Debbie Murphy

From her early years in traditional academia (doctorate in exercise science, minor in psychology) and through three decades of yogic study, Debbi has searched for the best tools to help folks feel empowered, happy, and centered. A child of the idealistic sixties, Debbi grew up with a passion to help others live more full-filled lives. Convinced the answer lay in the mind-body connection, she spent her college years receiving a masters in Psychology and a doctorate in Exercise Physiology. After a decade of higher education teaching where her innovative classes won her the moniker of “Columbia’s fitness expert, she moved West. Here, she was able to round out her education. Her journey has included study with neuroscientists, physiologists, psychologists as well as innovative yoga masters. Her passionate pursuit revealed that the best tools are at the nexus of modern scientific research and ancient yogic philosophy. And this best of all worlds approach is what you’ll experience in her unique, empowering flow. Over the past few decades, Debbi has shared this science meets spirit message as owner and director of Shanti Teacher Training and Shanti Yoga Studio, in national conferences and festivals, and international retreats.  A regular contributor to several online blogs, Debbi also has videos on and Vimeo. Learn more about Debbi at, instagram & facebook.