Certified Pilates Practitioner, Movement Educator, and Certified Fascial Stretch Specialist
Cathy is a graduate from the University of Oklahoma, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Pedagogy. She worked on a Masters in Movement Therapy at Hunter College in NYC, and received a Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Med degree from Columbia University. She was a full scholarship recipient at several Dance Conservatories in NYC such as Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey.
Cathy, who had an extensive dance background, found her way to Pilates to enhance her instrument to perform. Cathy has been practicing Yoga and Pilates since 1996. Cathy is certified through Physical Mind, Power Pilates, Polestar Pilates International and PMA. She is a member with the PMA (Pilates Method Alliance) and Yoga Alliance and is a member of good standing with American Fitness Association of America. She is also a member of NAPW (National Association of Professional Women). Cathy's studio is a Polestar Pilates Teacher Training Host Site and she is a Polestar Pilates Movement Educator for Texas. Cathy also completed the 30 hour Comprehensive Smart Core training with Marie-Jose Blom Lawrence. Cathy is also a Certified Fascial Stretch Specialist Level III.
Cathy attends several continuing education conferences every year to learn and know the latest research and approach to movement, for clients with Osteoporosis, Scoliosis, Parkinsons, MS and all the spinal pathologies as well as womens health and the physically fit.
I have been practicing yoga off and on for the last 5 years. After moving to the US, other forms of keeping fit intrigued me whether it was running, weight lifting or aerobics. But I was finding it hard to sustain any for long periods of time due to either knee pain or weather or something else. Then, one day a friend invited me to the 108 sun salutation winter solstice event and then shortly after to a workshop with Sean Corne. This rekindled my love for yoga and drew me into not just practicing but taking it a step further and completing my 200 hour teacher training. Since then, I have continued grow my practice through teaching and learning through workshops from well-known yoga instructors.
I love that yoga is not only about the body where seemingly simple poses, if done right can be humbling, it is also about the mind – being present and making every move and every breath intentional. Yoga is practiced at your own pace. You are not competing for performance grades or stats. A practice that offers you the flexibility and opportunity to make it your own with your own intention and tap into your inner strength and energy.
It would be my joy and honor to share this practice with you and continue to grow and hopefully make a small impact in your day. Namaste!!