About Us

Village Yoga Center

About Us

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Debbie Wolski ERYT 500

Debbie discovered Yoga in 1971, as a remedy for back pain due to a condition called Scoliosis. Scoliosis is a lateral curvature of the spine. “My doctor assured me that by the time,

I was 30, I would be riddled with arthritis and possibly confined to a wheelchair,” she recalls. That was nearly 40 years ago! Thanks to a consistent Yoga practice, Debbie’s condition has improved rather than declined.

A fitness professional since 1980, she launched Yoga programs in every fitness facility and health club in the Modesto area. In 1997, Debbie filmed 12 episodes of “Yoga Magic”, a television show that aired on Modesto’s public access station on cable. In 2000, she opened Modesto’s first yoga studio, Village Yoga Center, in McHenry Village, offering over 30 classes a week.
In 2001 she created The Art of Yoga, a school registered with Yoga Alliance offering 200 and 500 hour
Teacher Training and certification programs. She is a certified personal trainer, as well as a
certified Yoga and Pilates instructor.

Her mentors include Swami Ganesh Nand of New Delhi, India, Charles Schoelen
aka Yogi Shalom of Fresno, and Lilias Folan of Ohio. Debbie focuses on positive, empowering imagery and restorative Hatha Yoga to enhance the body’s natural ability to heal.

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Tammy E. Thompson ERYT 500

   Teacher, Sound Practitioner, Dreamer!

                    Let's be clear what I'm aiming for Here
To encourage you to find your inner strength to "Feel" Fulfilled.
I study and Teach Yin, Meditation and Restorative styles of yoga.  My passion for Traveling and studying with advocates, authors, and founders of yoga over the last 10 years opened up my practice to what I call  "My Journey through Sound". Sound Healing has guided me onto an exciting path of holistic wellness that I immensely enjoy sharing this with my students. Always learning, always growing, always reaching.
Through Yoga & Sound you can find, Clarity, Inspiration & Relaxation.
 " The Hardest Part is Showing Up"
Namaste Friends.
  • Certified health instructor
  • Certificate in kinesiology
  • Physical fitness assessment and development Certified
  • Certificate in Sound Healing Therapy
  • Associates degree program sound healing.

Cynthia Christensen ERYT 500

Cynthia came to yoga later in life, at the age of 50, through an extreme grief process that had turned into unmanageable depression. Over time, through yogic practices.

Cynthia has committed her life to the study and practice of yoga, becoming a yoga therapist and teacher.

Her specialties in therapy are psychological and structural, with an emphasis on overcoming psychosomatic pain.

Cynthia is a former elementary/reading/TESOL teacher with an MA in English. She considers yoga asana to be her third language.


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Emily Combs  ERYT 500

Emily lives in Modesto. She grew up doing acrobatics and naturally gravitated toward
yoga in college. Yoga was much better because it made her body, mind, and spirit feel so good!
She is deeply inspired by Iyengar yoga and the transformative power of the practice. After
having children and suffering chronic low back pain because of difficult deliveries, her practice
became more focused on gentle and therapeutic uses of yoga.
Debbie Wolski was her first yoga teacher and introduced her to the practice of yoga many years
ago. She also considers Leslie Howard and Gay White important teachers. In addition to
receiving her 200 hour yoga teaching certificate at Village Yoga in 2007, she is also finishing a
500 hour Advanced Studies Program at The Yoga Room Berkeley. She completed Leslie
Howard’s “Pelvic Revolution” teacher training in 2017.

Tawney ERYT 200, RYT 500

Tawney’s journey with Yoga began when she was a child. Her introduction was facilitated by her mother
and she spent early mornings actively stretching through Hatha poses in the comfort of their home and
weekends listening to the teachings of Kriya Yoga at the Self-realization Foundation. Over a 40-year
time span she found herself curious about the deeper facets. It wasn’t until 2016 when she found
herself at a spiritual crossroads that she decided to embark on a 2-month adventure to India. While
there she received her 500-hour certification in both Hatha & Ashtanga Yoga.

India and the full absorption of Yoga altered Tawney’s life in a way she had never imagined. She focused
all her efforts on learning to understand her physical body and found balance through meditation on the
banks of the Ganga River. Tawney knew when she returned, it was imperative to share this
empowerment with others. Her passion for the practice and willingness to learn is directly connected to
the influence of Hatha & Ashtanga’s 8 Limb lineage passed down over thousands of years from Patanjal’s Sutras.

Tawney has discovered that Yoga is so much more than just physically stretching. It is through her
personal experience that she recognizes our minds and bodies are directly linked based on the energies
we give and receive. Yoga is the conduit of transformation and has empowered Tawney to assist others
in letting go of any mental or physical obstacles that challenge the human condition.
It is her belief that Yoga can cultivate a high vibration of gratitude, confidence, humility, and health by
stimulating the full mind-body & spirit connection. Whatever your personal level of practice, Tawney has
the ability to help you reach your own physical, mental or spiritual goals. She continues to immerse
herself in a variation of styles old and new. More recently she has become certified in Vinyasa Flow and Buti Yoga, a collaboration of Yoga, primal dance movement and plyometrics.

Enjoying the Journey

 Village Yoga Center LLC is pleased to offer a truly unique experience. Our beginner-friendly, therapeutic approach to the ancient tradition of Hatha Yoga, welcomes all fitness levels and abilities.

Our staff of certified professionals are passionate about the benefits of Yoga and living a balanced lifestyle. Let us help you set goals, engage in a personal practice, reduce stress and live the fullest life possible.

Our beautiful studio provides a tranquil “get-away from daily pressures. Step into stillness as you strengthen your mind~body awareness through yoga, meditation and breathing techniques.

Everything you need to create a beautiful life...