Yoga Teacher, Massage Therapist, Pranic Healer
Kat has always been drawn to the East. During her university studies, as well as right after the graduation, she travelled and lived in some Middle Eastern countries, discovering spirituality and simplicity that came in different than in the west forms. Yoga was one of the practices she was introduced to at that time.
Her journey eventually took her to India, the country her heart recognised as home. There she studied Yoga in various ashrams and centres over the years, slowly diving into the depth and complexity of the paths, styles and techniques of this ancient art.
In the beginning, the path was not at all clear and Kat couldn’t say she knew exactly what she was doing or what the goal was. It seemed like meticulous untangling of a myriad of knots in some huge net that was covering her and impeding the vision. But by some miracle, she kept on doing it, until particular practices became ingrained in her life.
That’s when she came to understand and appreciate the simple and yet profound statement of Sri Pattabhi Jois: “Do your practice and all is coming”.
To Kat, Yoga is not about physical performance of the asanas (though those can be an important part of the practice). It is an element of everything we do:
“Whenever during the day I remember to take an aware, conscious breath, I do Yoga. Whenever I master equanimity in a difficult situation – I do Yoga. Whenever I remember to sit or stand with my back and neck straight – I do Yoga. Whenever I choose challenging over an easy and comfortable – I do Yoga. And yet, I may be going through my asana sequence, with the mind dwelling in some emotion or concern, without the awareness of what I am doing or feeling – and not do Yoga. The path is beautifully complex”.
After years of studying and teaching the art of transformation through motion, Kat discovered the science of Ayurveda and the ancient natural techniques to obtain perfect physical health and mental balance.
Soon after, she met her massage teacher Ananta Sylvain Girard.
Ananta dedicated his life to mastering and teaching the art of Ayurvedic Yoga Massage, as he learnt it from the great master Kusum Modak herself. He gave Kat not only the knowledge of the massage, but also an inspiration to spread this little known technique throughout the world.
“I was not comfortable with the compromise that seems to be the choice of many Yoga teachers: having a ‘normal’ job and teaching only part time. I knew my own progress as a teacher and Yoga practitioner was being slowed down by all that I was programmed to believe responsible life was supposed to be. So I decided to take a leap and see what happens if I dedicated my life to what I love doing. What happened was magic…”
Kat attended multiple Yoga TTCs and courses, mostly in India and Nepal, and she continues to study both on her own and with her great teacher Balu Theva
- Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa classes and 200 hrs Teacher Training Courses.
- Guided meditation, Pranayama and Yoga Nidra.
- Ayurvedic Yoga Massage, a detoxifying, deep tissue massage with a combination of assisted Yogic stretches – sessions and courses.
- Body realignment – sessions.
- Pranic Healing (on donation basis)
Trainings and diplomas:
- Assistant Yoga Teacher Training Course, Himalayan International Yoga Academy and Research Center (HIYA-RC), Kathmandu, Nepal, 2008
- Yoga Teacher Training Course 200 hrs, Yoga Vidya Gurukul, Nasik, India, 2008
- Certified Yoga Teacher Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga RYT 200 (Yoga Alliance), Yoga Darshanam, Mysore, India, 2016
- Alignment and adjustment in Ashtanga Vinyasa, 200 hrs, Sadhana Yoga Shala, Goa, India, 2017
- Ayurvedic Yoga Massage Therapy Certification, Institute of Ayurvedic Yoga Massage AYM-ARYM, Method Kusum Modak, Goa, India, 2015
- Ayurvedic Yoga Massage Therapist Diploma, Institute of Ayurvedic Yoga Massage AYM-ARYM, Method Kusum Modak, Mysore, India, 2016
- Ayurvedic Yoga Massage Level 6 Internship (Part 1), Institute of Ayurvedic Yoga Massage AYM-ARYM, Method Kusum Modak, Berlin, Germany, 2016
- Body realignment, method Peter Harman, Goa, India, 2017
- Basic Pranic Healing, Panaji, Goa, India, 2009
- Advanced Pranic Healing, Mumbai, India, 2010
- Pranic Psychotherapy, Mumbai, India, 2010