Deborah Ketter, BFA, ERYT 500, Kripalu 1000, advanced Veriditas facilitator

Deborah Ketter, BFA, ERYT 500, Kripalu 1000, advanced Veriditas facilitator

About My Journey

I attended by first workshop at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, North America’s largest yoga training center, in 2003, shortly after a seven-circuit labyrinth was installed. As an artist, I was curious about the symbol of the labyrinth, so I walked it as a group, learned to draw one and began to study its origins, history and power as a spiritual tool.

A year later, I returned to Kripalu for a month-long, 200-hour yoga teacher training. Following my training, I began teaching in my local area and continued to study Kripalu yoga as well as other styles of yoga. I went on to study Yoga Nidra, training in the iRest® practice, a specific form of Yoga Nidra developed by Richard Miller, Ph D.

 Today, I hold the highest certification at Kripalu with over 1000 hours of training, including more than 200 hours of study in Ayurveda. I also completed a 200-hour training in Anusara yoga and have trained in Svaroopa Style yoga along with countless workshops with teachers from all traditions.

 My interest in labyrinths continued, and in 2011 I attended my first labyrinth training with Lauren Artress of Veriditas at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. I went on to study with master labyrinth builder Robert Ferre and am now a certified advanced Veriditas facilitator. I have built both permanent and temporary labyrinths, presented at the Labyrinth Society’s annual gathering and offered labyrinth workshops at hospitals, cancer support centers, schools, community centers, and yoga centers, including Kripalu in 2015.

 In 2013, I became interested in the practice of Qigong and trained with Master Yang Yang in EBQ (Evidence Based Qigong). I continue to study Qigong and now bring together Qigong with traditional yoga postures in a practice I call YoChi Flow. I offer YoChi Flow in local classes and workshops at the Princeton Center for Yoga and Health.