Studying the Mind-Body connection is Debbi Murphy’s life work. She earned a masters in psychology and a doctorate in exercise science from the University of Missouri and was known as that community’s fitness expert, appearing regularly on the TV show “Pepper & Friends.” Seeking deeper meaning, she pursued the study of yoga. She worked with teachers such as John Friend, Richard Freeman, Shiva Rea, and Seane Corn and found her true home in Erich Schiffmann’s teacher training & philosophical approach to the yogic life. In 2001, Shanti Yoga Studio & School came to life. The teacher training emerges out of hundreds of hours of study and practice and emphasizes the transformative power of yoga.
Through more than 40 years of practice, Debbi embodies the personal empowerment of yoga as well as the evolving dynamic art and science of yoga. Debbi’s passion for teaching and modeling the yogic life has inspired Shanti’s expansion to Om Yoga in Sayulita, Mexico, the Yoga Tree of Boise, the Woodriver Valley, and Pocatello. All her classes are grounded in sound biomechanics, mind-body-spirit integration, and her heart lies in the transitory nature of the beautiful flow in the vinyasa tradition. Debbi grounds herself in McCall and Boise, Idaho with her husband Mike and she is currently enveloped in the love of her first grandbaby, Lily.