Debra’s Journey to Children’s Yoga
Debra Vega’s journey to yoga first began with a background in dance. Starting at the age of 4, she innocently started taking tap dance lessons, but little did she know it would lead her to a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance Performance and a career of professional performing, choreography, and instruction in dance. Her introduction to yoga came later in her career as a supplement to her dance training, which would later turn into a way of life.
In her performing career, she has traveled the United States and Europe in National and European Tours, danced on Broadway and at Regional Theatres across the country, and even performed as a “Radio City Rockette” for 4 seasons in New York. Her Choreography career is ongoing, as she choreographs professional AEA Musical Theatre productions, Platinum award winning dance competition routines, and even “1st Wedding Dances” for local weddings.
Debra’s teaching career began as she taught her first pre-ballet class at the age of 15. She’s been teaching dance ever since, now for over 25 years. She taught all through her performing career, in and around New York City. She even traveled to Seoul, South Korea in late 2007 to help open a new performing arts school, The Institute of Creative Arts (ICA). It is through all of this rewarding work that she has done with children, which has brought her to unite her two passions of dance and yoga together.
Debra received her Children’s Yoga Certification from the Radiant Child Yoga Program (RCYP) for children and teens, offered at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. In her Vega Yoga Children’s Program, she has taken this training and combined it with her dance background by offering dance and creative movement to her younger students. For Debra’s older students, she treats the class more like an adult yoga class, but in using all of her teaching experience, is able to offer a kid-friendly twist.
With the help and support of her husband, Aaron, Debra is thrilled to be able to offer her Vega Yoga Children’s Yoga Program at their studio, enabling the joy of yoga to be spread to yogi’s both young and young at heart!