Debbie Sheetz is a certified Integral Yoga teacher registered with Yoga Alliance at the 500-hour level and is certified to teach Yoga Nidra through the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center. She has been teaching hatha yoga, Yoga Nidra, and chair yoga in a variety of settings since 2001. Debbie has been a caregiver and a hospice volunteer and is honored to share the healing power of Yoga Nidra with all types of caregivers. Read more about Debbie and her Monday night Yoga Nidra for Caregivers class in this Teal Center interview.
TC: Who did you have in mind when you created this class? How will they benefit?
DS: Caregivers are typically under extreme stress. Yoga Nidra provides deep rest. It always seemed like a natural pairing to me. I am excited that the Teal Center suggested it and know that it will be a healing and soothing experience for participants.
TC: If you were to give a single piece of advice to the general public, what would it be?
DS: Listen to your intuition and give yourself the quiet space needed to hear it.
TC: What sorts of habits contribute to living a fulfilling life? What’s the most common obstacle? What do you do to overcome obstacles in life?
DS: For me, a fulfilling life is built on many habits, chief among them a regular spiritual practice, a healthy diet, and making time for connecting with friends, family, and my community. I learned the importance of establishing routines during my transition from a government job to working for myself.
My most common obstacle is my thoughts. To overcome obstacles I pray, breath deeply, and then act.
TC: How did you become interested in Yoga Nidra?
DS: I noticed every module in my yoga therapy teacher training emphasized the importance of Yoga Nidra. I learned more about this practice and how it helps people with heart problems, cancer, depression, and more.
TC: Would you like to share a favorite inspiring story?
DS: The story the great yogi Paramahansa Yogananda tells in his book Autobiography of a Yogi is the most inspiring story I have ever heard. George Harrison used to give out copies and Steve Jobs had the book given to everyone attending his memorial service (it was the only book on his ipad).
TC: What are you passionate about?
DS: I am passionate about sharing the healing power of yoga to transform body, mind, and spirit.
TC: What question do you love to be asked? What’s the answer?
DS: I love to talk to people who think they can’t do yoga. Everyone can do yoga! Gentle movements, breathing fully, and coming into stillness are yogic practices accessible to all, even if you only have a few minutes to practice.