I am passionate about the remarkable capacity we all possess to heal and evolve. In my work I am guided by the principal that through the practice of embodied presence we can discover greater clarity of mind, deeper purpose in our hearts and awaken our innate impulse to evolve and thrive as our best selves.
I take an interdisciplinary approach to my work, offering a synergy between yoga and contemplative practice, a mindful approach to strength and mobility training, therapeutic bodywork and a deep understanding of the nervous system and trauma informed principals.
My formal training began with a Bachelor degree in Dance, which is where I developed an interest for movement as a healing practice. My very first impressions of yoga where felt as mental clarity and physical calm. I was struck by the introspective nature of the practice and sensed I had found a tool that would help me feel safe and grounded in my body. In 2004 I immersed myself more fully in the practice and began my yoga teacher training with Katie Manitsas.
I began teaching full time and developed an interest in sharing yoga with members of my community that may otherwise not be able to attend, such as adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, children with a range of physical and mental disabilities, women in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction and individuals with mental health challenges.
In 2007 I was invited to participate in an apprenticeship style training with Simon Borg- Olivier and Bianca Machliss of Yoga Synergy. I taught at the Newtown and Bondi studios as a senior teacher for 12 years. The Yoga Synergy method is based on a deep and sound knowledge of anatomy and physiology, modern medical science and traditional hatha yoga. The Yoga Synergy style is practical, intelligently sequenced and can be adapted to the each individuals changing needs.
My own personal and professional exploration, and my strong interest in the effects and benefits of yoga on mental and emotional wellbeing inspired me to gain a diploma of Transpersonal Counselling in 2010. This in turn sparked my now ongoing passion for healing through practices that cultivate embodied presence. ( ie: feelings of being at home and alive in our bodies and a resiliencey to the ups and downs and variation that life brings.
My strongest influence in my work these days is Ortho-Bionomy. A principal based, gentle and structural body work therapy that works directly with enhance your bodies capacity to self correct and find homeostasis. This modality complements all that I have discovered personally and professionally so far and is now the the foundation for all the work I offer.
- Diploma of Transpersonal Counselling
- Registered Yoga teacher (500 hrs)
- Registered Ortho-Bionomy practitioner (500hrs)
- Anatomy & Physiology – Simon Borg Olivier
- Restorative Yoga (30 hrs) – Lizzie Lassater
- Trauma Sensitive Yoga- Trauma Sensitive yoga Australia
- TCTSY (20 hrs) – Edwina Kempe
- Mental Health Awareness for Yoga Teachers (35hrs) – Michael De Manicore and Janet Lowndes
- Yoga Philosophy Online course – Judith Hanson Lassater & Lizzie Lassater
- Experiential anatomy Online course – Judith Hanson Lassater & Mary Richards
Cath is highly empathic, intuitive and inspiring. After a session with Cath I feel supported, nourished and better resourcedMichele Lamont
Cath has a calm and steady energy about her that grounds me with her presence. Cath creates a safe and comfortable environment for me to practice.Eriko Watanabe
My simple promise is to help you learn and discover ways you can support your wellbeing throughout your life. I believe healing and change is possible and I look forward to sharing the gifts and yoga and Ortho-Bionomy with you.