Deb Shaw began her yoga practice with Acharya Upendra Roy, in Sydney in 1993. She undertook Acharya’s Teacher Training Program in 2004, until he left his physical body in 2006. DS’ guru taught her to be wary of gurus and reminded her that the word “guru” was made up of 4 letters: “Gee, you are YOU!” . She started teaching a traditional Hatha and Raja Yoga style around Sydney in gyms, private classes, centres and her own small studio in St Peters.
After wandering through a spiritual wilderness for a while (and learning why it is so important to find a teacher) DS was drawn to the spiritual activism she found at Samadhi Yoga in Newtown (now Jivamukti Yoga Sydney) and felt she had found a new spiritual home. She graduated from the Samadhi Teacher Training course under the guidance of Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher, Katie Manitsas in 2012. DS completed Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training with Sharon Gannon and David Life in 2014.
DS is grateful for Maurie Earls, Dr Orna Triguboff, Kamal, Yogeswari, Matthew Bergan, Keith Kempis, Jeffrey Rama Cohen, Sarah de Graaf, Doug Whittaker, Jessica Sage Stickler, Cat Alip-Douglas, Saskia Thode and all teachers to come.
DS draws inspiration from the brave activists of the world speaking up for those who are denied a voice themselves, the wilderness, metal yoga, Kundalini yoga and music with big fat basslines.
Off the mat, DS is a digital strategist, specialising in writing content for the web and social media, helping clients make sense of the new digital landscape. She has worked in corporate, not-for-profit and education. She also loves riding motorcycles and one day will have another Yamaha SR500 to get around to class on.