Shanti Yoga Teacher Training:
PhD, E-RYT 500, RPYT, RCYT, YACEP
Shanti Yoga School Director, lead teacher 200 & 300 hour programs
Exploring the mind-body connection is Debbi’s life work. After years in academia researching and teaching subjects that elevated one or the other half of that equation (doctorate in exercise science, master’s degree in counseling psychology), she turned her attention to the study of yoga – a perfect nexus of both.
Debbi studied with yoga masters to deepen her knowledge and hone her practice. Her alignment based, slow flow style evolved from early work with Rodney Yee, Richard Freeman and Shiva Rea. But the heart of her teaching comes from Erich Schiffmann, whose message of self-trust and the transformative power of yoga really resonated with her background.
Through more than 40 years of study and experience, including a decade as director of Shanti Yoga Teacher Training, Debbi found that the best approach to mind-body vitality is informed by both western science and the spirit of eastern yogic philosophy. Whether you’re attending her popular local classes (which won her the title of Boise’s Best), national conferences, or international retreats you can expect an artful blend of sound science, ancient wisdom, and mind-body-spirit integration woven together in the beautiful, juicy flow of the vinyasa tradition.
Debbi shares her message online as a regular contributor to Share Yoga. In addition you can find her videos at Ananda Yoga, Udaya and YouTube. You can also see more on her website for videos, blogs and to see her schedule of retreats and workshops.
E-RYT 500, YACEP
Lead teacher 200 & 300 hour programs
Kimberly Azzarito teaches yoga in an approachable way to every BODY. She empowers her students by weaving yogic traditions, stories, and myths with dynamic movement and alignment on the mat and opens the narrative between body, breath, and mind through authentic expression. Kimberly believes in the deep power of storytelling. It’s the reason myths are passed down in all traditions and cultures. The telling of a story can bring us into alignment with inspiration, spark creativity, give insight into life’s challenges, touch the heart, and commission the soul.
Being affected by Scoliosis in her early 20’s, Kimberly’s curved spine caused her great pain. In the early 1990s, Kimberly began her yoga journey. She learned that through a consistent practice, her scoliosis could be healed and painful knee injuries are now strengthened and stable. Kimberly received her 500 hr RYT through Shanti Yoga Teacher Training and believes that the key is to stay flexible in body, mind and spirit. She teaches the wisdom of Joseph Campbell, “the privilege of a lifetime is to be who you are.”
She leads group classes at Yoga Tree of Boise, Sage Yoga & Wellness and the Treasure Valley West Y. She also incorporates wellness programs for the State of Idaho employees. Kimberly believes a good teacher never stops being a student. The list of teachers that inspire her is long and she is full of gratitude towards each including Dharma Mittra, Shiva Rea, Sianna Sherman, Jason Crandell, Leslie Kaminoff, Debbi Murphy, Max Strom, and Erich Schiffmann.
Everything is connected; when we open to the practice of yoga on the mat, not only do our physical bodies become stronger and more supple but our minds become flexible, our hearts grow in empathic compassion, our creativity inspired and the remembrance that we are beings of light.
E-RYT 500, YACEP, Certified iRest® Meditation Teacher
Lead teacher 300 hour program
Jeanne is an IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist and Director of Yoga for Wellness, LLC. She is a Certified Yoga Teacher through the Integrative Yoga Therapy program, and a Certified iRest® Meditation Teacher with the Integrative Restoration Institute®. Long-term health issues led Jeanne to yoga where she rediscovered her True Nature of joy and found tools for healing and living that dramatically enhanced her quality of life. She’s been practicing yoga since 1989 and in 1998 opened Yoga for Wellness, LLC, to share the many benefits of this tradition with others. Passionate about teaching yoga and meditation, she loves inspiring others to find health, healing and enhanced wellbeing. Her teaching style is gentle and accessible to anyone. Jeanne compassionately works with people living with MS, Parkinson’s Disease, cancer, infertility, chronic pain, as well as other challenging conditions.
In her personal practice and when teaching, Jeanne is guided by the non-dual traditions learned from her beloved teacher Joan Ruvinsky and also Richard Miller, Ph.D., founder and Director of the Integrative Restoration Institute. Her hatha yoga teachings follow the disciplines T.K.V. Desikachar, the son and primary student of Krishnamacharya, a prominent yogi who helped bring a resurgence of yoga in recent decades. The teachings of these yoga masters have brought profound transformation and well-being.
Lead Teacher 300 Hour Program
Margit was first drawn to yoga as it brought her relief from chronic pain and migraines. Later, as part of an apprenticeship program with Jeanne Dillion, she discovered deeper physical and emotional transformation through the embodiment practices of Meditative Movement and iRest® Yoga Nidra. These experiences led her to deepen and continue her studies. Margit teaches at Yoga for Wellness, a senior living center, as well as other venues. Her passion for teaching is rooted in her desire to share the practices that have so profoundly affected her.
Additionally, Margit’s academic studies of anatomy and musculoskeletal mechanics during her Master’s program at Stanford, along with her years working as an engineer, give her a unique and valuable perspective on mechanics of movement and sequencing in yoga. She is a graduate of the Shanti 200- and 300-hour teacher training programs as well as the Shanti Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training. She has extensively studied Viniyoga, Meditative Movement, and iRest® with Jeanne Dillion since 2017. Margit is a Level 1 iRest teacher and will be attending the Level 2 training with Richard Miller, Ph.D., in September of 2019 at which time she will begin the iRest Certification program.
Margit’s favorite yoga quote is from Bernie Clark, “We do not use the body to get into a pose; we use the pose to get into the body.”
RYT500, JD, LPC, MPA
Lead Teacher 300 Hour Program
Sharon has practiced yoga since her late teens when she became intrigued by both the physical and spiritual aspect of the practice. She spent twenty plus years in the legal and municipal management professions. Yoga has been a mainstay in her life sustaining and strengthening her during life transitions.
Sharon graduated from the 200- and 300-hour yoga teacher training programs with Shanti Yoga Teacher School. She has studied and worked with Debbi Murphy, Jeanne Dillion, Baxter Bell, Jason Crandell, Leslie Kaminoff, Julian Walker, Sadie Nardini and others.
Sharon’s yoga credentials include being a 500 RYT with Yoga Alliance, an iRest® Yoga Nidra Level 1 Teacher-in-Training, regular teaching schedule at yoga studios and special events. Sharon also holds a Juris Doctorate (law degree), a Master’s in Public Administration, a Master of Mental Health Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). She specializes in working with trauma in both her private counseling practice and for the Shanti Yoga Teacher School.
Sharon believes in the healing power of nature and is an active outdoors person. Learn more about Sharon at her webpage at www.sharonhammeryoga.com.
MBA, E-RYT500, YACEP
A native of California with strong ties to the Hawaiian Islands. Don first sought out yoga as a means of bringing increased flexibility to his body and mind. What he discovered after his very first yoga class was a state of being he calls the “yoga buzz”. It was a state of being where his body and mind came together filled with peace and ease. He was hooked.
In the early parts of his teaching career he concentrated on the teachings of D’ana Baptiste and Bryan Kest in the Power Yoga lineage. In December 2006 Don completed a 550+ hour teacher training to become a certified instructor through the D’ana Baptiste Centered City Yoga Certification program (InBody Academy) in Salt Lake City, Utah. In April 2016 Don graduated from Shanti School 200 and 300 hour programs.
In May of 2013 Don completed the YinYasa module of the H3 teacher’s training and began to teach Yin Yoga a more quiet meditative practice to go along with his popular Power Flow classes. To gain more knowledge on the art of Yin Yoga he has studied under Paul Greeley and is currently studying under Sarah Powers. Don has been blessed to be a part of three different Yoga teachers training programs. Imparting his vast knowledge of the art of yoga. In a sense he has come home, back to the Shanti School under the direction of Debbi Murphy and is happy to share with the next generation of Yoga teachers in Idaho and the surrounding states.
Don has been teaching yoga throughout the Treasure Valley for over a decade plus. His teaching style is direct yet playful, infused with humor, working on not just the body, but the mind and spirit as well, helping his students find their place in the postures. He believes that Yoga is fun…so smile, laugh, breathe and know all is coming! Not a bad deal huh?
Compelled by the calling to share yoga with her community, Jennifer turned her passion into a profession by opening the Yoga Tree of Boise in 2008. She believes that living with love, truth, and yoga one can achieve even the most challenging obstacles in life. Trained in an interdisciplinary Hatha yoga, Jennifer draws upon the balance of physical alignment, flexibility, strength, breath, and internal energy for each person to achieve whatever goal they may have. Jennifer received her RYT 500 through Shanti Yoga Teacher Training and is also a teacher trainer for Shanti Yoga School holding master classes and workshops. “Come find your yoga!” is a motto Jennifer believes in and invites into her classes.
RYT500, CAS, LMT, MOTR/L
Desiree joyfully blends her background in Yoga, Ayurveda, Bodywork, and Occupational Therapy to lead group and individual yoga classes that address mind-body-spirit for a fully integrated practice. Additionally, Desiree studies sanskrit, co-leads Kirtan, and practices Jyotisha and Vastu. These all strongly influence her teaching style and contribute to a well rounded integration of vedic and western wisdom. She earned her 200 YTT with Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Nassau, Bahamas, then went on to study with Master teacher Maritza in Larkspur, California. She finished out her 500 YYT with Shanti Yoga Teacher Training and is now training other teachers.
E-RYT 500, RPYT
Prenatal Program Director, lead teacher Prenatal Program
Mindy has been practicing yoga since 1996. She completed her first teacher’s training, Let It Go Yoga, with Jim Parsons at the Santa Barbara Yoga Studio in 1997. Shortly after relocating to Boise in 1998, she began to practice Iyengar yoga; becoming very interested in the precision of alignment and form for which Iyengar is known. She studied, apprenticed, and later taught for Vickie Aldridge at the Boise Yoga Center during which time she had the opportunity to study with several other prominent Iyengar Instructors. Mindy began teaching prenatal yoga in 2001 and has taught ongoing classes ever since. In 2003, she studied with renowned prenatal yoga instructor Collette Crawford at the Seattle Holistic Center. Afterwards, Mindy completed the ICEA (International Childbirth Educators Association) in-depth perinatal fitness program. Mindy received her 500 hr RYT through Shanti Yoga Teacher Training and is a retired doula and HypnoBirthing® instructor. She has also trained with Sandra Jordon and is certified in Bodywork for the Childbearing Year®. Having taught over 2,500 prenatal yoga classes, she has discovered that her best teachers have been her students.
RNC, PPNE, RYT500, RPYT
Prenatal Program Instructor
Holly believes in teaching yoga as a tool for better health, increased mind/body awareness and a deeper connection to self. She has a strong foundation in body-mechanics with a back- ground as a fitness instructor since 1999 and a mind-body practitioner for many years. Holly received her 500 hour teacher training through Shanti Yoga School, along with her Prenatal Yoga teacher certification. As full time Labor and Delivery nurse since 2000, she has been focusing on bringing the benefits of mindfulness practices to women and families through her various roles as mentor, teacher, and childbirth instructor. Over the years she has helped hundreds of women through the birth process and has worked consistently to support the idea of childbirth as a normal physiologic process. This has led her to develop training programs for pregnant women and for the health care professionals that care for them; speaking at professional conferences, doula trainings, medical resident trainings and more. Holly believes that yoga is the best way to prepare the body for birth….physically, spiritually and mentally. Creator of Intuitive Birth, a Mindfulness-Based Childbirth Education program, Holly brings the insight of firsthand experience with transformation through mindfulness to her teachings. What makes her Prenatal Yoga classes unique is her background as a labor nurse, extensive knowledge of the birth process and hormones, balanced with her attention to anatomical detail … all while maintaining a playful light-hearted attitude.
RYT200, RCYT, YACEP
Children’s Program Director, lead teacher Children’s
Chelsea is a playful and curious yoga instructor and nanny in the treasure valley. She’s bananas about helping people to creatively make gains in their joy, flexibility and strength. In her core she believes that yoga is for everyone, so Chelsea is committed to making this art and science accessible. Her classes flow with breath, alignment, exploration and story telling. Whether you are new to yoga, trying it again or have a thing or two teach about yoga yourself, Chelsea would be honored to practice with you. She also teaches kids yoga through Boise Kids Yoga, is prenatal certified and is currently wrapping up her birth doula training. She received her yoga teacher training and children’s and prenatal yoga specializations in 2012 through Shanti Yoga in McCall/Boise.
Bill Dial E-RYT500
Linda Gilbertson, RYT500, YACEP
Brooke Kinzer, RYT200, McCall Campus Director
Jessica Maitri, LCSW, RYT500
Kathy Opp, RYT500
Lisa Simpson, E-RYT500, YACEP
Emily Wilson, RYT500
Angela Young DC, RYT200, Anatomy Instructor