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About Debi

I’ll never forget what it feels like to… have a body you feel you can’t rely on. When I was 50, I had a hip joint injury and the surgery to try to repair it caused my hip joint to collapse. I felt fragile and tentative and tried not to move too much because I didn’t want to do more damage or to be in too much pain. I gained 30 pounds! I had a handicapped placard that I relied on, and I really needed it because walking would cause more pain. I felt too young to not be able to stand, walk or do all the things in my life that I wanted to do and I was frustrated. I love to walk, hike and I especially love traveling the world. I love the physical practice of yoga to keep my body strong and healthy and even that was becoming too challenging for me. The final straw was when I could no longer walk far because about 1 mile into a walk my hip would be burning and throbbing. To add insult to injury I was entering perimenopause and I was feeling blah.

Searching for answers…
I began joining programs online to participate in to lose weight, gain more energy and fix my hormones. Since I am health minded, I was trying to balance my hormones naturally and I wanted a lifestyle approach to getting healthy without medications. In 2014, I found the Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Program and signed up to become a Health Coach to learn how to heal myself.

Teaching yoga to 55+…
During this time, I had begun to teach a few yoga classes at Torrance Memorial Medical Center to the 55+ crowed and I became aware of the degenerative process our body goes through as we age. My injury was accelerating my own degenerative bone and joint issue, so I fit right in! I understood what it’s like to have an issue that makes you feel nervous and cautious as you try to stay strong, mobile and limber. My students were my teachers, and I was theirs.

Healthy Aging & Bone Health Expert Yoga Therapist C-IAYT, E-RYT® 500, POLY, YACEP®, Health Coach & FDN Practitioner

Yoga for Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis and Bone Health…
I began to study Yoga for Osteoporosis with Dr Loren Fishman to learn from him as a yogi and as a doctor who has pioneered the treatment of osteoporosis, because it was important to me to stay safe and to keep those I work with safe. I trusted him as a physician so what I would practice for my body, bones and joints was safe and in turn safe for my clients. I began to specialize in bone health and osteoporosis in particular because I was experiencing how important it is to maintain strong bones and joints to live an active and full life. I was learning that our bones are our foundation and when you feel like you can’t rely on them it’s a sad and scary place to be.

I had a total hip replacement when I was 51 and this began my journey back to living a full active life…

Then I figured out how to heal myself…
While I was recovering from my surgery, I wanted to completely heal myself physically and I wanted to have balanced hormones, have energy and be the best I could be as I age. I wanted to get to the root cause of my hormone issues and keep my bones as strong as they could be and not rely on medications. I am very health minded and prefer a natural approach to healing and I am attracted to functional and integrative medicine for this reason. I ran 5 functional labs through saliva, urine, stool and blood and began to implement healthy healing protocols to get healthy from the inside out. I balanced my hormones, revved up my digestion, lost weight, stopped chronic inflammation and I even went off my thyroid medication.

I Understand the Struggle…
I know what it feels like to be handicapped, to feel weak and feel like your bones and body have failed you. I know what it feels like to be nervous about what the future holds for you and to wonder if you will ever be healthy or active again. I know what it feels like to have no energy and the uncertainty you feel when you feel blah in your body and mind. I understand how it feels to be cautious of choosing the right methods that are safe to build you back up slowly and surely without pain or injury.

And now I have a body that is healthy, balanced and I can rely on it to take me on fabulous journeys…
When you have a diagnosis of osteoporosis or an issue in your body involving pain or fragility, it puts you in such a protective place. I felt fragile and was so cautious with movement and needed to know how to proceed slowly. I had to discover those answers for myself and I did!

This is in Pondicherry India 6 months after my total hip replacement. The front leg I am counting on is my new hip;)

Insight

I have insight into what it’s like to have an aging body and the degenerative process of losing function in our muscles, joints and bones and in our biochemistry. When we lose our ability to weight-bear, to hold ourselves up and to move around it ends up having a deeper effect in our mind and emotional state. I had always been a happy camper then this injury and my lack of ability to keep living an active life wrecked my peace and inner happy. It was so interesting to observe how slowly and surely when we lose our ability to move and be active it will affect your mental emotional wellbeing. Then that can be a downward spiral…

Foresight

I also have foresight because at the same time I was teaching to the 55+ crowd specializing in bone health and observed hundreds of people as they were aging. Many of my students have osteoporosis, replacement parts and/or issues in their tissues like me. I noticed what happens after years of our muscles (sarcopenia) and bones (osteopenia and Osteoporosis) degenerating and what happens once the nerves don’t communicate with the muscles and balance becomes a challenge. I observed the breakdown in the mental and emotional layer; the sadness, the fear, the pain, the suffering, and what it can be like if we lose function and mobility.

My Mission

I am on a mission to help people realize that aging is a degenerative process and it is a use it or lose it proposition. I want to warn you what lies ahead if you don’t take action and what you can do to prevent arriving there, because it is possible through movement, nutrition and mindset. I work with my clients to get to the root cause of dysfunction and bone density loss so they can stop it and reverse it. Adding daily micro-movements into your life, whether that’s for an hour or a minute or anywhere in between is vital to remain strong, healthy and active as you age. To realize that this package you live in won’t last forever, as you may have thought in your 20’s, that there is a degenerative process taking place in the background. I’ll help you go deeper and look at your body at a cellular level of function and do what you need to get back to a place where you stop losing bone, balance your biochemistry and improve your health.

If you want to have a strong body, strong bones and great balance…

An osteoporosis diagnosis give you a feeling of fragility that can bring you to your knees and to tears and I have observed this in my clients for many years. I love observing those I work with as they get stronger in their body and mind and gain stronger balance which is critical to bone health. I love when their DXA scan results come back and the numbers have improved! I especially love the confidence they gain when they develop a strong body, strong bones, strong balance and realize that they can dance and play forever!

If you feel frustrated and even hopeless, I’d love to help you realize that healing is possible. It is one day at a time, one movement and one breath at a time. The fact that you’re here reading this and that you found me, is a sign. I am on a mission to teach and share ways to work on getting stronger in your bones and body, adopting healthy daily habits and shifting your mindset to enjoy your one precious life!

I look forward to meeting you!!!