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 and in 2009, she had surgery on her back to fix several prolapsed discs. She started yoga in 2004 and trained to become a yoga teacher in 2013. There are two main areas of focus in her teaching: these are anatomy and mindfulness. Her teaching style is athletic, therapeutic, secular and modern. Cathy is on her way towards becoming a psychologist, she is currently studying at Victoria University in Wellington and is about to enter her Honours year. She has deep roots in the practice of mindfulness and is acutely aware of the connection between physical health and mental health. She has recently enrolled in a two-year course offered by the University of Berkeley and the Greater Good Science Centre to qualify as a certified mindfulness teacher in 2023, the course is led by Jack Kronfield and Tara Brach with valuable guest speakers such as Jon Kabat-Zinn and Eckart Tolle. Cathy's classes have a focus on pre-emptive mobility therapy and mindfulness. She likes to deliver secular, playful, structured and athletic classes to her students with the aim to 1. get students better educated on their body’s anatomy and range of motion 2. get students to develop more body awareness through mindfulness practices 3. Get students to use strength training and stretching so as to develop more muscle pliability and therefore prevent injuries. Cathy has been training with Tiffany Cruikshank and the Yoga Medicine team since 2013 and has now more than 500 hours of teacher training under her belt.
"I don't define myself as a spiritual person, I don't identify with any kind of religious groups and I don't "om" either. What I'm interested in when I teach yoga is to be as inclusive as possible - whichever background you may have - and to 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 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 an Honours' degree at Victoria University and I am planning of becoming a clinical psychologist in the future."