About Omkari Yoga
Debbie Thomas RYT 500 IYN
Practising yoga in various traditions for over 20 years, Debbie qualified as a yoga teacher at the International Sivananda Vedanta Yoga Centre in Himalaya, India in 2009. Debbie has been a lead teacher with Yogaprema, has assisted on their TTC and now aswell as her own classes with Omkari Yoga, she teaches in various gyms and lesiure centres.
Debbie has undertaken further training Studies with Paul Harvey completing the CPD programme 'Adjusting for asana'. In January 2012, Debbie completed the Advanced Teacher Training at the Bahamas Sivananda Ashram ( 500 hr RYT)
Debbie completed Level 1 & 2 ‘Radiant Child’ teacher training and has led yoga workshops in schools.
She has gone on to further study in a full spectrum of Yoga traditions.
200 hr Soma Yoga ( Soma Yoga Medicine School)
25 hr Restorative Yoga
50 hr Yin Yoga, TCM module
Debbie organises unique Yoga holidays and retreats in the UK and the Gambia and Spain. She has taught yoga at various festivals including Wilderness, WOMAD and Green Man.
Her aim is to empower participants, challenging them to extend themselves on all levels, allowing a deeper connection to the transformative power of Yoga through pranayama, asana practice and meditation. Through gentle observation and sensitive facilitation, she encourages the development of a healthier outlook and peace of mind.
Debbie’s previous career as a professional dancer and dance teacher inspired her passion for Yoga from a range of traditions, leading her to develop an interest in the connection between movement, breath and spirituality. Debbie has an innate abilty to read the body and adapt sessions for people of varying abilitles.
She has been leading corporate and 121 private sessions for over 8 years, bringing broad experience and knowledge to any new condition or environment.
Nieves Novella RYT 500
Nieves discovered Yoga in her 20’s, and has been practising ever since. She first trained as a teacher in traditional Hatha Yoga in Australia in the early 1980s, teaching in her local community for a few years.
After a long break from teaching and whilst travelling in Southern India in 2008, Nieves came across an independent teacher who agreed to retrain her as a teacher in the Sivananda tradition, working as his assistant in his daily program of yoga classes for international travellers in Kerala, southern India for two months. The experience was life changing, and it encouraged Nieves to enrol in an Advanced Yoga Teacher Training course at the Sivananda Yoga Vydia Peetham in India the following year, after having met one of its founders in a retreat in the UK. The wonderful guidance of Swami Govindananda Saraswati in the practice of asana, pranayama and meditation, and Swami Tatwarupananda Saraswati’s deep knowledge of the Raja Yoga Sutras and Vedanta philosophy, which he shared with generosity and wonderful storytelling skills, further fed her deep love for the practice, and the realisation of the need to share those gifts, given to her by her teachers, with other people.
Since then, and with further training to work with more specific age groups, like children and teenagers, Nieves has been teaching in the UK and in Spain in a number of settings.
Nieves’ teaching focusses on the use of the breath throughout the practice, fostering mindfulness and focussed self-exploration of body, breath and mind. The slow and mindful way to practice that is encouraged in her classes make them a relaxed and safe experience regardless of the level of ability of each student.