It’s taken me a while to write this testimonial for Debbie. I’ve stopped and started a few times. I had looked at a few courses and then went to meet Debbie at her regular class in Reigate. There was traffic I was slightly late, I walked in rushed and flustered to the centre and Debbie said a few words and embraced me. I was hooked!
I didn’t get exactly what I had expected but received everything and more than I needed at this stage in my journey.
If you’re looking for a bog standard YTT 200 this may not be the course for you. If however you are looking for a journey, a journey to unlock parts of yourself, to understand yoga philosophy and what it means to ‘do yoga’ then Debbie will be there to hold space and guide you should you ‘choose’ (hehe)!
This is a life changing course!
I am proud to say I am an ‘Avani Angel’ now.
Truly this course came into my life at the point where I didn’t know where to turn. In retrospect I remember asking for a guru, I felt seriously at a loss after getting back from travelling and I was in desperate need of ‘saving’. It sounds really dramatic but I just had no inclination toward a corporation job despite the need to afford to live. I asked and asked and imagined a man or woman in robes to sweep me away to their ashram or coerce me into a secret self sustaining community somewhere in the sunshine.
Needless to say Reigate’s Yoga Ananda was where I’d find my woman, not in robes but in leggings and a day dress. My kinda girl. 9 months and a weeks retreat later, I’ve been up, I’ve been down and I’ve been so far removed from worldly goings on that now my feet have landed I am renewed, refreshed and it’s like a total rebirth.
I commend the work that Debbie does so much that I will be following her for the rest of her life to pick up all the knowledge she can give. I adore her and she helped me change my life, I know that if you are open minded your experience will change you.
I am unsure how to find the words to describe this journey, but all I truly know is that I emerged from the 9 months as a different person, yet also so familiar at the core of my being that I felt I had finally come home.
I had long had my eye on Debbie’s course, but each year I put an obstacle in the way for myself – too busy, too many responsibilities, not the right time….. I only had to take the plunge and finally talk to Debbie to have all of these worries vanish and know that I was in the right place at the right time. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, but I had imagined to be prepared to study and learn as if back to school. Instead, the doors of possibility and curiosity that opened month after month were like no other learning curve I had encountered. I healed, I came to know myself, I was excited by each discovery and I found my voice and deeper understanding of yoga, gradually and surrounded by love. I felt held by Debbie throughout the course, as if by some magic she feels and knows you, even in a room full of eager people. My social anxiety and fears were never an issue to anyone, no big deal was made, space was given and there was no pressure. It was a totally new experience, which allowed me to comfortably be uncomfortable at times!
I don’t feel I have just trained and studied and taken on information. It’s more like I feel and know Yoga now, on a deeper level than learning Sanskrit names and muscle groups. I will forever dedicate myself to learning more, but I will never forget my very first teacher training with beautiful Debbie, and will sign up to her workshops in a heartbeat to soak up more and more. I can’t recommend the course highly enough, and wish I could do it all over again.
To say that this course is life changing is an understatement, likewise the title of ‘teacher’ does not begin to explain the role Debbie takes as your guide when you embark upon this stage in your journey.
Debbie has crafted a course which takes you through each of the eight limbs of yoga, offers an understanding of each of the major aspects of yogic philosophy and a taster of some of the frameworks to understanding human experience of the world around us. Interwoven through these bones of the course is the energetic process of awakening to your true self, finding your unique voice and becoming comfortable in sharing that. It’s a journey which will challenge your ideas of what yoga is or should be, and indeed who you are and could be.
Debbie is the ever present and secure anchor to this voyage. Knowing when to sit quietly by your side, and how to guide you along the path if you find yourself in a temporary fog. There are many courses and styles of learning but my journey on Debbie’s 200YTT course has been the closest I could get to a traditional student/mentor lineage which maintains the true understanding and respect for the essence of yoga.
Debbie is an inspirational teacher. Her passion for yoga is infectious and allows the student to feel their own way into the subject, exploring what resonates for them in particular.
Prior to this training the thought of teaching terrified me to the point of extreme anxiety however the way Debbie structures the course involved teaching being introduced gradually. Also because she encourages you to find your own authentic voice, this built my confidence. It is impossible for me to deconstruct her magic, but considering where I started the course, I was teaching classes before the end of the training and not feeling anxious at all, truly a miracle in my eyes.
For me the course was life-changing. Thank you Debbie
I had wanted to do my Yoga Teacher Training for many years but something was always holding me back. I researched courses, went to see various teachers and attended workshops, but nothing seemed to ‘fit’. When I spoke to Debbie and then attended one of her classes, I instantly felt a deep sense of destiny, it was as if there was no decision to make – it was meant to be.
The last nine months have helped me to rediscover a part of me that had been buried for a long time. I learnt to trust myself and to embrace the whole experience.
Debbie runs the course with such passion, wisdom and love that you feel totally ‘held’ and safe to grow into the teacher you want to become. Her experiences and stories colour the course and put real juice into the theory and learning – her knowledge is incredible, and still she was always open to any ideas and concepts that the group shared. Life-changing, a true journey of self-discovery and love, the beginning of what I now know really is my destiny – to teach, share and live yoga.
Let’s be authentic. I met debbie 4 years ago at one of her classes. For a year or two I kept going religiously. Regardless of her perfectly designed classes and overt general sexiness, I was board senseless! So I went on in search of something I felt I needed. However I had yet to discover I had everything I needed within myself. Let’s put it down to immaturity.
Life happened, businesses thrived, relationships came and went, until I realised that my yoga had turned into competitive ego heightening body building, but my energetic and spiritual body was finally open to work out and in need of some professional assistance.
So I called Debbie, slightly scared as I had put her on a pedestal, and asked if I could be considered on her 2016 Teacher Training. She said accepted me then and there much to my delight. I covertly took up the role of teacher pet, however Debbie doesn’t do favourites much to my disappointment.
I had researched multiple courses, but was concerned I would be made into a certain type of yoga teacher, but on this course it was made clear from the start, that it was acceptable to be my own teacher and be whoever I wanted to be.
I expected the course to be of quality. But my expectations were also met and acceded. The training was beyond thorough, highly entertaining and enjoyable weekend was looked forward to every month. The work was easy to arrange around my professional work as the course is structured systematically. Debbie was there to guide me through challenging times, support me through hard ones, and celebrated whenever possible. In short she’s highly approachable. Weekends were energetically demanding but this was something I wanted to complement my bland working life. Debbie has a particular gift for holding a room full energy during a heated 18 person debate.
It’s been an incredible invaluable journey together and a chapter I feel humbled to be part of and I look forward to working with Debbie privately and professionally in the future.
Some call her a teacher, some call her the Guru or Goddess. Turns out she’s just human, so I call her a friend. X
I thoroughly recommend TTC with Debbie Avani.
After much research I knew that I couldn’t find a better teacher than Debbie to take me on to the next chapter of my life.
TTC with Debbie is BIG, it’s exciting, it’s emotional, it’s fun, it’s challenging and it’s a lot of hard work. But it is the most amazing experience.
Debbie’s vast knowledge and enthusiasm for all things ‘Yoga’ is contagious, and her teaching style and understanding of people brings out the very best in her students, allowing their own personality and style of teaching to evolve and develop. This was highlighted in our group’s final ‘shares’, where each one was different but all were amazing.
If you want to have the most incredible life-enhancing nine months – at the end of which you are a qualified Yoga teacher- then this is the course for you.
“If you are seeking a truly authentic Yoga course that will transform your life both on and off the mat then know that this course is for you. Debbie is an exceptionally knowledgeable and dedicated teacher and I cannot express how grateful I am to have had the honour of her guidance. My life has changed in ways I could never have anticipated having completed this course, the only downside is that it had to end!”
The last nine months of the TTC have been life changing and life saving!
I joined the TTC to pursue a life long ambition to delve deeper into Yoga, and possibly to teach at some stage. Having reached my fifties and semi retirement, I felt at something of a cross roads in terms of what’s next. Not only in terms of work, but also in terms of where I wanted to direct my energies now that hands on parenting and full time work were no longer making such demands on my time. This course, and above all else, Debbie’s skillful insights and guidance to connect her students to the true gifts of Yoga has been powerful and insight. The course offers an inward journey to connect with one’s inner wisdom. At the same time, Debbie promotes freedom to allow students to explore how they may wish to share the gifts of Yoga both as teachers, and ‘off the mat’ in their lives. The encouragement that Debbie gave me to explore and ‘play’ with finding my own way was inspiring. What I also liked about Debbie and her teaching is that she really knows her ‘stuff’. At the same time, Debbie is completely undogmatic, constantly encouraging exploration and self-discovery. The course also offers a practical and through grounding in all aspects of Yoga and comes with a wealth of well structured and accessible course materials. The work that Debbie puts into this course is truly impressive. Above all else, the journey has been peppered with so much fun, lots of insights and ‘light bulb’ moments and so may insights into the exquisite ease and joy that Yoga can bring to us all.
If you are hesitating as to whether to do this course, just do it. You will not regret it for one moment. Enjoy!
I’d had my eye on a few Yoga TTCs for some time, but having spoken to Debbie and getting a feel for the syllabus, I knew that I had found what I was looking for. At no point did I feel I was being ‘moulded’ into what a Yoga teacher should be, but rather we were given the freedom to find our own way with complete confidence thanks to Debbie’s continued support and inspiration. Our final teaching share was a great platform to demonstrate how far we’d and each and every share was entirely different; this is testament to Debbie’s ability to allow us to find the teacher within.
Not only do I now feel ready to facilitate others on their yoga journey, hopefully with a similar level of compassion that Debbie has demonstrated throughout the course, but I also feel I’ve made a huge leap to becoming a more peaceful, self-aware and grateful person; that it priceless.
Having continued access the vast amount of literature on Debbie’s website means that I am armed with a huge toolkit of knowledge and support ready to start my career as a yoga teacher.
Debbie has an incredible gift, not only for teaching but for intuitively connecting with your true, authentic soul. She gently helps you find your way home to ‘you’. I am eternally grateful for all that you’ve shown me, Debbie. Thank you for opening my eyes and for shining your gorgeous light to help guide me back to my path.
Debbie is a force of nature, and this course was everything I needed to help me start trusting myself and walking the walk in all aspects of my life. If you have got to the point where you are reading this then I recommend that you take the leap of faith and go for it. There are so many yogic practices and philosophies that Debbie shares that have really enhanced my life and also given me the ability to share them myself in an effective way. The gradual build up in teaching practice also gives you the confidence to play with your own teaching “edge” and to progress. There was a real a sense of community on the course which was an eye-opener for some of us and immensley healing for all of us, and continues to support us as we venture out into teaching professionally.
After some time looking at various yoga courses I knew as soon as I met Debbie and attended the Puja I knew this was the path for me. Debbie teaches from her heart and allows you to develop in your own style and gives you the tools to explore all the beautiful elements of yoga. Debbie is inspirational, her knowledge and experience are the real essence of yoga. Throughout out course duration the support from Debbie and the rest of the group was fantastic. The course content and delivery is set out so well with so much thought behind. The website and E books offer a wealth of information and are easily acessable.
This course has been life changing and a learning curve personally and professionally, I know I will use these skills to develop further- you really do learn some tools for life.
Booking on this course is one of the best decisions I have made- and so glad I did!
The last 9 months of Debbie’s TTC have been life-altering. You never feel as if you are being taught, but Debbie shares her vast knowledge and experience openly and generously. Then suddenly, boom! 9 months have gone and you realise how far you have come and how much you have grown. Debbie gives you the space, courage and voice to do this. She embraces the true meaning of yoga and takes it right back to basics. I had no idea I would learn and change so much on this journey, not only in all things yoga, but in all things life. I came looking for something, not knowing what it was. Debbie showed me that I had it within me. She has truly changed my life.
For me this hasn’t been a ‘Training Course’ but a life changing journey of self discovery. Debbies teaching is inspirational and she has shared such a depth of knowledge with us that encouraged us to delve deeper into our books and practice. Debbie allows us our own space to create and mould ourselves into the teachers we are deep inside already. in her eyes we were always teachers. Each month through sharing practice and experiences we, as a group became extremely close.
We refer to ourselves as Goddess Warriors, which is a reflection of the empowerment Debbie has shared.
Learning to become a yoga teacher with Debbie is so much more than completing assignments and learning alignment cues to pass an exam. To me it was a life changing and affirming experience. Debbie is so knowledgeable and inspirational, she allows you so much space to explore your inner guide and enriches your personal practice with a whole host of new techniques that deepen your understanding on so many levels. Our group bonded month on month to the point that we now feel like a yoga family – a tribe.
Anyone lucky enough to learn from Debbie will feel totally blessed by the experience, I know I do.
A really fulfilling and joyful course. Debbie has a fantastic depth of knowledge and talent to communicate it practically and meaningfully. She is the real deal! This has really enhanced my practice and understanding. Fascinating, great to work with such a lovely supportive group too. Excellent structured home practice tools too.
This Teacher training course has deepened all aspects of my Yoga knowledge. The introduction to a yogic way of life supported by following the tenents of the Yamas and Niyamas was inspiring.
The guided homework enabled me to work on sensing and clearing the chosen chakra. The meditations and introduction to mantras gave practical tools to increase sensitivity, concentration and stamina. Personally I’ve loved working with the downloads such as Yoga Nidra, Antar Mouna, Tratak, Prana Vidya and the various chakra meditations. Previously I’d found meditation elusive but this structured introduction really made it achievable and I feel I’ve made progress in this area and feel calmer and clearer as a result. I’ve learned that there are so many aspects to yoga and it is possible to share the basics but also to inform your teaching with your own ideas, energy and creativity. Yoga is a life giving, life enhancing, life deepening practice that feeds the whole life not just the physical body. I feel very grateful to have it in my life.
I was already a yoga teacher but felt I wanted to know more. I wasn’t sure what Debbie’s course would be but when I met her I felt a connection and my instinct was right. What Debbie gave me is beyond anything I could have wished for. I was hoping for a true traditional yoga without the modern commercial twists of following the trend. What I got has been a journey to healing and to the full essence of yoga philosophy, the healing of the body and the mind. The course is perfectly aligned with the season with endless knowledge about Ayurveda, yoga and the many different components (nanda, Krama, etc.) which i personally haven’t seen in other courses. This course offers an inward journey to discover you true self and the true potential of yoga, the real yoga, the one that connect your body to all level. Debbie promote and believe in freedom to express yourself and find your inner teacher, whatever your believes or your style of yoga and I really appreciated that as I came with my own style which constantly evolves. I cannot recommend Debbie enough whether is your first yoga teacher training or you already have done a few, this course touch so many elements that will inspire you. Thanks to her online resources I will be looking to re-visit the course again and again. Debbie is an endless source of information, she teaches from her heart and she give you the key to many other doors to open and explore. I feel very lucky to have found her.
WARNING: This course could seriously change your life!
You could do this course to enjoy busting some new moves in your latest Sweaty Bettys or … you could let it change your life! I am not at all academic and struggle to learn through reading yet Debbie’s teaching has inspired me to study. Homework was a pure pleasure! I have grown in physical and mental strength over the past 9 months for which I will be forever grateful. I go out in to the world a happier person with a better sense of who I am.
I can honestly say that this course changed my life. I feel stronger, calmer, more focused and have found an extraordinary family that made my life a lot richer and significant.
The course was an inward journey with ups and downs along the way supported by Debbie in a warm non judgemental way. Debbie practices what she preaches which makes all the difference; we can feel it is genuine and see how it works if you follow the same path. Nevertheless Debbie leaves a lot of space for creativity and allows each student to bring their own flavour to their teaching which enhances each student’s enthusiasm, self confidence and inspiration. This course has a strong philosophical and meditative component which I feel created a solid foundation for me to continue developing my yoga practice.
I woke up to ‘yoga’ only 18 months ago, being inspired by Debbie’s yoga classes. Joining the teacher training course felt like gravity was drawing me to it, a ‘knowing’ that I needed to learn more from this wonderful teacher and I have not been disappointed. My expectations by the end of this course are open, with no actual plans to teach yoga. I just knew this course was for me, to expand and deepen my knowledge of the yoga philosophy as well as deepen the work on my postures and flows. Also, to get to know myself and my strengths/weaknesses. Now, half way through the course, I understand why I am here. Debbie’s passion in her teaching, the fantastic handouts, her huge sharing and generosity of experience is inspiring. It has felt like another piece of my life’s jigsaw has clicked into place. For me, this course is not just about yoga, it’s about incorporating the philosophy, the practices, and feeling of well-being into my life. I’m loving every minute of it.
Montessori Teacher and author of Menopause Confidential
“Through her patience, faith in, and knowledge of the ancient science of Yoga, Debbie’s Yoga Teacher Training Course has guided me into a journey of both self-discovery and deep awareness of the skills that I need to develop if I am to follow in her footsteps and become a Yoga teacher. Whichever path you are considering, I highly recommend this Yoga Alliance Certifited TTC Course. Debbie’s course is inspirational, demanding, challenging and rewarding.” Usha Phadke. Montessori Teacher and author of Menopause Confidential.
‘I have waited many years to do my yoga teacher training and I am so glad I did because it has meant that I found Debbie. She is a gifted teacher whose passion for all aspects of yoga is infectious. It is obvious that her depth of physical practice and knowledge of yoga comes from many years of disciplined practice and exploration of what it means to her. From this, she is able to help her students on their journey of yoga, helping them find their voice and confidence as yogis. I found Debbie’s approach to be warm, supportive and also challenging in a way that has helped me grow noticeably during the course. I would highly recommend her to other yoga students wanting to take their yoga to the next level.
The teacher course at YogaAnanda has been truly inspirational. In delivering this course Debbie gives her usual blend of passion, wisdom and authenticity, resulting in a mind-blowingly brilliant mix of theory, practice and inner knowing. She leads by example, inspiring us all to bring our very best to the course, yet ensuring that we all work at our own pace and within our own personal framework in a supportive and sharing environment. I would not hesitate to recommend this course to anyone wishing to further their yogic journey, whether or not they intend to teach in the future. Just amazing!
I have absolutely loved this yoga course from start to finish! Debbie is an inspiring teacher who gives herself completely to her work and I learnt from her in so many different ways. The course material is comprehensive and covers so much through the history of yoga, to different energy bodies, to in-depth understanding of the asanas and pranayama practices and a thorough understanding of the eight limbs of yoga. I honestly feel I have all the information I could possibly need (right now!) to grow both personally and professionally in yoga.
Since the beginning of the course when I was understandably feeling uncertain of what to expect and whether I could even be a good enough yoga teacher at all, I now feel I ready to venture out into the competitive world of yoga teaching with no doubt that what I have to offer is worthwhile and special. I feel this huge learning process has been made possible because of the uniqueness of what Debbie offers…this is not a formulaic course learning yoga, it is a journey through the ‘self’ and your own energy body system with a wonderful sense of support along the way. It is a journey that not only teaches yoga (in its entirety) but also how to find your own style of teaching and your own area of expertise.
I honestly cannot recommend this course enough!!!! I have made lifetime friends and have transformed my life and it’s thanks to Debbie and the felt presence of all of the teachers and lineage before her that she brings into the room.
I signed up for the teacher training course at Yoga Ananda after attending classes with two of Debbie’s former TTC students. I was blown away by Cath and Sally’s sessions, which gave me every confidence that this course turns out brilliant teachers. I had only exchanged emails with Debbie before the course and was concerned that I might not be “good enough” or “have enough experience” to do it but she quickly allayed my fears (and has been doing so ever since). Practising with Debbie is complete magic, she creates the most amazing energy and shares her knowledge and passion so generously. I can honestly say that as well as taking my career in a new direction, the course and the practises I have learned have shone new light on every corner of my life. I am so glad to have done it and can’t recommend the course or the teacher highly enough.
When I embarked on the yoga teachers training course I believed it was a means to an end, I would qualify and then simply be able to teach. What I didn’t realise was how much it has impacted my life and changed it… for the better! The depth of knowledge I have acquired around the philosophy of yoga and how it works beyond the mat has changed what I always thought yoga to be. Debbie has structured the course in such a way that it all makes sense and slots into place effortlessly and seamlessly. The course content is overwhelming, but she has compiled it in manageable chunks through the use of manuals which are a brilliant way of recording and structuring the content. The weekends spent at the centre are truly special! Debbie has a fountain of knowledge which she expresses beautifully and lets us, as students, develop our own style and character but with a superbly strong foundation which we will carry with us forever.
The TTC course is masterfully put together with such indepth knowledge and understanding of yoga and related subjects. It is a beautifully lead course filled with wonderful opportunities to learn whilst having fun. Debbie’s encouragement, sensitivity and compassion releases the fear of failure, which allows everyone to grow and express themselves in an authentic way. Everyone on the course is truly amazing and I feel honoured and humbled to have met each and every person. All together an awesome course!!!
About the course- it is a life chancing experience- be prepared. Diving deeper into yoga was for me to open up to life and the course gave me the structure to do so safely. Everything about the course was as I wished for- to deepen the knowledge about yoga, develop and grow in a safe environment, sharing yoga and life in a group of same minded people and last but not least- fun
The amazing thing about Debbie is that she removes all fears that anyone would have of doing this course – she creates such positive vibes about you as a person and as a potential yogi that you can’t help but respond, relax, improve and learn so much more about yoga than you ever thought was possible. This is one of the most life changing things I have ever done and the catalyst to that change has been this course and in particular Debbie Avani!! Can’t recommend it enough!
“I have been taught by a number of yoga teachers over quite a few years, and they have all been lovely. However, the person I have felt the safest with, learnt the most from, felt more nurtured by, who has brought my own practice on by leaps and bounds and given me the confidence, tools and the ‘want’ to teach yoga to others is Debbie Avani. Her commitment too and joy in yoga is a gift to be around.”