Debi Grilo is a Certified Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga Teacher, E-RYT, and the Director of Teacher Development at Bala Vinyasa Yoga, promoting the growth and development of the teaching team. She facilitates the Bala Vinyasa 200 hour teacher training program. Debi is a mentor for The Africa Yoga Project and a lululemon Ambassador
In Debi's classes, the space is created for transformation, recognizing that our yoga mat is a mirror for the rest of our lives, seeing where we have blocks and within this we all have the power to break through and create the life we want. Debi is a positive, inspirational teacher with an in-depth knowledge of yoga alignment and philosophy. She is able to seamlessly land you in your body, connect you to your spirit and generate possibility.
Debi shares from herself freely, drawing from her own yoga practice, career as a psychotherapist, motherhood and family life. She comfortably moves from teaching a powerful vinyasa class to a deeply meditative restorative practice, incorporating alignment, therapeutics and personal growth. She masterfully balances instruction to the individual student while creating a supportive community environment. Debi's classes are impactful, challenging students both physically and spiritually.
Debi began yoga in 1986 and her took her first teacher training in 1997 at The Kripalu Yoga Center. Debi has been an on going student of Baron Baptiste since 2008. She has also studied with Tias Little, Rodney Yee, Aadil Pakhivala and David Swenson. Debi graduated from Adelphi University in 1993 with a Masters in Clinical Social Work and holds a LCSW in the state of Florida. "I believe in yoga's ability to not only transform our bodies, but also our lives and I am honored to pay it forward!"
My mission is to live fearlessly in full expression of myself. To be a bold leader, empowering others to be in their greatness. I love generously and live in gratitude. I will hold the space for transformation and inspire others to shine at their fullest potential.
"Debi has an amazing presence and through her languaging and way of being, I feel supported within the class, which allows for me to go easily into a relaxed state. Debi is able to create ease in the room with her tone of voice and her authentic sharing consistently resonates with me. Her use of the ujjayi breath helps to encourage students to always come back to their breath as a way to still the mind." Laura Coccomo-Hajjar
"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, but learning how to dance in the rain." ~Vivian Greene