Deborah Caruana graduated from ISHTA 300-HR TT in 2010. She has been
teaching fitness and private yoga classes for 20 years. Her specialties are
Private Yoga, Yoga for Healing Addictions and Eating Disorders, Holistic
Coaching, Energy Healing, and Fitness for Yogi’s.
1. How did you know that the ISHTA Lineage was something that you
wanted to practice and immerse your life in?
I had been practicing and teaching yoga for a few years (when I say yoga I
mean asana), but I wanted to go deeper and have inspirational
breakthroughs and insights and knew that Alan Finger had studied with multiple
great yogis from India and decided this was where I needed to study.
2. Planning for a class, what is your approach and how/where do you
begin? i.e., with music, a sutra, building to a peak pose,
incorporating philosophy, or see who shows up?
I love leading with anuloma viloma and nadi shodhana
breath; it relaxes and opens inner expansiveness, and brings consciousness into
that expanse. Sometimes I use kapalabhati
I had decided on continuing to teach
private yoga and once I made that decision the clients came. They prefer no
music, and prefer the mood created with breath, voice and soft instruction.
Before the session I ask about injuries, aches and pains, and desires for the
session to accommodate their needs.
I find that within the practice, the lesson
unfolds, and the sutra reveals itself based on what comes up in the
session. The body is a metaphor for the inner state and all issues are revealed
and expressed through the body, which is an ongoing resource of information.
Sometimes at the end I take them into meditation or an
extended savasana sometimes very brief one. I focus on bringing
in the light to ignite the inner radiance.
3. What were the milestones in your teaching and practice; how has
your approach to teaching and practicing changed with time?
Teaching and practice simply deepens, becomes more insightful, more
easeful, and I witness amazing transformations with my students as their heart
opens and the spine and body realigns, or the hips get stronger, or they stabilize and
find their foundation and feel their roots, or they unwind, creating an internal
opening. Then I see them looking ten years younger. I see people transform into their
true, magnificent, happy, joyous and free states as I bring them into happy
baby. I give them focus assignments to help them maintain that state through
their day to day.
4. What challenges have you experienced as a yoga
Whatever I view as a challenge I know is a reflection of my inner state. I
can choose to react or search deeper into source to find the ease, and there is
no longer conflict but enlightened response. We create our reality and I try my
best to remember that.
5. What are the lightest and most fun moments for your students and
you during your yoga classes? What about classes you have taken from other
They always laugh when I tell them the back half of their body is asleep so
they look like warrior in a hurry.
6. What are your recommendations for new teachers during their
first year of teaching?
Get as much experience as you can teaching to get more at ease with it. The
more you share it, the more you retain and are open for more.
7. Is there anything else you’d like to share with our alumni about
your experience with ISHTA over the years?
Your greatest challenges are you greatest gifts, look for the lessons. So
instead of going into resistance, go into acceptance.