the organ systems of the body are benefited, and a few measurable results of deep relaxation are the reduction of blood pressure and blood sugar levels. It increases the "good cholesterol" levels, as well as improvement in digestion, reduction of muscle tension, insomnia and fatigue.
Hatha Yoga (Level 1)
This class teaches yoga fundamentals including warm-ups, asanas (the physical postures), breathing and deep relaxation. Attention is given to increasing body awareness and relaxation within a wide range of poses. Types of poses include: hip and shoulder openers, seated poses, standing poses, forward bends, backbends and gentle twists. Students will fine tune the balance of body, mind and breath, so essential to the practice and understanding of yoga.
Hatha Yoga (Level 2)
Level 2 Hatha class allows you to develop strength, flexibility, and body integration. Teachers will continuously share modifications to help you practice safely and effectively, while offering challenging sequences that continue to emphasize the fundamentals of yoga. You can expect to explore poses in greater depth and detail.