9th December 2021
Thank you so much for your help over the past few years – I’ve just been measured and have regained 1” in height! I’m so thrilled I had to write and let you know…
As you know, I’d had back problems for a few years, but this escalated in 2018. My GP arranged an X ray and MRI scan, which showed my lumbar spine had some degenerative disc disease, disc protrusion and nerve entrapment. I had always measured 5 feet 5 & a half inches, but had shrunk to 5 feet 4 inches. I had excellent physio help at Oakham Hospital, who emphasised the need for exercise to strengthen the core muscles around the spine, suggesting pilates, yoga and/or being referred to Active Rutland.
I embarked on finding a yoga class, but initially the classes I attended were too advanced for me. Eventually I came to you Deb at Preston in September 2018, moving to the Exton class in March 2019. In January 2019 through Active Rutland I also began active rehab sessions. Last week my height was measured and I was delighted to find I am now 5 feet 5 inches tall, a gain of 1 inch in height! This is entirely down to exercise, mostly yoga with the stretching it involves.
I think my height gain may have occurred a year ago as this is when I first noticed a big difference in my back, being able to do far more physical work than had previously been possible. I’d also like to say that having a lot of family commitments I have only done class sessions, so the improvement has built up slowly over 2 years, which shows the value of keeping at it. Yoga has also helped me to maintain good posture and to improve my balance.
Yoga is fantastic!
Sue, Exton class
I never thought Yoga would have inspired me as it has. I feel better, I smile more, and slowly I feel I am improving. You make instruction so simple to understand and your patience and caring nature on ensuring we are in the best position for the body and for our own bodies is a great help. Have a great summer and see you in September. Helen
10th September 2016
“Attending Deb’s class has given me calmness, a positivity and gentleness which helped me through a very difficult period in my life and that impact is ongoing.” Nicky, Stamford
3rd February 2016
Have missed the classes so much. Always feel rejuvenated and sleep much better. Looking forward to when they restart at Tinwell. See you soon Deb. Sally 😌
Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2015 12:36:55 +0000
Barbara H Yandell
BHY Dyslexia Consultancy Ltd
Date: Tue, 6 Oct 2015 19:52:42 +0000
> Hi Deb
> I’m really enjoying your classes and being able to practice yoga again. You explain everything very well and I’m learning and remembering a lot more than the previous classes that I went to, this in turn helps me to do more practice at home.
> Thanks for this
Subject: Re: Yoga
Date: Sun, 5 Jul 2015 10:30:09 +0000
I’d like to thank you making me feel welcome at your Tuesday evening yoga sessions at Preston. I really appreciate the importance you give to establishing a good working environment, gently insisting on minimum clutter in the workspace, early arrival and suchlike. The calm atmosphere this creates helps me clear my mind and focus on the yoga. At the end of the session, I always feel refreshed and relaxed, despite having worked hard. I invariably sleep well that night.
FEEDBACK FROM STUDENTS – JANUARY 2015
“I especially enjoyed the ‘swaying palm tree’ – I felt it worked my core muscles well. It was a great class, I really enjoyed it and you gave very clear instructions.” Anne, Stamford
“Good pace and mix of breath and asanas – thank you!” Katherine, Stamford
“I felt it was a good balance of exercises and really enjoyed the class.” Val, Ryhall
“Really amazing class again. Amazing how you cater for such a range of abilities all in the one class.” Heidi, Stamford
“Lovely workshop. Good balance of postures, stretch and relaxation.” Cath, Ufford
FEEDBACK FROM STUDENTS AUTUMN 2014
“That’s most relaxed I have ever felt!” Sue, 18.11.14
Hi Deb, really enjoyed yoga this term, did my foot massage this morning while having breaky. Feet on fire, feels fab, Cath, 17.10.14
Hello Deb, Thanks for another half term of excellent classes, I've enjoyed them all. Kathryn,16.10.14
FEEDBACK FROM STUDENTS SUMMER 2014
I wanted to thank you so much for introducing me to the world of yoga, I absolutely love your classes! Rachael, Preston, 8/9/14
You’ve been a star throughout, I just wanna say a big thank you. Paul, Preston, 16/7/14
CLASS EVALUATION SURVEY – SPRING 2014
Thanks very much to all who took part in the Spring Term “Satisfaction Survey”. I was impressed with a 93% overall satisfaction rating!
The poorest section was the HOME PRACTICE with 29% of students admitting to not rolling the mat out in between sessions. Next year I’ll aim to post an ‘Asana of the Week’ on the blog. Why not sign up as a follower of the website and then you will get an email reminder each time I post???
The second poorest score came from feeling an ache or pain following the session… 12% felt this. If this is you – please always listen to your body in class – be fully conscious of what is happening inside. Always work within your comfort zone and back away from anything painful. It would help if you practiced a little in between sessions too(!).
The third poorest result was the environment, where 10% felt the heating was insufficient. I have contacted the halls and asked for additional heating to be supplied. The difficulty is that when we meditate or do breath work the body temperature cools down quite a bit, therefore, if this is you – try bringing along an extra layer of clothing and an extra blanket. It is important to be warm so that the body and mind can truly relax.
QUESTION YES NO
Have you found the anatomy and physiology of yoga postures interesting? 100%
Did you find the asana (posture work) challenging enough? 93% 7%
Did you find the relaxations relaxing? 100%
Do you enjoy the aspects of yoga philosophy? 95% 5%
Can you hear my voice clearly? 97% 3%
Do you feel that you practice safely? 98% 2%
Have you had any serious aches or pains following class? 12% 88%
Was the environment suitable (warmth, heat, lighting)? 90% 10%
Are the handouts useful? 97% 3%
Did you do practice at home in between classes? 71% 29%
FEEDDBACK FROM THE AUTUMN 2013 TERM…
Happy New Year to you too Debs
I so enjoyed your yoga class, I had never done it before and found it very friendly and you are a great teacher. Look forward to seeing you next Tuesday. Best wishes, Yvonne 4/1/14
Just to say how much I enjoyed the fun packed class on Wednesday. Thank you for that and for your work in making the whole term so rewarding.
Have a peaceful Christmas and a happy New Year. Best wishes Jane 19/12/13
Student Survey Dec 2013: How have the yoga classes affected you in your day to day life?
I use the relaxation – particularly in the evening now on a regular basis. Lisa
Improved posture & helps to relax me after a hard day. I love it! Jan
The ability to shut my mind from thinking too much. Marianne
Gives me a chance for some “ME TIME”. Sarah
I feel it has helped me relax at night. Julia
Helped me to relax and sleep better. And improved flexibility. Caroline
My shoulder pain has already lessened after 3 weeks. Jennie
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR FEEDBACK – IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO ME!
I just realised how close we are to Christmas so I thought I would contact you to try and book myself on one of your classes for next term.
I cannot wait to get all booked in for next term as I am really enjoying my weekly yoga with you!
Many thanks Deb, have a good weekend.
I just wanted to say thanks for a lovely class this morning. I loved learning about the hridaya Kash and am now looking forward to the rest of the term even more! Meggie, 6.11.13
I just wanted to thank you for the fabulous introduction to yoga that you have given me. It has really helped my back problem so much that I unroll the mat every morning and do a 20 minute routine to stretch out. Carol, 7.11.13
Thank you for last night, I slept really well for the first time in ages. Life is so stressy at the moment. A 25.9.13
SUMMER TERM 2013
Yoga helped me to be ‘man of the match’!
Hi Deb – just wanted to say that besides helping me be a much calmer person at work (I’m a midwife working nights!), this week I was given ‘man of the match’ after my netball game! First time ever, and I have to put it down to the extra ‘reach’ I’m able to get doing my yoga practice, not to mention the increased energy which gives me more lift in my jumps. Wow – something I really did not expect. Thank you – Cath, Ufford, 17.7.13
‘I really enjoyed the breathing practice this term,’ Karen
‘The flowing vinyasa was particularly enjoyable,’ Ann
‘My balance has really improved – I’m really pleased,’ Kate
Face Lift Yoga Workshop – 20.4.13
“I just love the way you teach yoga!” – Jean
“I found it enjoyable and hope to incorporate it into my daily life.” – Val
“I liked the way the whole body was exercised – not just the face.” – Melanie
“It was very relaxing. The eye exercises were very useful and the facial massage and exercises will be useful adage to a stressful day.” – Nicole
Thanks to everyone – I really enjoyed teaching the workshops and look forward to working on some more ‘themed’ classes.
Feedback from the Spring 2013 term
(Surya Namaskara and the Digestive Sequence)
“The classes release tension in my neck which helps my problem with a trapped nerve.” Elaine
“The thing I liked most about this term was how the postures were developed across the weeks and your explanation of how this effected the digestive system.” Robyn
“My digestive system is working so much better!” Carole
“It’s kept me going!” Karen
“You have been very accommodating with regards to my broken wrist.” Fiona
“I’ve felt the difference in my digestion.” Clare
“The best thing about this term is the brilliant new venue in Manton.” Hilary
Thank you to all for your feedback and encouragement – it means a lot to me.
Deb – I love the class! – Sarah (Stamford), 19/2/13
I can’t tell you how happy I am to have joined your yoga classes. I have thoroughly enjoyed them and look forward to it every week. I am reading books recommended by you and they have really opened my eyes to many things. It has made me look at life differently and encouraged me to seek more knowledge of yoga.
Thank you again, Marianne (Stamford)
Feedback from the Autumn 2012 Term…
“Your yoga sessions have helped me to de-stress with work by using the range of relaxation techniques taught in the ‘Yoga for Stress Management’ classes.” – Jenny
“Yoga has most effected my life this term by helping me with better relaxation and sleep.” – Sarah
“I am now much more supple and can bend more and feel really well.” – Nicki
“The relaxations at the end have been brilliant and really varied – it has helped me destress and put things into perspective.” – Megan
“Really positively feel in tune with my body and more toned – thanks Debs.” – Margaret
Knowing little about yoga, I joined your classes not really knowing what to expect. I was slightly apprehensive because recently I left a very stressful job and had a couple of surgeries, and while recovering I became very unfit. I put down constant aching in my joints and neck to my age and poor health and tried to live with it, ignoring waking up in pain every morning. When in the first class you explained correct posture alignment and simple relaxation exercises, it felt great. At night I usually toss and turn and have trouble finding a comfortable position to sleep in. Lying in savasana and doing breathing relaxation was like a revelation, and when I woke up in the morning I felt refreshed and painless! I do the same every night since, and am quite astonished how the simplest of techniques can have such a fantastic effect on the body. Thank you so much for saving me from neck pain and thank you for running the Introduction to Yoga at the Stamford College.
I enjoyed each class very much and I hope to find a suitable beginners class in my locality to continue.
Keep up the great work!
Jolanta Wilkes, 25.10.12
I meant to say to you that I think that the gradual way that you have built up the classes has been fantastic. Over the years, I’ve done quite a few yoga classes and sometimes they just race ahead too much and you can end up feeling stiff for days. Your tuition has been really clear and precise and that’s so important. You’re doing a great job!
Yours, Margaret Blackburn, 18.10.12
I’m so pleased that after only 2 terms the ground seem to be getting nearer and nearer in the forward folds. (I actually touched it the other day!) Wonderful!
Thanks very much, Janet Heasell, 18,7.12