Debbie is passionate about health & wellbeing, having worked as a fitness instructor in her teens & more recently as a counsellor, CBT & holistic therapist in addiction & mental health services. Debbie currently works within health & social care.
Debbie became aware of the powerful transformative & healing effects of yoga on physical, psychological & emotional well-being in 1999 when she began a regular practice. She was inspired to train as a teacher so she could share her love of yoga.
She began training with Debbie Farrar in 2008, and completed her BWY diploma in hatha yoga in 2012 with Liz Parker & Sue Hayles. Debbie achieved a PG Cert in dance & somatic wellbeing at Uclan in 2015 & has just finished a further Sensible Yoga Teacher Training with Debbie Farrar of Feel Now Yoga.
Debbie’s recent training in “sensible yoga” has deepened her personal inquiry & practice, she has learned to welcome & embrace what she is experiencing in the present, connect with her inherent body wisdom & move in a way that honours her sensitivity. This invites a more personal, playful, expressive & creative process rather than making pre-determined shapes.
Debbie's classes include: tuning in to become more present, grounded & embodied; primal, functional movements & asana for enhanced strength, mobility & well-being; breathing & relaxation practices to calm & soothe the nervous system & meditation to promote peace & harmony.
Debbie has taught within mental health, addiction, disability & older persons services, martial arts, gym & leisure centres & one to one in the community. She is particularly interested in the healing effect yoga has on the body-mind & helping us deal with stress & trauma.
Debbie is inspired by Godfrey Devereux’s deeply somatic dynamic yoga; Pete Blackabys integrated and scientific theories of human movement & Molly Jaegar, her Feldenkrais teacher who shares the method of mind & body integration through movement. To find out more about Debbie's classes in Southport email: email@example.com.
Hi, my name is Kay Birkett and I am an independent yoga teacher in Atherton, Manchester teaching under the name, Breathing Buddhies. I've had a long interest in yoga & meditation after being first introduced to it, as a child, by my Mum over 30 years ago. Using the tools of yoga has helped me navigate through life. Yoga has helped me to cope with the small stuff, such as a visit to the dentist, and the big stuff, enabling healing physically & emotionally, after life changing episodes in my life.
My philosophy is to bring movement, breathing exercises & meditation into daily lives to help reduce stress and bring peace to the mind & body. My yoga classes are based on traditional Hatha yoga principles focusing on functional movement. Re-introducing the body to everyday functional movements, that helps with everyday tasks such as bending, squatting, kneeling, reaching etc. We also use breathing exercises, meditation and relaxation to help reset the mind and body to allow space in the body to rest & digest. Yoga is for EVERY body regardless of size, shape, flexibility or fitness.
I am a member of the Independent Yoga Network (IYN) which is a network of independent Yoga teachers and Teacher Training Schools dedicated to the preservation of the spirit and practice of Yoga as a deep and genuine inner enquiry with many formal possibilities.
I was first introduced to yoga nearly 19 years ago and was always amazed at how the most relaxed I felt all week was when I was lying on the floor in savasana in a room full of strangers! I attended classes on and off for years as I moved around various parts of the country and tried a few different 'styles'. After going on a retreat in South Wales 4 years ago and rekindling my love for yoga nidra as well as being introduced to bhakti yoga, I decided I needed to learn more about the 'off the mat' side of the practice and signed up for a BWY foundation course, starting to learn about anatomy, yoga philosophy, pranayama and meditation, and to develop my own practice. During this year long course, it felt like the right thing to do to go onto a teacher training course so I could continue to learn, and to be able to share the peace that I find within yoga practice with others. I'd been to some of Debbie's workshops and classes and was really happy to be accepted onto her teacher training course!
My classes tend to be quite gentle and reflect my interest in safe and functional movement, as well as the influences of my teachers Debbie Farrar, Pete Blackaby and Godfrey Devereux. I like to leave space for people to explore what their body can do without pushing, and have time to feel into a movement and how it affects their body and mind - moving meditation. I think it's really important to have time to rest, so I do love teaching the relaxation part at the end and will always make time for this in classes.
Information about my classes and contact details can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/SimpleYogaBillinge/
Yoga has always been in my life in one way or another, my mum did yoga for years and I dipped my toe in and out of it from my teens right up until my late twenties. It was only in my early thirties I started a regular practice and with this began to feel a sense of confidence, calm and freedom I had never felt before.
After 2 years of trying out various types of yoga, I felt that there was more to learn about this magical practice, so I applied for the BWY foundation course with Debbie. During this time there was a huge shift in my thinking and I slowly started to peel back the layers of what yoga was all about. After completing this, I decided to continue studying and embarked on the Feel Now Yoga Teaching Diploma with Debbie. This experience allowed me to appreciate the subtleties of the practice, how the philosophy weaves into daily life, the amazing unique anatomy of the body and the peace & tranquility of stillness. All of things I aim to bring to my students in class.
It is an incredible journey which enriches my life in so many ways. It allows me to deal with my own stress and anxiety, my father’s Parkinson’s (which I decided to study as part of my yoga teacher training assignment) and everyday life. I truly believe the health benefits both mentally and physically are endless for everyone regardless of age or abilities.
My teaching is influenced by Godfrey Deveruex, Leslie Kamnioff, Pete Blackaby and Debbie Farrar. My classes start with tuning in and grounding, breath work and move into joint mobility and mindful flowing movements, ending with relaxation. Allowing the unique individual to find freedom and peace in their body and mind & access a yoga tool box they can bring it into their daily lives.
I teach regular classes in Urmston and also chair yoga for Parkinson’s UK. For more information please see my Facebook & Instagram pages: https://www.facebook.com/findingspaceyoga/ https://www.instagram.com/findingspaceyoga/