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Debbie Joy

Your Tutor

The philosophy and practice of yoga and massage have had a profoundly positive impact on my life.  I have been working as a massage therapist and yoga teacher for over 17 years and feel that it is time to share the knowledge I have gained so that this valuable work can go out wider into the world through the hands of my students.  


I see the need for healing that many people carry with them day after day that diminishes their quality of life to a significant extent.  We live in a destructive stressed out world and a beautiful way we can effect positive change is by offering massage -  a calming, healing, life enhancing experience that helps people to live their lives to their best potential.

 For me, working as a therapist and teacher is a spiritual practice and a meditation.  Metta is the ancient Indian term for compassion.  Offering a massage is putting the intention of compassion into direct action.  It is a profound way in which to live your life and a privilege I wish to share with you.

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I have studied bodywork and healing in India, Thailand and London and have always loved these learning opportunities, so I aim to create a truly positive experience for my students.

My qualifications that are most relevant to teaching are Ayurvedic Yoga Massage, Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology, Thai Yoga Massage, Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training, Heart of Yoga at Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, Indian Head Masasge and Reiki. 

I also have a BA Hons Degree in Chinese Studies and an MA in Art and Design. 


 I learnt Ayurvedic Yoga Massage in India with my teacher Urja (Anita Rawandale) an Ayurvedic Medicine Doctor.  I completed the diploma with her and then returned to India for a further two consecutive years as an assistant on her courses.  I feel fortunate to have had this opportunity to learn in depth, and to spend time in Goa enjoying the beautiful beaches and a relaxed experience of Indian culture.

My teacher studied with Kusum Modak, the creator of Ayurvedic Yoga Massage in Pune, India.  Kusum Modak studied yoga with BKS Iyengar for 20 years and learnt therapeutic massage through an apprenticeship with an experienced Ayurvedic massage therapist.

She incorporated elements of her yoga practice into therapeutic massages to create Ayurvedic Yoga Massage and worked tirelessly to offer treatments and training. 

She became know to disciples of Osho, an Indian guru who had a large Western following, which meant that her practice and teaching touched the lives of people from all around the world until she retired in old age. 

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I would like to express my gratitude to this lineage of Urja and Kusum for the gifts that they have shared with me, and which I can now share with you.

Debbie x

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