My first ever retreat was in Scottish Cairngorms and was triggered by my desire to offer a safe space for people to relax, reconnect and take time for themselves. It quickly grew into a collection made up of retreats and other events, each one catered to a different personality, need or interest.
Debbie attended this first retreat and loved it so much she booked the next one. Knowing how much Debbie loves cooking and having tried some of her delights, one day I have asked if she would like to run a wee retreat with me. Before she could say 'no', or even think about, we already had a schedule and the booking system ready.
From that point onward we have been together through some epic adventures.
We love it and wouldn't change it for anything else!
I am a yoga teacher and have studied with many super hero yoga and meditation teachers. But the best lessons I have learned were on my own wee mat. I am a professional traveler, veggie and animal avenger and thus strongly campaign for cruelty free products and food. I am an Open Water Diver, aerial hoop enthusiast and NAAS recognised leader taking people onto exciting mountaineering adventures.
Students often say that my appetite for yoga and movement is infectious. I strongly believe in finding ease in the movement, feeling free from judgment and assumption how the pose should look like, understanding how our body works and utilising this knowledge to apply yoga as medicine.
One of my biggest passions is exploring and learning from other cultures. If I am not teaching at our wee studio in Broughty Ferry, I am probably traveling or nerding about anatomy (or both!). I love being surrounded by nature either up in the mountains, under water, surfing or just simply walking across Asian rice fields. It's hard to count all the retreats that I've attended over the last 11 years, I have had some amazing experiences and each of my yoga adventures holds a special place in my heart. I have been to some very remote parts of Asia, America or Europe, even taught at the Elephant Nature Park with those amazing beings munching on their food around us. Retreats can't be compared to a holiday and thus I have decided to share with you this amazingly rejuvenating experience.
What inspires me? The nature! Just look around...it's pretty awesome.
Another one of her passions is cooking and she is well known among family, friends and work colleagues for her home baking...her brownies are to die for! Today she follows a healthy diet and is passionate about cooking delicious healthy and nutritious food from scratch, although she does confess to being a bit of a coffee addict so she can often be seen in coffee shops around the Ferry! She also enjoys travelling, exploring and going on walks with her husband.
In her previous life, Debbie used to be an Area Officer Tayside for the children’s health charity Action for Sick Children Scotland. No she is a fully qualified Kids Yoga teacher. She has a great deal of experience in child development, health and wellbeing. She is also very experienced in working with children with a wide range of additional support needs. Debbie enjoys learning and enhancing her skills and has completed numerous training courses including Development Attachment & Resilience, Child & Adolescent Mental Health and in 2014 gained a Counselling qualification from Abertay University.
Debbie’s personal yoga journey began in 2015 when she was recovering from injuries and she has been addicted to yoga ever since, stating that she can’t remember feeling fitter, healthier and more energised at any stage in her life than she does now! Debbie very quickly saw the benefits yoga and exercise gave her both mentally and physically. As well as attending several yoga and fitness classes each week Debbie also practices yoga at home daily and when weather permits loves to take her yoga mat on to her patio with wonderful views over the Angus countryside and down to the sea.