Long before Catherine took her first yoga class, she loved the idea of yoga- the integration of body and mind in service of the soul. What is not to love about that? Yet, much like her relationship with ballet, yoga was for those with flexibility and grace. It was, most certainty, not for her. Despite Catherine’s certitude, a good friend dragged her to a yoga class over 12 years ago. Catherine was afraid of being embarrassed, falling, and being the only one on the room who could not reach her toes. She went anyway. As the class ended, she was lying in savasana with an amazing sense of what she can only call a big-hearted feeling of love and happiness.
You see, yoga was for Catherine and her tight hamstrings. It turns out that you don’t need to be perfectly graceful and flexible. You just need to be. And so, this is why Catherine teaches. She wants to show you the way to that big-hearted love and happiness. And maybe somewhere along the way, your hamstrings will let go a little bit and you will find your toes too—just like she did.
Catherine’s journey includes a search for knowledge and empirical support for the beautiful, life-changing practice of yoga. She earned her Ph.D. in 1997 and is a Licensed Psychologist, Certified School Psychologist, and an Associate Professor at SUNY at Buffalo. At the university, she researches and teaches classes in counseling with children and adolescents, history of psychology, mindfulness interventions, yoga for mental health, and eating disorders. She also maintains a private practice. Working with adults, adolescents, and children, she specializes in the assessment and treatment of: anxiety-based disorders (e.g., PTSD and Generalized Anxiety Disorder), eating disorders (including other disorders of self-care), and development of emotional regulation skills.
Catherine’s loves are her husband, Jerry, and her daughters Chloe and Maya- And, of course, yoga. She teaches inspiring yoga classes at Power Yoga Buffalo. If you want to learn about who you are and what is possible for you, come to a class and find out.