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About the Instructors

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Deborah (Shivaani) Woodward, RYT, CSYT, 700 hours


Deborah was a student of Hatha yoga for many years. When she experienced Svaroopa® yoga, she knew, from its effectiveness, subtlety and power, that it was a style she had to teach. A Certified Svaroopa® Yoga Teacher and an Embodyment® Therapist, Deborah receives ongoing training from Sadguru Swami Nirmalananda Saraswati, originator of Svaroopa® yoga, in asana, anatomy, meditation, yoga philosophy and yoga therapy. With her years of teaching and working one-on-one with clients, and with her skills as an author, dancer and poet, Deborah draws on a wealth of experience to enrich her classes, workshops and private sessions.


Sadguru Swami Nirmalananda Saraswati


Swami Nirmalananda Saraswati is the originator of Svaroopa® yoga and and Svaroopa® Vidya meditation. Svaroopa® yoga reflects Swami Nirmalananda’s years of study in many yoga traditions, her extraordinary grasp of ancient texts of yoga, and her profound understanding of the workings of the human body, mind and spirit. Her teachings are based on the progressive and radical openings of the blocks in the body, mind and heart. She is founder of the national Yoga Alliance , and the Svaroopa Vidya Ashram.


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