Tell us a little about yourself:
My name is Deborah Yen.
When I was 15, I wanted to become a fashion designer. After high school I went to New York City to attend Parsons School of Design for fashion design. I started working in the fashion industry right after graduating. I’ve worked in New York City and Taipei (Taiwan) designing apparel. Currently I am working in Seattle, Washington designing children’s costumes and clothing.
I discovered yoga when I was going to school in New York City. I started at the YMCA there with hatha yoga, then tried Bikram yoga after that. I would practice yoga on and off as I moved to different cities around the world. I’ve had the pleasure of exploring jivamukti yoga, iyengar yoga, and vinyasa yoga. I connected the most to the vinyasa yoga culture of Seattle and was the reason why I have pursed the 200 hour yoga training program through CorePower Yoga.
Yoga has always been a tool for me in life to help me destress mentally as well as helping physically unwind after long hours of work and school. I signed up for the April 2016 Street Yoga training to be able to help others who want to learn how yoga can help them in their lives.
What was your inspiration behind your Lotus OM design?
I was really inspired by the Om symbol because it is the unifying vibration of all things in life, just like the meaning of “yoga” is to “join.”
I created the symbol with the different stages of a lotus because I wanted it to be a reminder that you are perfect at every stage in life just like the different stages of the flower.
As a bud it is full of hope, as a young flower it is full of youth and potential, in full bloom, the flower is in full expression, and as it wilts, it builds richness and character.
So wherever you may be in life, you are perfect as you are and exactly where you need to be.
What prompted you to volunteer with Street Yoga?
Yoga has been an amazing tool for me in life, and I would like to share it with whoever wants to learn it. I admire the work that street yoga does, and would love to learn how to better serve those that have yet had the opportunity to learn about yoga.
Do you have any fun projects you are working on that you’d like to share?
I currently enjoy creating more floral-themed art.
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