Hi, I'm Katie. I teach yoga and mindfulness to help people come home to themselves just as they are, through the cultivation of kind awareness in movement, stillness and daily life.
Yoga and mindfulness have helped me find more joy in life and how to navigate the inevitable challenges of life with greater ease, skilfulness and compassion.
My journey to becoming a yoga teacher...
Hilariously, I first practiced yoga at age 14 with a Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice!) yoga DVD in my bedroom. However, it wasn't until my early 20s that I started to practice regularly.
I finally took the plunge to become a teacher myself after spending a winter ski season in Japan living with an amazing yoga teacher called Kanami who ran the ski resort yoga studio. She was the most amazing teacher and also totally down to earth, which made me realise I didn't need to be enlightened or be able to float off my mat to train to teach.
My first teacher training was with the goddess Julia McCabe from Canada in a truly idyllic Ayurvedic centre in Goa, India. I have slowly grown my little teaching business over the years and trained and practiced with many more incredible teachers.
My first yoga teacher training crew!
2016: 200hr Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Julia McCabe and Sarah Zandbeek
2018: 40hr Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Amanda Brown
2019: Level 2 Sacred Sequencing Teacher Training with Keren Cooksey and Lucy McCarthy
2019: 30hr Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Eimear Beardmore
2019 - 2022: Masters Degree in Teaching Mindfulness at Bangor University
2021: The Art of Yoga Sequencing online course with Jason Crandell
2021: Adult + Child Safeguarding Training.
2021: ASSIST - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
2021: Mental Health First Aid
I have been practicing mindfulness since 2014 and it is no small thing to say that this practice has totally changed my life. I found mindfulness at a very low time in my life. The doctor was offering me anti-depressants but it just didn't feel like the right choice for me at the time. Then, my wonderful Mum gave me a book on mindfulness which had a course in it and meditations to follow. This helped set me on a path to recovery.
Since then my practice has helped me to navigate the highs and inevitable lows of life with more ease, presence and compassion.
Many hours of meditating, mindfulness courses and retreats later, I decided to train to teach mindfulness so I could share its much needed wisdom with others. In 2019 I began studying a masters degree in Mindfulness-Based Approaches to Wellbeing specialising in Teaching Mindfulness-Based Courses.
This is a long and rich teaching training pathway and will take many years to fully complete. Currently, I am qualified as an entry level teacher after 2 years of training.
Through the masters I am trained to teach the evidence-based eight week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course (MBSR) which empirical research has shown to help skilfully manage a range of mental and physical difficulties, such as anxiety disorders, chronic pain, fibromyalgia.