Deborah Douglas was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Growing up with three older brothers she could “run, catch, throw, and climb” with the best of them. At age 12, Deborah started dance lessons at a neighborhood studio with “Ms. Billie”. She took ballet, jazz, tap, and acrobatics with the dream to be a ballerina and dance teacher.
After high school, Deborah stopped dancing but was introduced to karate. This particular style of karate, ShorinRyu, reminded her of the choreographed movements of dance, so she really enjoyed it. Deborah started teaching karate at her dojo in the ’70s and continued until she retired in 2007.
For about 5 years, Deborah didn’t teach at all. She wasn’t happy and started gaining weight. She eventually decided to take action and hired a trainer to get back in shape. Through her trainer, she connected with a yoga instructor. After a year of practicing yoga, which she had been introduced to back when she taught karate, Deborah realized she wanted to teach yoga.
At that time she took a teacher training course and opened her yoga studio in 2013. At present, Deborah continues to teach yoga and tai chi but has rebranded to focus on Reiki, a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that promotes healing. She also added aromatherapy – which is the custom blending of essential oils for each client’s specific health issues. Deborah believes these non-traditional methods can complement traditional medical treatments.
Listen to Deborah as she talks about her passion for Reiki and aromatherapy, and how people can access her services whether they live in Houston or not.
Deborah Douglas, Stress Elimination Specialist
Reiki Master Practitioner (RMP), Certified Aromatherapist (CA), Tai Chi Teacher, Certified Yoga Instructor (CYI), Renshi (6th-degree black belt) – ShorinY\Ryu (Okinawan Karate)