Debra Kelley

Debra Kelley, the proud founder and director of Decatur Yoga & Pilates, discovered the rich benefits of yoga while working for Southern Living Magazine, where the stresses and dissatisfaction of corporate life on the road led to her first yoga class in1995. She was hooked after her first class, received a leave of absence to get her first training in LA and has been a perpetual student ever since. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher certified to teach Bikram, Vinyasa and Yin yoga, has taken Prenatal training with Stacy Keach, Essential Mat Training through Stott Pilates, Level 1 Pilates Reformer with Balanced Body and consistently attends national yoga conferences and workshops to embrace the role of being a student with a “beginners’ mind”. She opened her first yoga studio in 2003 and discovered that her calling was to be “the anchor” that a studio needs to grow and prosper which led to a second location that opened in 2018. Debra enjoys the opportunity to share the fundamentals of yoga with new students and receives great reward in witnessing their progress over time.  She is a stickler for safety, since she personally experienced a serious and unnecessary injury at the hands of an overzealous and unknowledgeable teacher. As a result, safety has become the cornerstone of the studios. Her teaching style emphasizes proper alignment, mind-full breath and foundation stability while always encouraging an attitude of acceptance and an awareness of mind-body intelligence. Her role as owner is to offer as many slices of the “yoga pie” as possible, taught in the safest way, so that DYP students may be exposed to the many ways that yoga can be expressed. The variety of yoga styles offered at DYP, reflect her interest in and appreciation of an eclectic, balanced and evolving yoga practice. Her time away from the studios is spent with her dog Bindi, her Old Florida beach cottage, back-yard gardening, bird watching on her screened porch and renovating almost anything.