“In the stream of fashionable westernised yoga styles of our time (some labelled by the names of their teachers, others are clearly hybrids such as yogalates or fitness yoga) Debbie has the courage and dedication to hold on to authenticity emphasizing the holistic nature of yoga in which physical practise is only a part. She deserves considerable respect for that. Debbie is a creative and resourceful teacher and a true master of simplicity. A typical class starts with pranayama followed by sun salutations with gradually increasing speed from which she branches out slightly modified postures to hold longer than usual. We notice how hard it is to focus, balance and keep the body in place without wobbling during those extended minutes. However, this is when the mind is being cleared and muscles and internal organs are being purified. She truly shows us that a little goes a long way. In the second part of the class a range of more challenging postures are performed including deep stretching, twists and inversions before arriving at the final relaxation.
Debbie can read human body. She is able to tailor the practice to the needs of students skilfully. She can sense, influence and guide energy flow in the room. Even if the room is overcrowded Debbie can find a way to conduct an enjoyable practice.
Debbie’s classes are often enriched with chanting, sounds of bells or/and bowls to deepen yoga experience. She has a good voice. Her choice of music is always appropriate, soothing, calming and relaxing. She plays it at the right volume which is pleasant to the ear, never too loud. Going to a Debbie-class at the and of the day is the best way to offload stress, tension and frustration life throws at you. It is a perfect way to recharge your batteries, restore your body. You would leave the room feeling light, calm and happy. A good night’s sleep is guaranteed.”
“I just wanted to thank you for Wednesday's fantastic class. It had been more than a year since I'd done any yoga and I found your style both easy to follow and enjoyable. Will definitely be coming back for more!”
Clare April '14
“Thank you Debbie for your inspired teachings. Enjoy sharing your skill and knowledge at the forthcoming retreat.”
“What can I say? It's just great. Fun, relaxing and demanding all in one go. Debbie allows the course to flow and is happy to suggest adjustments if something is a little tricky. I always come out feeling on such a high, both in body and mind. Come and join us!
Milly, Dec 13
“Nieves and Debbie, thanks again for your lush classes during lockdown on Zoom. As appreciation of your yoga teaching I have sent you a gift and really appreciate your influence on my health and wellbeing Thank you.”
Coral December 2019
“Love Debbie's classes. Always changing up and a great energy, it is unrushed and in a 90 minute class you feel like you get the works. Plenty of laughs. Even if she does make me do more sun salutations than I'd like, it's kind of a running joke that my favourite pose is lying down asana. I have been going to the Tuesday class for about four years. That's got to mean something, right? Also, I am definitely stronger and more bendy now. And a tiny bit calmer.”
“Debbie is an absolutely amazing individual with a compassionate and welcoming energy that makes you feel comfortable and appreciated. I recommend Omkari Yoga to anyone who is interested in developing their yoga practice and optimizing their health. You're in good hands!”
“I use yoga to manage chronic pain, and will try to get to as many classes of Debbie's I can in the week. Her classes are consistently helpful, challenging and relaxing on every level and her music is diverse and a pleasure to listen too, her chants close each lesson beautifully too. In fact if one could get Debbie's class on prescription, the NHS would save a packet on meds not used. I would encourage any one to try one of theses classes. Thanks every time Debbie .”
Tiane January 18
"Beautiful yoga, nourishes mind and body. I’ve been attending classes with Debbie for years and can highly recommend, even online. Never been to a better class anywhere, ever! Wonderful blend of breath work and exercise that results in amazing flow and sense of well-being. Makes my day." Sophie 2019
“Love classes with Debbie. She has a gentle nature in her teaching. Debbie always enriches the class with sunshine even on a dull day. She ends the class with some lovely restorative relaxation and a beautiful OM prayer chant.”
“Amazing. Changed the way I view Yoga and made a massive difference to my health. Debbie is naturally tuned to other people and I fully recommend her classes.”
“I now look forward to Mondays! I feel like a different person when I leave, ready to take on the week. I've suffered with lower back pain and scoliosis for years and I now feel transformed. Debbie brings amazing energy and spirituality. Thanks Debbie!”
Gemma November '16
“Debbie is possibly the most authentic yoga teacher in Bristol who beautifully combines yogic philosophy, breathing, asanas, human anatomy, sense of humor with a hint of an angelic singing and always delivers an amazing class or a workshop.The workshop Slow fire release was very well prepared, beautifully combining elements relating to fire energy: asanas yin style and candles.Initial introductions brought everyone together and created great atmosphere. Then Debbie explained the subject to us and guided us throughout the workshop.I felt, my body felt relaxed with this invigorating feeling coming from within, very subtle and alive Try Debbie's yoga and Love it “
“Debbie, I just wanted to say how wonderful I felt in my body and heart after your class last night, thank you and I will try to be there as much as I can.”
Sandra Jan '14
“I now regularly go to Debbie's class in Easton on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 - 8pm. Debbie is the best yoga teacher I have ever come across.
She has a vast knowledge of the practice of hatha yoga and how bodies work. It is the best combination. Debbie is so in tune with how our bodies work that she is able to keep you safe and teach you to stretch yourself. I also love the spiritual element that Debbie brings. I feel completely different after the class. Debbie allows me to escape from my fast and sometimes stressful life. She understands how important it is to be present and grounded and her yoga classes are one of the best resources I have found for a happier, healthier mind body and soul.”
Rowan June '16
“Yoga with Debbie is like a captivating story that's different every time but which always leads towards the same fulfilling ending. It’s like a drug with no side effects. It’s energising, expansive and deeply relaxing for mind and muscle alike.You get inner calm and physically stronger. You learn about your body in a way that lets you take control of it. You discover parts of it that you didn’t know existed. Debbie is extremely knowledgeable and has huge depth of experience. Attentive and engaging, she guides you through gentle but challenging postures, never one practice the same, but always including some to get the heart rate going before you melt into the floor at the end.There are spiritual insights and chants when appropriate, humour and laughter, nuggets of yogic teaching and the offer of retreats and workshops to deepen the experience.Debbie has all the tools of the trade and more, and her 90 minute sessions are perfect for enhancing your state of mind and making a real change to your body and mind.”
“I learnt loads & really enjoyed it. The preparation poses were really good & I understand the principles better which has given me more confidence. Let me know if you run any other workshops.”
Cheri, Headstand workshop Bristol May 14
“I’ve tried doing yoga a number of times over my life with many teachers and styles and enjoyed it but never really got hooked. I've been going to Debbie's class for about a year now, if I can't make it I really miss it. Debbie makes the session fun, very friendly and easy to understand, she's great at ensuring that participants of all levels of experience are included and know exactly what they are supposed to be doing. I always feel totally refreshed and relaxed, there's a great balance of comfort and challenge, physical and spiritual. I'm hooked! Thanks Debbie.”
Loz, Dec 13