Cathleen began practicing yoga in 2002 in her hometown of New Canaan, CT, and continued her practice during her time at Boston College, summers as a sailing instructor, a year living in Paris, and eventually coming full-circle back to New Canaan. Experimenting with several styles of yoga over the years, she completed her teacher training in the style of Mitchel Bleier’s “New School Vinyasa,” an alignment-based vinyasa combining the alignment of Iyengar and the vinyasa flow of Ashtanga.
Cathleen’s attention to physical alignment and muscle engagements is paired with an emphasis on observing the mind’s internal dialogue during times of strain and discomfort (also known as a yoga class!), with the goal of strengthening our ability to deal with discomfort in a calm and productive way. While you’ll never hear the word “fitness” in her class, you can consider sore muscles as her “homework” – to acknowledge the discomfort, and then, just as easily, let it go. Never underestimating the value of playfulness in a yoga practice, she loves arm balances, backbends and anything that inspires a laugh while falling over.
Working for jewelry designer Monica Rich Kosann, Cathleen is able to combine her career in the fashion industry with long weekends at a different pace in the Upper Valley, where her fiancé attends business school.
When we are aware of our inner-growth potential yet have no pretensions about ourselves, when we are vulnerable, then we can change. – Amit Goswami