Imposter Syndrome

Let’s talk about what it means to be a yoga teacher. I’ve had a realisation recently that I have been feeling like an imposter in the yoga world. Imposter syndrome is an actual thing. Can any other teachers relate?
The yoga community, as amazing as it is, on many levels can sometimes feel too serious and daunting, even for a teacher. Especially here in Ibiza where everyone is a yoga teacher it feels. There appears to be endless images of instagramable poses which can sometimes make you feel insecure because 1) you don’t look like that when you practice yoga. 2) You will never look like that when you practice yoga (which is ok!)
Everyone looks different! And uniquely amazing at yoga in their own way. Sometimes we can get too hung up with how a pose looks rather than tuning into how it feels. Without realising I have been looking at the yoga world through imposter syndrome eyes, unknowingly comparing myself to others, feeling like I don’t fit in and therefore questioning my teaching ability. I am working with an amazing coach @lydiakimmering just now. She been asking me the right questions to really pull apart why I am wasting energy on comparisons instead of having the time to teach and practice more.

Smile

There is a myth that all yoga teachers have their shit together, but that’s what yoga is for. If I don’t practice at sunrise everyday does that mean I am any the less the teacher? If I can’t remember the Sanskrit names for poses does that mean I can’t teach the posture as well? I’ll be honest I struggle to remember my own name most days! And I have been focusing too much energy on worrying about what I don’t know as opposed to practicing what I do know.
So why am I sharing this with you? I am sharing this because this realisation has made me super clear about what kind of teacher I am and how I can help YOU if we practice together…

Lets just DO some yoga together, regardless of your ability or flexibility. I want to help you connect back to your breathe and yourself with a super mindful practice that is slow and considered. I don’t care what the postures look like, I care about how they feel. I want to make you realise yoga can be practised by everyone regardless if you own any crystals or have the perfect pitched Ohm.
Sometimes practicing yoga with me might not look the best to the outside world but for us it will be just perfect. Think of me as a yoga nanny, someone that will introduce you to the practice at a easy slow level whilst you are still new, taking baby steps.
I am going to stop over thinking myself as a teacher and just teach. Stop over thinking your practice too and lets just DO yoga. Let’s roll out the mat and practice. Let’s stop the imposter syndrome feeling. Lets stop reading the enormous amount of quotes about self realisation and spirituality with any great expectations of an outcome on the mat. Let’s just take some time to breathe, smile and connect. It really is that simple.

I have a couple of spots left for one to one clients. If you want to stop over thinking your practice, if you want to stop letting the ego guide your practice and tune into how the yoga feels, if you just want to Do some yoga, then look me up.

email – doyoga@debsobrienyoga.com

Yoga Brunch Pikes Hotel Ibiza

Let’s face it, most of us were glad to see the back of 2019. If you’re anything like me, as New Years Day came into existence you were  already looking forward to forgetting all about it as you started idly planning for your Summer in Ibiza. And if you’re anything like me, there’s one place that pretty much sums up the Island for you- Pikes.

 

So you can imagine who thrilled I am to be joining forces with the incredible Pikes Hotel Ibiza to bring the Do Yoga Brunch to its (and my) spiritual home!  

Quite apart from Pikes providing a truly beautiful location for yoga, Tuesdays see the hotel laying on a delicious brunch in the style for which they’ve become famous. It’s amazing… and I say that from frequent first hand experience.

From Tuesday August 18th you will be able to take a 90 minute yoga practice with me in the Pikes Rockovery Dome before taking your pick from the inimitable Pikes Brunch menu as you enjoy a fresh juice or smoothie in addition to filter coffee.

Places are 40 Euros and strictly limited to 10 people on account of boring old social distancing. As a result, prebooking is essential but I’ve made it easy for you by creating a quick booking platform here. 

Voila! Easy as a downward dog! See up amongst the olive trees.

Take your pick from anything from the menu below PLUS a fresh smoothie or juice AND filter coffee. Food orders will be taken before the yoga starts to avoid any delays after class. Feel free to add any extras to order at your own cost should you fancy a bloody mary or something fizzy to indulge in:

Full menu can be found here:

Yoga Practice with Debs O’Brien

What can you expect from a yoga class with me? I like to think my classes are accessible to everyone, young or old, yoga novice or pro. My focus is always about connecting to the breathe and how you feel in the moment. I like to take things slowly and work through a more mindful practice to allow yourself time to tune into the bodies needs. 60 minutes of movement followed by 30 minutes of stillness as I guide you through a meditation to allow your mind to truly rest and restore. I hope to leave you feeling fully nourished in body and mind, ready for the nourishing brunch feast. 

DO Book Your Place Today

Book your place here today

Yoga and Brunch every Tuesday at Pikes Ibiza Starting AUGUST 18th

Time 9.30am- 11am Yoga, 11.30am-1pm Brunch

Price 40 Euros

Included: 60 minutes yoga practice, 30 minutes mediation, your choice from Pikes Ibiza Brunch menu PLUS 1 fresh juice or smoothie AND filter coffee. Extras can be purchased on top at your individual cost.

Advance bookings essential as places are limited to 10 students because of social distance restrictions.

Any queries please email Debs at doyoga@debsobrienyoga.com

Ibiza Yoga & Nutrition Retreat

Can Verru, Ibiza
27th of April – 2nd of May 2021
Check in: 5pm
Check out: 10am

 

 

Yoga, nutritionist-prepared meals, beautiful surroundings and sunshine (hopefully).
Join us for a self-indulgent break on the stunning White Isle of Ibiza.
Focusing on giving you time to relax, recharge those batteries and reset, this yoga and nutrition retreat is the perfect mini-break for you because you deserve a little TLC.

What better way to do this than in Ibiza with yoga, meditation and healthy eating, not to mention the fresh air, an epic pool and nearby beaches. Tempted? We promise it will be a break not to miss.

Your home for the weekend
Set in an acre of tranquil countryside, close to hiking trails and minutes from iconic beaches, our retreat villa is a total stunner.
The pure white building features luxury furnishings, a pool, private gardens, alfresco dining and plenty of chill-out spots for extra zen.
Not that we like to brag but this dream location is the chosen holiday rental of many famous faces and has even been used to film some episodes of the X-Factor (we won’t be singing, trust us, you won’t want to hear that).

You have the choice of sharing a twin or double room in the main villa, in the onsite Moroccan cottage or opt for single occupancy.
Configurations as follows:

Main Villa
La Torre – Double bed, en-suite. Spectacular views and a large terrace overlooking the sea
Bedroom Bali – Twin bed. Own bathroom with bath and beautiful shower enclosure. Mountain views.
* Room already booked* Ibicencan – Twin bed, unique en-suite bathroom with a bath and a large separate shower enclosure
* Room already booked* Bedroom Zanzibar – Twin bed, en-suite with shower enclosure overlooking the mountains. Small terrace.

Moroccan cottage
Jasmine Room – One double bed in a large room, en-suite with shower
*Room already booked* Marrakech Suite – One extra-large double bed, spacious en-suite with moroccan bath, large terrace, the full top floor of the cottage
*Room already booked* Moroccan Room – Twin Room – Twin bed, own bathroom, orchard views

What’s included

  • 4 nights luxury accommodation

  • Vegetarian breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks deliciously prepared by BANT registered nutritionist Eva Humphries

  • Twice daily yoga classes, encompassing both dynamic and restorative practices, expertly led by Debs O’Brien. The yoga is aimed at beginners and experts alike and looks to introduce you to different styles through the retreat.

  • A complimentary one to one yoga session per person

  • Nutrition & cookery workshops

  • An evening meditation session taking in that famous Ibiza sunset

  • A gong bath

  • Group walks

  • Free time to enjoy the surroundings, pick up a good book or just relax

  • Lots of additional optional extras such as paddleboarding & massage and some epic surprises. It’s going to be a true treat.


The cost

From £775 per person for an uplifting break of yoga, nutrition, healthy food and good vibes.
You can guarantee you place with a £250 non-refundable deposit by clicking on the “count me in” button below.
The remaining funds are then payable via invoice by the 25th of March 2020.
Got a question? Just email eva@wholefoodwarrior.co.uk

Count me in

Please note:
– The final price depends on the room & occupancy selected. These can be viewed by clicking on the “count me in” button.
– Transport such as flights and transfers are not included but we are happy to help if required.
– Some optional extras, such as paddleboarding and massage, are an additional cost.

 

 

Peak District Yoga & Nutrition Retreat

The Cattle Shed, Peak District, Derbyshire
16th-19th of October 2020
Check in: 5pm
Check out: 10am

 

 

Join us for a self-indulgent weekend of yoga and nutrition.

Focusing on giving you time to relax, recharge those batteries and reset after the busy summer months, this yoga and nutrition retreat is the perfect mini-break for you because you deserve a little TLC.

What better way to do this than in the scenic Peak District with yoga, meditation and healthy eating, not to mention the fresh air and open fires. Tempted? We promise it will be a weekend not to miss.

Your home for the weekend

Situated within the rolling hills of the Peak District National Park, The Cattle Shed is a luxurious contemporary converted barn.
It features an open plan lounge with a log burning fireplace to cosy up in the evening and breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside to take in the sunsets.
You will be sleeping in a splendid twin room complete with ensuite bathroom.
All of the rooms are based on two sharing but don’t worry, 90% of people come on retreats on their own. Look at it as an opportunity to meet some like-minded individuals or why not bring along your bestie to share the experience with.

What’s included

3 nights luxury accommodation

Vegetarian breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks deliciously prepared by BANT registered nutritionist Eva Humphries

Twice daily yoga classes, encompassing both dynamic and restorative practices, expertly led by Debs O’Brien. The yoga is aimed at beginners and experts alike and looks to introduce you to different styles through the long weekend.

Nutrition workshops and individual nutrition reviews

A meditation & a self-care workshop

Group walks

Free time to enjoy the surroundings, pick up a good book or just relax


The cost

£495 per person for an uplifting break of yoga, nutrition, healthy food and good vibes.
You can guarantee you place with a £150 non-refundable deposit by clicking on the “count me in” button below.
The remaining funds are then payable via invoice by the 31st of July 2020.
Instalment options are available, just email eva@wholefoodwarrior.co.uk to set this up.

Click here for payment link:

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YOGA BRUNCH - Sunday 24th September @ Scene Studios, 9.30-12.30

 

So excited to announce the next date for my DO Yoga Brunch, Sunday 24th September. The first event was a roaring success and the next one I hope to be even bigger and better! There are only 30 spots available so please book your tickets ASAP.
This time not only will there be two hours of yoga and meditation, followed by an amazing Brunch by the ladies @ Toast Nottingham, but I am collaborating with the lovely Eva AKA The whole Foods Warrior. She will be giving a brief demo on the do’s and don’t of smoothie making, with the opportunity for sampling her expert smoothies too. This event is not to be missed.
Tickets are priced @ £30 and can be purchased by clicking the link below. If you could please email me once money has been transferred I will email you a receipt and more information. Excited to see you on the mat.