I first began to practice yoga around 2003/4 and I faced many physical & mental challenges. I believed yoga was not for me as I was not very flexible and yes, I actually believed that yoga was only for the bendy AND I felt I was way too impatient with the whole idea of just sitting there & breathing. Surely you have keep moving? Stillness? Really???
But I was so drawn to the whole practice. I would be uplifted, relaxed yet energised & I always felt sooo good after I had moved & opened my body, breathed & released tension. I kept returning, again & again.
Way back in my early days, it did feel far more of a physical practice to where I am now & how I teach now. Many of us begin our yoga practice this way, just with the body, & if it remains just a purely physical practice for you then that is absolutely fine (many people who attend my classes relate to yoga for its physical benefits only) but... maybe you've felt a shift, a change within you...that can happen during shavasana, meditation or as you connect to your breath & you feel alive, so connected & happy, like you've arrived "home".
This is where I am today.
Over the years, my flexibility and strength has improved but more importantly is my approach to life & and sense of wellbeing (emotional & mental). Yoga has offered me a far richer sense of happiness.
Over the years I’ve become a “forever student” of yoga and I continue to learn and it is now a huge part of my life. I have undetaken Advanced Yoga Psychology with the on-line USA course 300 hr Yoga Psyche Soul which delves deeper into the emotional & mental health benefits of Yoga.
I am extremely proud to have gained certification with Chopra as a Primordial Sound Meditation Teacher. For more details about meditation & specifically 1.2.1 sessions with me, please have a look at my meditation page.
Continuing on from this I studied with a truly wise Meditation Master, Dev Om, who I hope to continue to learn from. I was utterly drawn to his kind character, values and authenticity & feel proud to have gained my Meditation Teacher Certification with him which covers many meditation methods & styles.
Since I began teaching, I have worked with a wide variety of wonderful people... From clients who need tailored programs to help with osteoarthritis, to Football Clubs (Burton Albion & Derby County) , Foston Women’s Prison, and very gentle sessions where the focus has been on breathing, relaxation & meditation to more dynamic & energising sessions.
I love being able to teach and share yoga to such a diverse range of people who have various needs and often ailments. It can bring so much relief, from pain and stress.
The years of experience has taught me that there is no “perfect pose” ... we adapt yoga to suit the person. and we NEVER compare ourselves.
In addition to Adult Yoga, I work as a Baby Yoga Teacher Trainer for Touch Learn International Ltd. TouchLearn is an amazing training provider for healthcare professionals & practitioners working within the community. Aside from Baby Yoga, it delivers Baby Massage courses, Baby Signing , Massage for Babies with Special Needs & many more.
It has been an absolute pleasure to train many wonderful people over the years in a positive learning environment from a company with such strong ethics.
I would like to offer my thanks and gratitude to my amazing teachers for their continuing kindness & knowledge Deanna Foster & Deep Kumar.
"Deborah is a beautiful yoga teacher who will take you through a journey to your inner bliss. Her calm and compassionate voice can guide you through even the most difficult asana with ease and send you into a space of divine bliss. Her knowledge of how to align the body will give you so much healing and help you to become stronger and more flexible. Her passion for yoga is unparalleled and her classes are my favourite to attend." - Deanna Foster
"Deborah has everything within her to guide her students towards the wisdom of body with peace of mind through the gratitude of heart, into the depth of their being. Blessings..." Deep Kumar