Hello! I'm Katie. I am a friendly, ocean-loving human. Yoga and mindfulness have helped me through many challenging times throughout my life and I count my lucky stars to be able to share these practices with others.
I am originally from Yorkshire, and moved to Newquay in 2015 after travelling the world in search of snowy slopes and surf. My favourite things include cold water swims, surfing, days on the beach with my partner and step sons and dancing at festivals with friends.
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.
In 2019 I finally followed my longstanding dream of training to be a mindfulness teacher. Read more about this below.
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: Adult + Child Safeguarding Training.
2021: ASSIST - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
2021: Mental Health First Aid
I am currently studying a masters degree in Mindfulness-Based Approaches to Wellbeing specialising in Teaching Mindfulness-Based Courses. Through the masters I am training 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.
I have been practicing mindfulness since 2014 and is such an important part of how I take care of my mental health. My practice has helped me to navigate the highs and lows of life with more ease, presence and compassion. It's my heartfelt wish to share the teachings and wisdom of mindfulness with others through the Mindfulness-Based Courses I am training to teach.
I am currently offering regular 4 week intro to mindfulness and aim to teach my first full 8-week MBSR course in January/February 2022.
See here for details of upcoming courses and events.