Hi, I’m Katie, a devoted Yoga student and a Yoga teacher. Yoga is about freedom and balance – you create space in your body to allow freedom of movement bringing everything back to balance. The aim is to sit peacefully and effortlessly still in meditation. It has been a wonderful journey and I can honestly say that Yoga changed my life for the better.
Originally from Madeira, in the middle of the Atlantic, I grew up surrounded by the deep blue ocean and luxurious green mountains. Feeling a strong and intimate connection with Nature, I love swimming in the sea and going for long walks with my dogs with whom I share unconditional love and friendship.
Life, or shall I say my English husband, led me to London in 2008 after having worked for over 15 years in the financial markets in Portugal. Committed to a career change, I went back to University (The University of Bath) where I studied and graduated in Addiction Counselling. While studying and after several failed gym memberships – where I paid and hardly used the facilities or attended any classes – I came across a yoga teacher who lived and taught close by. After my first class with Suzie, I went back for more and never looked back. Under her guidance and inspiration, I was able to reconnect with my body and give my busy mind a rest.
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Still faithfully and happily attending Suzie’s classes but having also explored many different yoga styles and teachers, I started to think about becoming a Yoga teacher. In 2013 I completed a certification in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for Complementary Therapies, ITEC Level 3 and in 2014 I completed my Yoga Teacher training in Vinyasa Flow (200hours), accredited by Yoga Alliance UK. I have had the privilege to train with Debbie Avani with whom I learned so much more than yoga postures and how to teach them.
In 2014, I also qualified as a TRE Level I - Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises with Steve Haines, a technique developed by David Berceli that helps release the deep chronic tension created in the body during a traumatic experience or that has accumulated from prolonged stress.
In 2015 I undertook a 50h Yin Yoga Teacher Training Immersion with Sarah Corbett. Yin yoga is a floor based style of yoga with poses, or asanas, that are held for longer periods of time. Yin Yoga, as it promotes stillness, is a wonderful practice to witness the constant change of sensations floating through our body, the fluctuations of our mind and the nature of the breath.
2016 was a year dedicated to explore the sister science of Yoga - Ayurveda for Self-care course with Ratna Dey Cordukes. The course includes hands on learning of Ayurveda fundamentals, lifestyle, foods, cooking, herbs, home remedies, beauty tips - I love cooking and it was a real joy to learn the principles of this holistic system of preventive medicine and health care with Ratna in such a friendly and authentic environment.
My love for Yoga continues to motivate me to learn more about the mind-body-spirit connection. I have a keen interest in Emotional Anatomy and in 2017 I completed a one year course of Anatomy and Movement with Gary Carter.
My yoga practice incorporates all these styles and influences into a unique style - each class is different as I find that varying the content of classes helps to motivate students.
I am fully insured with Yoga Alliance UK and I hold an Appointed Person Emergency First Aid Certificate.