Happy Birthday to this lil guy

I rarely post pictures of my son or details of his life as I am not sure we are yet aware of the effects and impact SOcial media and distributing our life experiences may and I believe is already having on our lives and the lives of our children (Jay may decide to become prime minister one day and I would of course be giving advice secretly LOL) and also precious and more true moments are missed the more we stare at these screens. That being said, with My lil guys consent I say all this 👇🏽

It is not a surprise that this lil human (physically tall) was born on the Summer Solstice and International Indigenous People’s Day. Today I celebrate this boy turning 13 years old but more importantly the human being that he is.

I am continuously amazed by his emotional intelligence, kindness, and desire to want to be more than what boys are “told they should be” in this world. He completely defies the stereotypical gender role of being “a boy” and has cultivated a certain balance that I wish every child who grows into a man could experience within. It’s not just Freedom but a committment where one decides that
speaking out againist abuse, collaborating with female classmates, co-workers and life partners to end the cycle of violence, inequality, sexism,misogyny and fear is a way of life and a priority. That you are the same person when no one is looking.

Almost 14 years ago I chose my own freedom even though I was judged and rejected by family and the man who helped conceive the child-(never saw him again)
seen as a failure, a stereotype and one who was less than. I lost many friends and was judged by a lot of family, I was left with the financial and emotional responsbility to become a teacher, a guider, a parent to a human life on my own.

AND let me tell you, it was the best decision of my life. From the pregnancy, to the the actual day he was born, my heart was full and it was the first time that I chose Freedom despite all the naysayers and haters.

He was a symbol of my defiance against the patriarchy because oddly enough the people who were most terrified and ashamed of my decision were men, men who saw my body and agency as part of their identity and story.
I changed my last name to one that felt appropriate for my son and I- not because of marriage or to appease anyone and received confusion and anger from loved ones.

I made decisions that were not conventional the whole way through and finally chose a life that interrupted the cycle of emotional, physical, financial and spiritual suffering. It meant reconciling religion and moving out of ideology and anything that consciously or unconsciously spoke against equality, human rights and love, it meant having only friendships and people around me who elevated me, it meant choosing a career that was 17 hour days most times but on my own terms and with my passion and creative juice intertwined into every aspect, it meant letting go of family members that did not serve our highest good , letting go of pattens of abuse, manipulation, games, patterns of financial suffering, emotional suffering and most recently away from a marriage and long term relationship that at the root of it was a reflection of my past experiences of sexual assault and trauma.

Today, I look at my son and can take a long exhale and say “We did it.” We are such a resilient and grounded family today. What I know for sure is THIS, the greatest gift you can give your child is “TO GROW YOURSELF, To HEAL and to actualize your FUllest potential.” In This way, your very presence becomes an example of the possibility of healing, growth and full human potential for their lives.

And the quote I love to mention every year is this: Jay says at the age of 4, “Mommy, thank you for choosing to be my mom.” And I say, “I would choose you again and again.”

Happy 13th birth day to the most wonderful little human being I know.


Comfortable studio, excellent and interesting classes that change and vary. Great teachers, wonderful studio owner and teacher Selam. Also, convenient location and parking.

Martha Lobsinger

Best Yoga teacher ever! Truly concerned for my well being. Also… stretches me beyond my (limiting) capacity- thank you!

Kimberley Snider

Beautiful retreat just minutes from Uptown Waterloo, a gorgeous space with a loving atmosphere, and some powerful instructors!

Asia Nelson, Founder, Yoga Teacher Training, Pranalife Yoga

Always calming and nurturing always just what I need!

Erin Bowers Kiers

Clean, fresh facility. Friendly staff. Knowledge instructor.

Martyna Kapouranis
Great variety of classes to choose from and excellent instructors.
Michelle Krug

A very amazing and welcoming community! The classes have been really great and I’m glad I found a nice studio!


Selam has a wonderful aura of power and kindness, and it comes through in her beautiful teaching. Her studio is gorgeous with lots of natural light, easy to access, and the variety of classes and workshops offered are a great resource.

Meagan Walker

Selam is a wonderful teacher. I love the way she sequences a class – there are levels of difficulty and challenge that you can choose for yourself to have as hard or as relaxed a class as you’d like. She creates such a “zen” environment as well throughout the class, as well as at the end of class with the closing shavasana and essential oils, breath, and meditation. It’s just an all around excellent class and studio. I will keep coming back and have sent many friends and family members as well!

Sarah Eby
Few people show up in my Yoga Teacher Training program as well-equipped as Selam is, with the brains and braun to take on such a life-changing challenge plus the life experience and wisdom to handle the growth we do with grace. Selam is one of those rare gems, open to what life has to offer, intelligent, capable, joyful, and a pure delight to work with and know. If you’re looking to “get the right people on your bus” as James Collins advises, work with Selam. You’ll find her professional, creative, brilliant, and connected to her passion. It’s a privilege to be part of Selam’s journey as a Certified Yoga Instructor.
“You are water to dry souls on your path, Selam Debs. I’m so grateful to have you in my life.”
Asia Nelson

Fabulous Fearless Leader, Selam Debs is introducing he community to a wide range of practice, and events.

Peggy McIntosh

The instructors are amazing! love all the classes I attend here!

Pat Collins

This studio and it’s incredible owner are truly committed to building and sustaining community and individual growth.

Tara Kachroo

Selam and her studio Juici Yoga offer an immediate sense of peace and calm as soon as you walk through the door. Her kindness and passion for her practice shine through in each class which is thoughtfully and intentionally planned to meet her students where they are, from the movements to the cues she gives.

Lindsay Egan

I just love Selam’s classes! Her angelic voice, rhythmic sequencing, and soothing energy leave you feeling like you’ve floated away on a cloud to heaven. A smart, wise and powerful woman who advocates for everyone around her to feel truly seen.

Sarah Ann

The environment is so conducive to a positive yoga experience, serene, inviting, nourishing to the senses.

Julie Tonin

Welcoming and safe space, bringing our community the best yoga has to offer. If you haven’t been yet and are curious to try – go.

Shareefa Sayani
“Recently widowed, my mother was living alone for the first time in her life and experiencing a lot of anxiety in the evenings. I came from Texas for a visit and a friend recommended Selam for private in-home yoga lessons for my mom and me.My mom had never done yoga, and the prospect of her sitting still long enough to learn the basics was daunting. My hope was that she might learn some tools to calm her mind and not be so anxious when it was quiet… I scheduled six consecutive sessions and before the end of the first one, we had a breakthrough. Selam helped my mom connect with powerful emotions in a nurturing environment: we laughed, we cried, we stretched. Selam is perceptive, compassionate and generous. The impact of our time together persists and I’m grateful we found her.”
Barb Armstrong
Comfortable, welcoming, and just the right amount of challenge.
Esther Wirick

Juici Yoga is a beautiful and nurturing studio. Your experience will go well beyond the benefits of the physical exercise of yoga, as Selam Debs, the owner, is very knowledgeable about the spiritual connections and brings that seamlessly into everyone’s practice. Truly a gift to our community.

Carolina Miranda

Selam is a true gem! Her energy immediately warms the room. It is a pleasure to learn and practice along side her!

Christine Polak

Selam is a very compassionate teacher while guiding you through the moves and making you feel very comfortable in doing so. Challenging you to reach the best flexibility you can do at the moment and pushing you further to build your strength and endurance in all yoga positions.

Nyssa McDonald

Before I knew anyone at the studio, I already felt like a Part of the community because of the welcoming teachers! Every class I’ve taken leaves me feeling rejuvenated, grounded and centred.

Sarah Michelle

A gorgeous oasis, what a sweet, gentle hideaway from the busyness of everyday life. Selam is a trailblazer in our community, and brings together some of the best teachers in the area. A beautiful variety of classes from relaxing to power flow, with specialties like yoga for kids! The region’s best not-so-secret gem.

Asia Nelson

My boys attended the yoga camp and fell in love. It’s been a week and they are still talking about it. It was a great mix of yoga, adventure, art and mindfulness. Thank you to all the instructors for leaving such a lasting impression.

Stacey Koch

I was apprehensive about my first class but the instructor was phenomenal. The environment was very welcoming. A very uplifting experience. Looking forward to my next class.

Layns Magayns

Amazing studio, knowledgeable staff – great for beginners and experienced alike!

Vanessa Dickson

I recently joined the studio and liked my classes. One day I happened to be the only person having signed up for a morning class and Selam still showed up and conducted the class with the same interest and professionalism solely for my benefit. Thank you

Simona Pruteanu

One of my favourite teachers ever! Selam is knowledgeable, passionate and very present with her students. She creates a deeply calming atmosphere, allowing me to feel completely removed from the outside world. Her love for yoga and teaching and every person that shows up to share time with her is tangible. She sets herself apart in the yoga community in significant ways.

Sarah de Poray

Selam is absolutely amazing and a joy to be around. I’m spending the weekend with her at a yoga retreat and our conversations and yoga time together has been an absolute joy. I will definitely be visiting her studio when I’m in the Kitchener area next.

Nicolle Boodram

Selam speaks From the heart during her classes. A rarer quality than you might think. Her teaching is powerful yet relaxing and transformative. It’s exactly what I need to shift gears and approach the rest of my day in a new light.

Russel Jennison

Selam is a true gem! Her energy immediately warms the room. It is a pleasure to learn and practice along side her!

Cathy Benjamin

Selam’s class is hands down transformative. Her velvety voice encourages you to sink deeper into your soul. The guidance is deliberate and effective, allowing you to feel safe as you explore your own body. I feel completely at peace.

Sarah Kraatz

Lovely place with a talented teacher. Very clean. Great location. Will definitely be back.

Lisa Beckett

This woman, Selam, is an angel , walking among us. She is a teacher, a student of life,and a healer, and if you are lucky enough to be in her presence – you will know the embodiment of kindness.

Peggy McIntosh

Best Yoga teacher ever! Truly concerned for my well being. Also… stretches me beyond my (limiting) capacity- thank you!

Kim Snider
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