"Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self" The Bhagavad Gita" r
I am Catriona, a teacher of Hatha and Pregnancy Yoga, and a mother of four. I have been practicing Yoga for the best part of 20 years now, and teach Yoga from my beautiful private Garden Studio in Strawberry Hill.
Why Yoga? Over the years, I have had many different motivations for practicing Yoga. In my years working in Financial Services I found it helped on a physical level, relieving the aches and pains of sitting in front of a computer all day. During my pregnancies I discovered the deep relaxation and restorative benefits of Yoga. Post pregnancy, it was about gently bringing strength back to my body, and giving myself permission to rest. There was also the fun and camaraderie of Mum & Baby Yoga.
However, it was in dealing with the shock of my daughter’s bone cancer diagnosis (she was just 7), and the subsequent gruelling surgeries, that some of the most profound benefits of my sustained yoga practice became apparent, helping me to manage my health, mental and emotional state and be strong for my daughter through the hard times.
Having experienced the boundless benefits of Yoga on body and mind through different stages of my life, when my daughter’s continued medical requirements meant that I could not return to my job in the City, I felt that this was my opportunity to share the gift of Yoga with others. I completed a 6 month BWY Foundation Course in February 2016. I then completed the Level 3 Certificate in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for Complementary Therapies (ITEC, QCF) at St Mary's University, Twickenham, before starting my Yoga Alliance Professionals 245 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training qualification with Louise Cashin (Yoga-Yoga) in Twickenham, which I completed in December 2017. The following year, in January 2019 I went on to complete a Pregnancy & Postnatal Teacher Training with Yoga Mama in Putney.
I am privileged to be able to share the wonderful calming, healing and strengthening benefits of Yoga with my students. I have a strong belief that Yoga can profoundly benefit everyone, whatever their physical condition, in many different ways. It is important that students know that Yoga is inclusive and feel welcome in a class which means teaching with love, patience and kindness.