Catherine Adams has over 25 years of Yoga experience. She is a British Wheel of Yoga and Yoga Alliance 200hr Registered Teacher. She is a 2012 graduate of Yogacampus, which is widely recognised as one of the UK's leading teacher training courses.
She has studied with Tias Little and intensively with US based teacher, Yogarupa Rod Stryker for several years, accumulating 280 hours of training in Tantra, Prana, Energetics of Sequencing, Kundalini, the Koshas, Yoga Nidra and his unique training - The Four Desires - based on ancient philosophical tools to find meaning and purpose in life.
In 2016, she completed an 8 week Mindfulness Course with the Mindfulness Project in London. In 2017, Catherine qualified to teach Yoga and Mindfulness to Teens with Teen Yoga Founder, Charlotta Martinus.
She is fully insured, is an Appointed Person in First Aid and holds an Enhanced Disclosure Certificate from the CRB.
I discovered Yoga in my 20's in Sydney in the early 1990's. For three years I was living an exciting and fairly chaotic life - juggling several jobs whilst trying to raise production funding to make a documentary about a touring HIV/AIDS education play to remote Aboriginal communities in North Western Australia. One day I noticed a flyer for Iyengar Yoga classes at my local community centre. I tried one out and over a period of time, I became 'hooked.' I discovered the freedom and joy of moving my body, but more importantly, it wasn't long before I realised that through mindful physical practice, I could also move my mind. Yoga became a grounding force in my life and I knew that I had found something very special and long lasting.
I did go on to secure production funding for my film and returned to the UK with a TV production credit in my name and a rather naive sense of importance. There followed a few more turbulent and frustrating years trying to access the television industry, in pursuit of 'my dream,' before I gave up and focused on a career in Marketing with a large Advertsiing Agency and then the BBC. Throughout all this time, through all the ebbs and flows of life and the concurrent emotions - joy, disappointment, sadness, bliss, heartache, love - Yoga was the constant thing in my life and I found the discipline of the practice both comforting and essential. I would 'diary' my yoga practice and prioritise it over almost anything.
After ten years of Iyengar practice at the Iyengar Institute in Maida Vale - which provided a deep appreciation of alignment principles - I started to explore other styles of Yoga at the then, newly opened Triyoga Studio in Primrose Hill. Simon Low's wonderful Vinyasa Flow classes had me traipsing from the BBC in White City to Primrose Hill, on dark, rainy nights, on several modes of public transport and I always left feeling better than when I had arrived. I found the freedom and creativity of this movement based practice, integrated with longer holds, and breath work, very powerful. For several years, this became my main self practice.
After I had children I found the challenge of living Yoga 'off the mat' more testing - with less time and less control over my choices, I began to nurture a growing interest in yoga philosophy. Through the practice of Svadhyaya (self enquiry), I came to realise that the things that gave me the most pleasure and sustenance in life were very simple - Yoga and Food - for those that know me well, you know I love to cook and share food. In 2009, after over 20 years of dedicated Yoga practice, I embarked on training to teach. Often in life we follow career trajectories out of social or egotistical pressures, deciding that for some reason, one career is more worthy than another. I did that - I put people I admired on a pedastool but didn't think to wonder, 'Are they a good person? Are they living a good life, or even, are they living the life they were meant to lead?' External success is not always what it seems and we all have our own individual Dharma (life or soul's purpose) to discover and follow. Practicing Yoga calms the mind and gives us the mental space to make the best choices we can about what we do with our lives and how we live them. We may not always be able to change our circumstances but Yoga teaches us that we can change our attitudes, our reactions and our judgements. And, yes, there will always be time pressures and distractions to divert us from practice, but a little, often, can go along way. Theodore Roosevelt, a yoga practitioner himself, had some wise words to offer on this, 'Do what you can, with what you have, when you can.'
My yoga teaching is non dogmatic and reflects the styles of Yoga I have experienced over the years. I structure my classes around creative and imaginative sequences with integrated breathing practices (Pranayama) to heighten not just the physical effects of the practice but also the subtle energetic effects. My main teaching influence over the last several years is Colorado based, Yogarupa Rod Stryker, founder of ParaYoga, who I train with intensively once a year. ParaYoga is based on the Tantric principles of Yoga - moving energy or Prana in order to move the mind (Chitta) using the tools of Yoga - Asana (physical postures), Pranayama, (breath control) Meditation, Visualisation, Chanting, Kriya (purification techniques) and Svadhyaya (self-study). I have also been inspired and am grateful to many London Yoga Teachers - Graham Burns, Simon Low, Tanja Mickwitz, Zephyr Wildman-Green, Katrina Repka, Ericka Tourell and Jeoff Phoenix.
My classes are welcoming, friendly and good humoured. They are small so I can build up an intimate knowledge of an individual's practice and guide them with bespoke instruction and use of appropriate props. I have practiced Yoga in many London yoga studios and all over the world - in hotel rooms, roof tops and balconies, in gardens and woods, in cities and on the beach. I have tried to create an atmosphere in The Garden Studio which reflects all the things that I appreciate when I practice - natural light, natural flooring, warmth, fresh air, a clean mat and the smell of essential oils. All levels and abilities are welcome. Om Shanti.