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 and 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. That could be written as a testimonial from someone in my class. So many want to offer testimonials but are shy about their writing. I could ask someone if this seems accuate to them – and if they want to add or subtract anything.(But really, you have to try it yourself—it is indescribable and unique to each dancer.)
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’m also a Black Belt Nia Teacher, a certified Integral Hatha Yoga Instructor, a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, and a Mindful Change Coach.
Most importantly to me, I am the mom of an amazing 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.