As a child and young adult, I was the one always seeking to be at the top of whatever I was doing; I was seeking to get an A+. Life has mellowed me through the years, but I am still
seeking to get an A+. Now, however, I want to receive it because I lived well, not because I performed well. When I go to bed at night, I want to know that for this day I was kind. For this day, I told myself the truth. For this day, I put courage over fear. For this day, I danced my own dance.
I relish the “ah-hah” moments in life, both my own and witnessing others. For that brief moment the world gets bigger, mystery seems tangible, and life is never quite the same again. When we wrestle with what it means to take spiritual wisdom to the everyday moments of our lives, we become vulnerable to those moments of awakening.
My journey has continued to take me to India, the land that birthed so much spiritual insight. It is these journeys that teach me the importance of continually putting ourselves in places where we can remain students of life, both challenged and changed, whether in a different country or in our own families and communities at home.
Speaking of home, Minnesota is where I reside with my spouse, a Lutheran minister. I love the simple delights of lively conversations, the rugged beauty of the area I call home, and visits from our 2 children and 6 grandchildren.
Deborah Adele holds master’s degrees in both Liberal Studies and Theology & Religion. An ERYT500, she carries yoga certifications in Kundalini yoga, Hatha yoga, Yoga Therapy, and Meditation. She is also trained as a Gestalt practitioner and a Somatics educator. For over 14 years, Deborah brought her combined knowledge of business and her in-depth knowledge of yoga philosophy to build Yoga North, a now thriving yoga center. Currently she is writing, teaching, consulting, and engaging her own personal practice.
Deborah worked for three years as a consultant with a firm out of Boulder, Colorado, where she combined the concept of body and breath with organizational development skills to improve leadership and management in various businesses around the country. Deborah is the author of the groundbreaking book The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice. In addition, she has authored various published articles, two CDs The Art of Relaxation and The Practice of Meditation, and has been sought after as a keynote speaker.
Deborah is a keen and innovative thinker, and, in whatever venue she finds herself, consistently uses her knowledge and training to support others in living a life imbued with balance, clarity, and well-being.