I don't define myself as a very spiritual person and I don't connect to any kind of religion either. You won't get any of that if you attend my classes. I don't "om" either. What I'm interested in when I teach Yoga is to be as inclusive as possible (whichever background you have) and give everyone a good grasp of what I think yoga can contribute to - on a physical and mental level. I am very interested in mindfulness, meditation and awareness and I will also often use breathing exercises (pranayama) during class to increase awareness. Mindfulness and presence are two constant recurrent themes in most of my classes, and often I will start and/or finish class with a meditation. I teach mainly Hatha, Vinyasa Flow and Yin Yoga. Students describe my classes as physically confronting and mentally engaging. I always give options but I will always try to encourage you to try different things or to hold a pose for a few more breaths. Since 2013, I have developed a real interest in how yoga works to enhance the mechanics of the body, especially combining Yoga to an active lifestyle in order to improve either your performance or well-being or both. I am currently working towards completing a degree in Psychology at Victoria University which will take me towards further studies (Masters in Cognitive Behavioural Neuroscience or Mindfulness at either Massey University or Victoria). I am planning of becoming a clinical psychologist at some stage in the future.
I'm passionate about a lot of things. About my family mainly, about life, about people and about making the most of every single day. Practicing Yoga for me is more than just striking a few cool poses in my yoga pants, Yoga is about what I do in my everyday life, how I do it and how I practice trying to be focused on what I do whenever I can remember: whether I'm playing with my children, having a conversation with someone or holding Warrior 3 for 3 more breaths. I can't say I'm very good at this yet and this is probably why I do a lot of Yoga. Yoga also allows me to feel physically strong which is a bonus when you have to carry both your children and the groceries up the 50 stairs all the way to your front door. With Yoga, I can move with a little bit more ease.
I started Yoga 10 years ago with the Bikram style that I enjoyed a lot at the time. Then I moved away from Bikram and started practicing Ashtanga and then Vinyasa Flow in 2010. I was a very keen long distance off-road runner for a decade. After surgery on my back in 2009, I had to give up running and found Yoga and cycling to be the best forms of exercises that allowed me to move with a bit more ease. I did my teacher training in 2013 and built up my teaching experience at various studios around Wellington then opened Pause Yoga in 2014. I'm still learning a lot everyday as a teacher and a student. For someone like me with limitations on my back, the physical practice of Yoga is a win-win. I've started running again a couple of years ago, about a couple of times a week - nothing too strenuous. The mindfulness side of Yoga is also something I'm very grateful for. The practice of mind-training, awareness, mindfulness and eventually meditation are now concepts I'm including to my day to day life. I'm still training regularly about once or twice a year with mainly Tiffany Cruikshank (www.yogamedicine.com).
I'm looking forward to meeting you at the studio or somewhere else xx Cathy
I am passionate about all things yoga; teaching, practicing, hosting and attending yoga retreats.
Things I love; my husband and kids, being with friends, my hometown (just can’t beat Wellington on a sunny day), healthy whole food and all things sweet especially chocolate!
I teach hot power vinyasa flow, restorative yoga and Pilates and am also the owner of Live Well Retreats NZ, facilitating and hosting wellness retreats around NZ.
Trained through Power Living Australia and attained my 200 hours here in NZ. I am now enjoying the fun of jet setting overseas to do my 500 hour training with the amazing Tiffany Cruikshank and Power Living. Forever a student I want to know more and am constantly striving to learn and grow seizing every opportunity to get on as many teacher trainings, workshops and retreats possible!! I love this practice as it never gets old there is always something new to discover every time we step on our mats.
Yoga provides for me a sense of liberation, openness and freedom both from the body and the mind! The exploration of the internal world that yoga offers fascinates me; it is the most amazing journey of self discovery! It is awesome to witnesses students experience this and encourage them to stay connected to both the space in their bodies and their breath.
When I’m not on my mat or prepping my next class or retreat you might catch me enjoying a slice or cake with friends at the local cafe at least until kindy and school pick up time rolls around.
I draw my inspiration for my classes from life, from my kids, friends, and from my teachers. My classes are playful yet deceptively challenging and I enjoy the freedom to be creative both in my sequencing and my philosophy. Through a variety of poses and conscious sequencing my classes will build strength, flexibility and balance. I love to weave storytelling, proper alignment and high vibrant energy to my classes and retreats. My intention in every class is to take my students on a dynamic yogic journey where together we are physically and mentally challenged to our present ability and begin to discover not only deeper layers of the pose but also deeper layers of ourselves.
If you want to know more about Kathleen, check out her facebook page www.facebook.com/YogaRetreats
I am so excited to join the Pause teacher team! My passion for my own practice, and deep belief in the benefits of yoga on body and soul inspires my teaching. I love the beauty and challenge of the physical practice and witness profound change in my life on and off the mat through the mindful practice of svadyaya, or compassionate self-inquiry. I strive to bring these teachings into my classes. I love a good creative flow, arm balances, and bolsters!
I was first exposed to yoga while traveling through India for a year in 1990. When I returned to San Francisco, I pulled weeds in exchange for classes at the Integral Yoga Institute and took a yoga class in college. My practice then rested for years while I raised a family, but I promised to come back. In 2006 I had to take a break from running due to injury, and found my way back to my mat. I thought I was strong, but remember the teacher saying sweetly,"Downward Dog is your resting pose..." while my arms were trembling and thinking "uh-oh..."
I enrolled in a 200 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training at Kaya Yoga, Davis, California in 2011 to "deepen my practice" with no intention to teach. I loved the immersion into anatomy, philosophy, breath work, meditation and by the end of the year found myself irrevocably drawn to teaching. I have also completed a Kids' Yoga Teacher Training and teach Teen and Kids' Yoga from my home studio in Eastbourne (check KulaKidsYoga on Facebook). I enjoy 'geeking out' on Yoga Anatomy lectures just for fun and love to weave Indian mythology into my classes.
I moved to Eastbourne (or...paradise) 9 months ago with my husband and two children from California where I taught yoga in corporate and studio settings, and Kids' Yoga in private schools and after school clubs. I am pretty excited to have found such great teaching, a community and gorgeous studio right here in the bays at Pause Yoga