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 with 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 - 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 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."