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About Debbie and Subtle Inspired Yoga

Hello and welcome

 

I am the founder of Circle-Life which incorporates Circle-Yoga and specialist coaching for GP Practice Managers.

I trained as a yoga teacher at Whitespace Yoga and Wellbeing Studio, Stoney Stratford which is affiliated with Yoga Alliance Professionals.   I have practiced yoga since my early 20’s, forty plus years in all, and trained in 2017 as I believe that yoga brings so much more to people’s lives than movement. 

I am a life long learner and I continue to deepen my study of yoga constantly.  I have completed 57 hours of training with Subtle® Yoga teacher Kristine Weber and I now include Subtle® Yoga practices within each of my classes. Subtle® Yoga is very accessible so is ideal for beginners or for people who have practiced and want something slower, mindful and with breath work. 

This slower type of yoga can help with nervous system resilience because it enables your own intrinsic healing to take place.  It activates the parasympathetic nervous system which opens up the 'tend & befriend' behaviours.  It improves physiological balance.  The slow mindful practice builds interoception, so you become more aware of how your body feels, where your emotions lie, your places of comfort and discomfort.  This then leads to feelings of peace, connectivity and unity. 

This practice of yoga is not simply about stretch and workout but feelings of being nurtured, self-regulated and peaceful.  It is not acrobatic yoga but enables people to train their nervous system and slow down.  Slow, mindful yoga can be part of the equation to address the chronic diseases or long term conditions naturally.

I am also very aware of osteopenia and osteoporosis, so there is an emphasis on safe spinal work, I recognise that many people are developing osteoporosis and the classes are aimed to support this.  I have osteoporosis and I use the gentle practices to enable my bones to remain as strong as possible. 

 

I aim to bring yoga to a wide range of people; people who would not normally have thought they could participate; people with Long Term Conditions including asthma and diabetes.  Gentle Yoga enables the body to experience a wide range of functional movement, strengthening and stretching the body for its day to day activities. 
 

I am also passionate about cycling and I hold specialist workshops for cyclists, especially women cyclists.  I have been trained by British Cycling and the ‘Breeze’ project to encourage women to cycle and I regularly run rides in and around South Bedfordshire. Do contact me direct if you wish to learn more about this.
 

Circle-Life provides dedicated coaching for GP Practice Managers and their staff. I worked in the NHS for 30+ years, initially as a manager in the local Health Authority and then the Primary Care Trust.  I then became a PM and worked locally for 12 years in GP practices.  I am well placed to support Practice Managers and their staff.  My area of focus is through yoga techniques and NLP to help employees manage the day to day stress of life in the NHS.
 

If you were to ask me what my main theme is in life now that I am retired and I have moved to being self-employed as a yoga teacher, it would be fun.  Fun runs throughout me now, fun with my children and grandchildren, fun with the people I meet in my classes, fun with my fellow yoga teachers, fun riding my bike.