Deborah Saliby Deborah Saliby was raised in New England and graduated from University of Massachusetts Lowell with a BA in Psychology and Art. After receiving her B.A. and following her deeply set interest in aspects of mental and physical well-being, she moved to California in 1979. Fortunate to discover Yoga in college at the YWCA she embarked upon a new path in life and never turned back. Her yoga teacher at the time Sue Luby directed her to the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco. Three years later she completed the Iyengar yoga certification training and moved to Berkeley. Back then is was called, “The Institute for Yoga Teacher Education “later renamed The Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco.

At 28 years old, Deborah now a trained yoga teacher and teaching in private venues in the East Bay, went on to study and practice different forms of meditation and healing, (i.e. Vipassana, Zen, energy work, hypnotherapy and hypnoBirthing). Today her yoga classes are informed by 41 years of practice, study and teaching. Some of her most revered yoga teachers through the years are; Donald Moyer, Judith Lasater, Mary Dunn, Aadil Palkhivala, Rammanand Patel, Jaki Nett, Manouso Manos and dear friend, Janet MacLeod. She continues to be inspired by her students and the therapeutic method of Iyengar yoga.

In 2001 Deborah attended the Iyengar convention with Geeta Iyengar in Pasadena Ca. In 2006 she attended the Iyengar convention with B.K.S. Iyengar in Estes Park, Colorado. Following that she also took workshops with Sunita Iyengar at the IYISF as well as Patricia Walden and Lois Steinberg.

In 2008 Deborah went back to school to further her education in yoga, studied through the intensive apprenticeship approach IYNAUS (Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States), and received the National Yoga certification of Iyengar yoga in 2011. Following her yoga training Deborah revisited earlier academic interests, attended graduate school and earned a teaching credential as an Education Specialist. She is currently a full-time teacher for severely handicapped children, k-3 and part time yoga teacher in the East Bay.

For more information, schedule and to contact Deborah, email deborah,, 510-541-1395

“Very little is needed to make a happy life. It is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”
–   Marcus Aurelius

Deborah doing downward dog

"I have attended Deborah Saliby's Saturday Iyengar classes for 7 years. I see that many of her pre-natal students have written about her skills as  a teacher in that area.  I wanted to urge yogis who are stepping up to a more advanced level to try Deborah's 2-3 level Sat class.  If you have not experienced the Iyengar style, it may seem "odd" - should I say slow and precise.  But it is just that, that makes it so informative.  Early in my practice, ego made me think that if I could do more vigorous and complex  poses, I was a better yogi.  Now I see that I learned many things sloppily/wrong. I am grateful that Deborah is helping me to build a sustainable practice so that I can do yoga for a lifetime.  She is a hands-on teacher for all her students.  Her knowledge is extensive (25+ years as a yogi) and she is still studying with masters, so we get the benefit of that."



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