Cathy is a mother of two young girls and a student in Psychology. She worked in marketing and communications for about 15 years in NZ, Japan, Switzerland and France before opening Pause Yoga in Days Bay in 2014. She describes herself as a fidgety and slightly hyperactive individual with a huge appetite for life and adventure. Trail-running was her hobby for about 10 years until in 2009, she had to have surgery on her back to fix several prolapsed discs. She started yoga in 2004 and trained to become a yoga teacher in 2012. There are two main areas of focus in her teaching: these are anatomy and mindfulness. She is currently training with Tiffany Cruikshank from yoga medicine and is also studying at Victoria University to complete a degree in Psychology. Her teaching style is athletic, therapeutic, secular and modern.
"I don't define myself as a spiritual person, I don't connect to any kind of religion and I don't "om" either. What I'm interested in when I teach yoga is to be as inclusive as possible - whatever is your background - and give you 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 and will also encourage you to try different things. 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. I am planning of becoming a clinical psychologist in the future."
I am relatively new to yoga having developed a regular practice from early 2015.
I found yoga not long after giving birth to my last child and found it was the best thing I could have ever done.
I consider myself a bit of a yoga underdog, I do not feel I am a "traditional" nor a "typical" yogi.
I wanted to teach yoga and share the amazing benefits with others. Having historically suffered from bouts of depression and at times anxiety, I attribute my regular practice of yoga to my new found energy, clarity and calm.
My desire is that through yoga others may have the opportunity to heal physically, mentally and spiritually, so they can simply feel better within themselves.
If you attend one of my classes there will be some mindful meditation, some breath to movement, moving with ease. I am all about moving organically within my own practice and want to encourage others to do the same, whatever feels good for you and your body without getting to hung up on what a particular pose is supposed to look like.
My classes are usually not always but often topped off with some totally untraditional yoga music because that's how I roll.
I am so super blessed to be part of the A Team at Pause.
Maybe I'll see you on the mat.
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
Emily teaches a 45mn Hatha class on Tuesdays at 6:15am. Here is her bio:
"I feel so lucky to be on the Pause yoga team and teaching in possibly the most beautiful studio in the world!
As a typical A-Type personality, I first came to yoga to help counteract the physical and mental affects of my tendency to try and do a thousand things at once!
While living in London and doing the typical Kiwi OE, I found an incredible yoga studio and really ramped up my practice. The more regularly I practiced, the more obvious the profound impact yoga was having on my mind and body became. I’d caught the yoga bug! So I somewhat impulsively booked a 200hr yoga teacher training in beautiful Bali with Zuna Yoga … with no idea where it would take me …
Fast forward a year and I’m back in Wellington (best city in the world!) and splitting my work week between corporate law and sharing my love of yoga with the incredible Wellington Yoga community.
In my spare time I’m still trying to do a thousand things at once: completing a Holistic Health Coaching qualification; attending as many yoga workshops and trainings as I can afford; voraciously studying the fields of meditation, mindfulness and psychology; and plotting a full time move into the holistic health, yoga and wellness space.
I’m passionate about sharing yoga, meditation and mindfulness techniques to help people to find more ease in their bodies and minds and to promote true wellness.
My classes are focused around breath-lead mindful movement and safe alignment and incorporate mindfulness, meditation and pranayama (breathing) practices.
I look forward to seeing you on the mat!
I feel very blessed to be joining the teaching whānau at Pause. I have been practicing Ashtanga yoga for 14 years and have a devotional love for the practice. This love for yoga has unfolded a teaching path and in 2016 I traveled to India to study yoga therapy and in in 2017 I completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training. My aspiration is to safely share the practice of Ashtanga yoga. In my teaching I am committed to working with students of all abilities to deepen their own sense of wellbeing, relaxation and unity through an enhanced understanding of how to move the body. I live on a small hua parakore (Māori organic) farm in Kaitoke, Upper Hutt and grow lots of kai for whānau and friends. Living on a piece of land is an amazing blessing both full of abundance and hard work. In 2016 I opened the Yogahā studio at the farm where I also teach Ashtanga yoga to the community.
The regular Ashtanga class I teach at Pause follows the half Ashtanga primary series. Ashtanga yoga follows a set sequence of asana as taught by Shri. K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India. The primary series is also known as yoga chikitsa meaning 'yoga therapy' and it is in this series where the body's energy pathways are opened and energy flows through the body removing toxins and relaxing the nervous system. In Ashtanga yoga movement is synchronised with ujjayi breathing and the application of bandha's or energy locks which in turn creates an internal heat in the body that assist with cleansing. Ashtanga yoga is a beautiful practice for the cultivation of your own self practice - where you ultimately become your own teacher.