I have been practicing yoga for many years, a Starchild Yoga certified teacher and Independent Yoga Network accredited adult yoga Teacher. I am also a qualified dance teacher, with a Degree in Psychology, and a Masters Degree in Psychotherapy. And I have enhanced DBS certification.
I competed and performed professionally in Latin American and Ballroom dancing for several years. This took me across the globe, and I spent two and a half years of teaching and performing with The Fred Astaire Studios in the USA. I first discovered yoga-inspired stretching during training sessions in the USA. When I returned to the UK, I change direction with my dance career and took up Classical Egyptian Dance. Once again, this took me around the world, performing, teaching, and training with some of the top teachers in this style. It was through my training in this dance style that I started practising true yoga, realising that the strength, flexibility, and stillness of mind attained through yoga was a wonderful support to the movements in Belly Dance.
I then took a break from dance for a few years, during which time I gave birth to my beautiful daughter. After recovering from the birth and settling into motherhood, I used yoga to regain strength and flexibility, and also to lose weight!
My daughter started to join in with my yoga practice at home from the age of 2 ½. At that time I was teaching a Music and Movement group to local toddlers, and I decided that yoga would be a wonderful addition to what I was doing with that. As luck would have it, I found the perfect teacher with the perfect teaching program and embarked on my Starchild Yoga teacher training. Since then I have completed my 300hr Independent Yoga Network accredited yoga teacher training for adults, so now the grown-
And so here I am just beginning to fulfil a dream of setting up a wellbeing centre near in Bradfield St George, just outside Bury St Edmunds in rural Suffolk. We’re not there yet, but I do have my own little studio. It is warm and cosy, with a wood burner for those cold days and evenings. On warm summer days and evenings, we take our yoga out into the meadow or the lawn and the beauty of rural Suffolk. I have mats, blocks, and bolsters, blankets and straps, cushions and zafus! But most importantly, I have experience of life. Understanding that people come to my yoga classes with their own life story, their own ups, and downs, depressions, joys, worries, experiences, just as I have, means I can meet them wherever they are in that moment, with non-judgment, compassion and love.
I am very proud to be combining my teaching skills with my psychological and psychotherapeutic training to offer adults and children of all ages the opportunity to exercise, stretch, relax and, of course, have fun!
There’s nothing airy-fairy…it’s real yoga for real people…
Thank you for reading my story. I very much look forward to meeting you in a class soon.
Om Shanti Namaste
Catherine, Bury St Edmunds
Mrs Z.H., Cockfield near Bury St Edmunds
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