Move and Inspire Me
Unincorporated Charitable Association
The aims of our Charity:
- To provide an excellent standard of exercise, fitness and rehabilitation classes for children and adults in the local community who might not otherwise be able to access facilities nearby.
- To provide high standard, low cost fitness, health and wellbeing education for members in a variety of settings.
- To provide opportunities for spiritual, emotional, physical and mental growth for members.
I am the founder and Chair of the Move and Inspire Me Charitable Association, which began as one simple dance class in 2011 and now has a thriving timetable of 8 busy classes, some with waiting lists due to their popularity. I have been a dancer from being a toddler and I have previously run The Swing Jive Dance Company teaching modern jive and Lindy Hop to couples.
I trained as a Zumba instructor in 2011 and subsequently went on to gain qualifications from the renowned provider, YMCA, in Exercise for Older Active Adults, Group Exercise to Music, Nutrition for Sports, Level 3 Anatomy and Physiology, and a Diploma in Exercise Referral. In 2014 I gained my Diploma in Yoga provided jointly by the YMCA and Yoga Professionals; as well as Level 2 Advanced Practitioner status in Gentle Somatic Yoga in 2017.
I lost my sister at the age of 51 through aortic
Being so involved in her funeral (and doing the Eulogy for her, Dad, Mum and Step Mum) is motivating me to create meaningful ceremonies for those who are unchurched. Religious or not, we still have a need to mark life events with a spiritual element befitting those present at the ceremony.
I have been a “master of ceremonies” in the household growing up as Mum was reliant on me entertaining my younger sisters. This involved making ceremonies for Easter, Halloween and similar events. This usually involved teaching them to dance and put on a show or do something creative, and marking it with a ceremony.
So it’s in my blood to make things special for people.
My spiritual inclinations are based on the work of Eckhart Tolle and a study of all world religions which makes me an ideal Celebrant for your loved one’s funeral or your wedding or naming ceremony if you want someone who can accept and embrace any religious background or none.
I offer FREE meditation classes every now and then. These are based on my passion for Tolle’s work and my desire to spread the message of losing ego identification in favour of being fully present
Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. – Eckhart Tolle
I embrace eccentricity, and love alternative lifestyles. I am very supportive of folk – allowing them to be very self-expressed.
And I believe I can create the ceremony to meet your individual, alternative or eccentric needs while maintaining the appropriate solemnity for the occasion
I draw on my academic skills as a retired Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University in Sheffield when preparing class and I have found that previously being a Senior Nurse at Sheffield Children’s Hospital has also stood me in good stead for understanding the complex medical issues that are presented by many class members as they tackle the ageing process with my expert help. I love to take an exercise or a traditional Hatha Yoga pose and turn it into a Somatic Flow using my training from James Knight, the founder of Gentle Somatic Yoga, and I am aiming to add these Flows to my YouTube Channel over the summer months whilst on sabbatical.
I am passionate about facilitating class members to embrace a successful ageing process and I believe the Somatic approach is most useful for that purpose. I certainly reject any notion that certain conditions, postural tendencies and mindsets are an inevitable part of the ageing process and I work with my clients to resist cultural narratives and social constructs that may hold their progress back by being deeply embedded in limiting ageist discourses.
I would describe myself as “curvy” and so I well understand the issues of traditional Yoga – looking like you have to be bendy and a size 6.
I know how it feels to try poses with a tyre round the middle and am very supportive of all shapes and sizes doing my classes. No judgement. Let’s embrace the curves!
I manage and administer 8 community classes per week in the South Yorkshire area aimed at over 45s. I write a regular blog covering anatomy issues, common illness and disability issues relevant to the over 45s and provide notes and YouTube playlists for my regular Yoga Class Members. I speak to all new members in a FREE one to one 2-hour risk assessment meeting to ensure their involvement in class is tailored to their physical, mental and emotional needs. This includes taking blood pressure and other vital signs and coming up with many solutions to health and well-being problems. I work one to one with folk for whom group work is not suitable.
With my background as a psychologist, I am particularly skilled at supporting those with anxiety issues. I also oversee the Charity’s activities such as fundraising; luncheons; and free educational programmes for local Senior Citizens. The money raised is used to sponsor older adults – those who would not ordinarily be able to access classes because of financial restraints. The aim is to release the burden from the NHS by providing funded spaces and offering educational programmes that help older adults take greater responsibility for their health care needs.
In her (very tiny amount of) time off, she loves to spend time with her three dogs, who you will meet at her daytime Dance Fitness classes. The fur family consists of a 12-year-old obedient black Labrador called Ben; a recently retired Guide Dog, Lora, who is 9 (and the least obedient of them all ha ha ha) and little Maisie who is a 2-year-old mongrel rescued from a Kill Shelter in Cyprus by Mayflower Sanctuary in Bawtry.
Because of my technical abilities (I am a bit of a geek) I am self-taught in being able to make sketches using my iPad and Apple Pencil. Mostly pictures of dogs of course! I enjoy photography, though only using my smartphone camera these days, and am very creative with makeup from time to time, which is a vestige of my time as a consultant Image Analyst.
Deborah has been happily married for 28 years to Neil who is a Principal Consultant at Tata (was British) Steel in Rotherham. He is responsible for Air Pollution control across the world and spends much of his time contributing to the writing of European laws and travelling. You will see him on the dance floor on Thursday and at Yoga on Friday night. He takes Lora to Agility on Tuesday nights. Neil and Deborah founded the Swing Society at Sheffield University and the two taught weekly Swing Jive nights in Sheffield and surrounding areas before retiring to the Tickhill area. You will see the influence of their Lindy Hop days in the playlist.
Deborah founded and administrates 3 local community Facebook forums, providing useful local information to members: Bawtry Community Forum, Blyth Community Forum and Tickhill Canine Lovers Group. The couple currently walks occasionally with the group “Labrador Walks in Yorkshire” when they are not exploring the countryside in their caravan or walking and enjoy spending time visiting and hosting events with Neil’s family.
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This is Deb, she is Deborah’s right hand person and a fantastic demonstrator, she is full of energy and a great member of the team. Since she has previously owned and managed her own studio, the team has been able to tap into a wealth of information that she possesses and she will be managing the summer shows this year.
Charitable Association Committee Members
Currently standing on the committee are:
- Tracey Beveridge (from Monday Yoga) who is our treasurer
- Nicola Atkin (Daytime Tues and Fri Dance Fitness) who is vice chair
- Pat Inglis (Friday Yoga and Tues Evening Dance Fitness) who is secretary
- Carol Barnett (Daytime Tues and Fri Dance Fitness and Friday Yoga)
- Laura Barton (Evening Dance Fitness on Tues & Thurs; Daytime Dance Fitness on Fri and Friday Yoga)
- Maggie Lockhart (Daytime Tue Dance Fitness, Weds Yoga)
All the committee members welcome your input regarding our charity work