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Debbie Harvley, founder and director of Mat Works Yoga, is a certified yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance. She has been a student and teacher of Hatha Yoga since 2001. Certified at the Asheville Yoga Center, she is an RYT 200 Instructor registered with Yoga Alliance. She is currently finishing her 500-hour program. She has studied with many gifted teachers including Stephanie Keach, Shala Worsley, Cindy Dollar, Paul Grilley, Roger Cole, Scott Blossom, Rod Stryker, Heather Tiddens and Doug Keller. She teaches an eclectic mix of yoga with influences of Vinyasa Flow, Iyengar, Yin and Restorative.

Debbie helps her students discover, as she did, the amazing effects of yoga on the physical body as well as uplifting the mental and emotional states of being. She utilizes a more holistic approach to healing with yoga as her guide and a personal determination to make a difference in her own health and well being.

A teacher at heart, she directs the class to the specific needs of the individual or group regardless of age, health or experience.

The experience of personally rehabilitating a back injury with regular yoga practice has produced a compassionate approach to teaching students with various needs.

In addition to providing group classes, Debbie’s specialty is to work one on one with a student in a private instruction setting, to provide individualized attention and instructor guided adjustments to help the student enhance their practice.

Registered Yoga Teacher - Yoga Alliance

Credentials

  • RYT 200 – Yoga Alliance
  • Certified Yoga Instructor, Asheville Yoga Center
  • Fitour Pilates Certification
  • YMCA of America Group Exercise
  • YMCA of America Personal Trainer
  • Silver Sneakers Certification, Health Care Dimensions National healthcare fitness program for active older adults.
  • CPR
  • First Aid
  • Child Abuse Prevention Training
  • Blood Borne Pathogens Training

Experience

Debbie has over 4,000 hours of teaching experience from December 2003 to present.

  • Anderson Area YMCA – Dec. 2003 to March 2007
  • Greenwood Family YMCA – May 2004 to December 2009
  • Main United Methodist Church of Greenwood, SC – 2005
  • Mat Works Yoga Studio of Donalds – April 2007 to April 2009
  • Skin Essential Spa of Greenwood, SC – Jan. 2009 to April 2009
  • Mat Works Yoga Studio of Greenwood – April 2009 to present
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