Yoga is about more than the postures for Debbie Yarbrough, a lifelong athlete with a desire for holistic health. Her passion for yoga came from a place of healing, not only for her body, but her spirit and mind, as well.
She is the owner of Lotus Yoga and Fitness in Ormond Beach used yoga as a tool and lifestyle to build herself back up after years of competing at an elite level in triathlons and marathons while also battling an eating disorder for 30 years.
Debbie , an AFAA Certified Personal Trainer since 1992, began her career with a personal training business. As a competitive runner and triathlete she was a strong competitor: placing 4th place overall female at the 2005 Disney Marathon; competing in the 2004 Triathlon Age Group Nationals; running the 2006 Boston Marathon in 2:58:45, finishing as the 35th overall female.
Plagued by injuries from running high mileage, she began a consistent yoga practice over 12 years ago which helped to heal her body physically. But it wasn’t until she started practicing with her teacher, Karrie AuBuchon in 2011, that she learned to quiet the competitive side of her mind and find that place of healing on a spiritual level.
She received both her 200 Hour and 300 Hour training certifications through Karrie AuBuchon at Yoga Bala in Ashtanga Yoga. She has had the great opportunity of practicing with Tim Miller, Kate Potter, Seane Corn, Cyndi Lee, and Erica Mather. AuBuchon’s studio, which Debbie now owns and operates, was the first one she practiced in that was absent of mirrors.
For many yogis who rely on mirrors to check their postures, their absence can be jarring. But for Debbie, it was freeing. No longer was her practice about the physical aspect of the Asanas, but about ALL eight limbs of yoga, quieting her mind, and channeling an inner peace. That calm state fueled Debbie's recovery from her life long battle with an eating disorder.
Debbie, an advocate for those affected by eating disorders, has helped women of all ages, from sixth grade girls to those struggling with midlife eating disorders. She was a guest speaker at the 2014 National Eating Disorders Association Annual Conference in San Antonio, was interviewed on Huffington Post Live and is the secretary for C.O.P.E. (the Community Outreach for the Prevention of Eating Disorders).
"The joy of yoga comes from its ability to help people realize they are normal and beautiful, just the way they are", Debbie says. Through it, she learned to have loving kindness toward her own body and spirit.
It is now her MISSION and desire to help others find that same peace and learn the value of all eight limbs of yoga. Yes, the postures are important, but so are meditation, breathing and the abilities to love ourselves and others. Her goal is to help others find their strengths. With each fun, yet challenging class, she inspires others and helps them realize their dreams on and off the mat.
Debbie is a longtime resident of Ormond Beach, living with her husband, Glenn, their four kids and three dogs. She invites you to experience her studio and gain knowledge about living a healthy life in mind, body and spirit.