At the age of sixteen, chronic illness and obesity led Deacon to a fateful meeting with a local Ayurvedic doctor, which created a seismic shift in Deacon’s perception of food, health, and physical balance. Heeding the advice of his doctor, Deacon modified his diet, began practicing yoga, and succeeded in losing over one hundred and forty pounds. Once he was educated and empowered to understand what was causing him to be sick, the steps to reclaiming his health became clear and simple. To Deacon, Ayurveda and yoga just make sense together. As a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist with a background in communications, Deacon believes in a practical, straightforward, and easily “digestible” approach to Ayurveda and yoga, which he has taught and practiced for over ten years, and which he looks forward to sharing with members of Ratna Ling’s balancing retreats.
Michaela has been teaching yoga for eight years, having received all of her training through Baron Baptiste. Before teaching yoga, she worked as a personal trainer for several years, developing a strong background in anatomy that she uses today to keep her yoga students safe in their practice. At Ratna Ling retreats, she will embolden students to seek mindful growth through a strong, grounded practice which will support the advanced practitioner as well as be accessible to beginning yogis while always ensuring health and safety in a non-judgmental atmosphere.
Ginger Schechter, M.D. is a Board Certified Internist with fifteen years of experience in healthcare. She holds a BA from UC Berkeley, received her MD at the Chicago Medical School, and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the Cedar-Sinai Medical Center. She has workedextensively with veterans through the Veterans Administration and currently serves as Yoga ONE’s Medical Director of Education, working closely with Deacon Carpenter on developing and facilitating its continuing education programs. She believes that integrating Ayurvedic and Western Medicine, with a focus on prevention, is the future of healthcare.
Shari has been a consistent meditation practitioner since 1976 and has studied with outstanding meditation masters from traditions all over the world, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama. She holds a B.A. degree from Naropa University and a Master’s degree from World Medicine Institute in Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has studied with Qi Gung masters in China, Hawaii and Thailand, and movement teachers in the U.S. and Israel. Shari welcomes you to experience the joy and discovery of meditation and meditative movement during your time together.