Leading Ladies 2017

Debra Manera

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For Debra Manera, owner of Essence Yoga, the practice is about more than just stretching. “I use yoga to help me balance my life,” she says. “Yoga won’t take away all the ‘stuff’ we have going on, but it will help us cope with it.” She opened her own studio not long after her dad’s passing. “He always encouraged me to live life to the fullest,” Debra says. Essence Yoga offers affordable daily yoga practice and body treatments, has classes for families to practice together, and often hosts community classes to benefit local nonprofits. “I don’t even call this a job, because teaching yoga is truly a gift for me.”

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