Deborah Ann Baker: Keeping Hope Alive


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Today’s guest is our Denver neighbor, friend, and the owner of Park Hill Yoga, Deborah Baker. As an Iyengar Yoga certified instructor with 30 years of experience, Deborah is sharing her passion for mindfulness and movement through her studio that she’s been running for 25 years now. Alongside her love for yoga, Deborah also has a love for language. She has her Masters in Linguistics, and is fluent in both German and Spanish—basically, Deborah has a love for life and is deeply in love with her own. This past year we’ve witnessed Deborah’s resilience, curiosity, and strength as she’s navigated some health concerns that have put her in touch with the magic of being alive in a whole new way.

Throughout this conversation we discuss strength as curiosity, power in the face of powerlessness, the value of human connection, wiring vs. essence, and staying close to hope in the midst of fear and uncertainty. As Deborah’s been navigating a potentially life-threatening reality, she’s devoted her energy to cherishing the life she has right now, in this breath. She’s chosen a life-affirming perspective—one that she so generously shares with us here. We’re moved by Deborah’s passion for life and hope this conversation might be a portal to this wild miracle of aliveness that’s here for you, too.

Full show notes, downloadables, and links are also available at—and watch the conversation on YouTube here!

Keep the conversation going...

Table Question: What does hope mean to you, and what keeps you close to that?

Journal Prompt: This is what it means to “hold myself”...

Action Step: Come up with a short, clear list of self-soothing activities and/or mantras that ground you in the midst of overwhelm. Place it somewhere easily-spottable for reference whenever you might need it.

View the printable worksheet on Google Docs

Further exploration:

Man’s Search For Meaning by Victor Frankl

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Hard Times by Pema Chodron

Learn more about Deborah’s work:

This is a production of Lightward, Inc.

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