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 The Science of Joy

 

I’m Dr. Deb Kern, and I fuse my academic background with ancient wisdom to create relatable and practical teachings that have helped women around the world create health, balance, serenity, and joy in their personal and professional lives.

I have observed, time and time again, that when we take actions in our own healing and become aware of the patterns that disconnect body & mind, miracles can occur in every area of our lives—and I adore inspiring others to experience these miracles.

I’ve conducted original, groundbreaking academic research that revealed that mind/body integrated forms of exercise reduce anxiety more effectively than conventional ones. I’ve also traveled far and wide—off the beaten path—in search of wisdom traditions. I’ve studied herbal medicine while living with indigenous women in the Costa Rican rainforest and learned yoga and Ayurveda while living and studying at Satchidananda ashram in the U.S. and with my teachers in Bali and India.

Combined, these varied studies have helped me evolve practices and tools that help people heal physical and emotional wounds in order to live the life their soul desires to express.

 
 
 
 

Whether giving a keynote address to thousands or leading an intimate retreat, I love sharing my movement form: PranaShakti Dance. My inclusive style, deep wisdom, and infectious enthusiasm create a rare and powerful mind/body/spirit experience. My students say my class is a cross between psychotherapy, church, and an exercise class.  But really, you have to try it yourself—it is indescribable and unique to each woman who experiences it.

I’ve written two books: Everyday Wellness for Women and Create the Body Your Soul Desires. I studied nursing at Vanderbilt University and hold a B.A. and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a Ph.D. in health sciences from Texas Woman’s University. I’ve completed teacher trainings in Nia, Integral Hatha Yoga, Pilates Mat Work, Zumba and Tantra Yoga. And I hold certificates in Phoenix Rising Yoga, Therapy, Thai Massage, Reiki, Healing Touch and Mindful Change Coaching.

Most importantly to me, I an amazing son and bonus mom to a miraculous bonus son.

Oh, one more thing - I’ve experienced the loss of a marriage, a pregnancy, a job, a home, health and  social status. I know what it’s like to be burned to ash, then to rise as a phoenix.

Perhaps you do, too.

If so, let me reassure you—it’s never too late to create the life your soul desires.

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Biography

Dr. Deb Kern is a health scientist, visionary teacher and guide who is dedicated to helping women live divinely embodied lives.  From the rain forest of Costa Rica to the foothills of the Himalayas  to the south of India to the jungles of Bali to the shores of Maui to the interior of Mexico,  Deb has traveled far and wide to study and apprentice with master teachers, shamans, yogis, herbalists and healers.  Her varied studies and experiences have helped her evolve practices and tools that help women embody the divine feminine and live pleasurable, purposeful, spirit-infused lives.

Dr. Deb’s years of practice as a nurse, health educator, personal trainer, yoga teacher, Nia teacher ayoga therapist combined with her life experiences have given her insights not found in books.  She has observed, time and time again, that when we take actions in our own healing and become aware of the patterns that disconnect body and mind, miracles can occur in every area of our lives—and she adores inspiring others to experience these miracles.

She’s the the author of Everyday Wellness for Women and Create the Body Your Soul Desires, creatrix of a healing movement practice called PranaShakti™ Dance and the mom of an amazing young man.

Academic Record:

Dr. Kern studied Nursing at Vanderbilt University and holds a B.A. and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a Ph.D. in Health Sciences from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. In addition, she has completed teacher trainings in Nia, Integral Hatha Yoga, Pilates Mat Work, Zumba and Tantra Yoga. And holds certificates in Phoenix Rising Yoga, Therapy, Thai Massage, Reiki, Healing Touch and Mindful Change Coaching.


Key points

  • I’m the former Executive Director of Lifestyle Enrichment at the prestigious Lake Austin Spa Resort.

  • I’m a sought-after speaker on mind/body/spirit health. You can see me in action HERE.

  • I’m the author of “Everyday Wellness for Women” and co-author of “Create the Body Your Soul Desires: The Friendship Solution to Weight, Energy and Sexuality.”

  • I’ve facilitated healing retreats and provided one-on-one life coaching sessions for the past 20 years.

  • I studied Nursing at Vanderbilt University and received a B.A. and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.

  • I received a Ph.D. in Health Sciences from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX.

  • I’ve completed teacher trainings in Nia, Integral Hatha Yoga, Pilates Mat Work, Zumba and Tantra Yoga. And I hold certificates in Phoenix Rising Yoga, Therapy, Thai Massage, Reiki, Healing Touch and Mindful Change Coaching.