Yoking is yoga is a non-competitive & safe environment for you to relax your body and mind.
Yoking Is Yoga aka Katherine (1st class BA (hons), BWY 500hr) has facilitated a variety of local community classes & 1-2-1's since September 2018 with first aid certification and insurance to teach.
Katherine also acts as Cambridgeshire Rep Deputy for The British Wheel of Yoga, January 2021 onwards.
A Mother of 3 young children, and fine arts graduate from Brighton 2005-2008 her influences are diverse. Yoga has been of support and informed different realms of life, as a teenager with crippling anxiety being inspired by The Ipswich Buddhist centre yoga teacher to stand in tree pose at bus stops for example, as a young adult practicing in Sussex & London as an art student, in her twenties working in the arts in London. Initial training with The British Wheel of Yoga took place in 2013 where she become pregnant with her daughter who it was discovered was to have a challenging time overcoming a birth defect, fighting for her life for a year before being nursed on intravenous nutrition at home for 3 years whilst rehabilitation of her intestine took place with food therapy and other such measures. Katherine refers to this intense time, with a daughter requiring a great deal of medical, surgical and ongoing therapeutic intervention as having truly informed her yoga teaching journey. The positions NICU premature babies are arranged in to draw their limbs in-line with their centres and encourage their bodies to be symmetrical really informed her understanding in movement & development as being so strongly tied with the experience that comes with bonding with caregivers, attachment and physical exploration. Those aspects initially inform our ongoing perception with the 'world' but that journey does not finalise at childhood or even necessarily at early adulthood, but carries on until our dying days, if we choose to actively engage with the world. Katherine's journey to certification to teach took place on landing in Cambridgeshire where a 3 year long 500 hr BWY diploma course starting when her youngest was breastfeeding and finishing when that child was almost due to start reception.
With the uncertainty that life throws at you Katherine explains with 3 young children yoga has been the anchor with which life can be navigated.
I really recommend Katherine’s class. A wonderfully slow and calming class which can challenge and strengthen wherever you are with your yoga (in my case rather basic!). I’ve found the sessions are a little holiday from the world around me and are comparable to an hour long massage! Thank you Katherine.
Hannah G, Haslingfield, CAMBS - Monday evenings Slow Hatha Flow live & online over lockdown 2 & 3 2020, 2021
'Also have to say how much I enjoy your yoga classes. Always leave feeling much brighter and your tones / instructions really help with finding lovely space focus! I find your class deeply reassuring; both on a bodily level and feeling of being supported within online class group.'
Alice, attends the current 10 week Yoga Ethics course, Jan 2021
'I've been joining the Yoking classes on a regular basis since last May and have found them to be huge support over this time, feeling more grounded and able to sleep better as a result!
As a beginner it was a great introduction into the practice, gaining knowledge around the teachings. My overall flexibility and balance have greatly improved!'
Lucy, Amsterdam who has been attending weekly online sessions & 1-2-1's during Lockdown 1, May 2020 - Jan 2021
Great class. I’m a beginner and found that Katherine’s directions to be the same as if she were in the room - she’s really intuitive. I’m particularly grateful for the classes where she’s talked about breathing. I wear a FFP3 mask for work and was getting chest and diaphragm pain from sucking in air, but with a few simple tips this is no longer an issue for me.
Hannah R, Haslingfield, CAMBS @ Thursday/Saturdays live & online over lockdown 2020, Summer 2020 Pop up Yoga in Haslingfield
'Katherine is an exceptional teacher'
Michelle, Haslingfield CAMBS @ Wednesday Mornings Community Yoga in Haslingfield & live & online throughout lockdown
'Yoking is Yoga is what yoga is all about. Katherine’s warmth and sheer love for yoga is clear when teaching and puts the whole class at ease.
The way Katherine describes each pose, each breathing technique and leads you into relaxation is blissful.'
Hannah M, Felixstowe, Suffolk @ Monday evenings live & online 2020/2021
'Classes and flow are gentle and really reflective especially the reading at the end. She encourages the use of props to help you achieve a pose with comfort.'
Penny, Haslingfield, CAMBS @ Monday morning Community Yoga in Haslingfield Sept 2018 - Spring 2019
More about Katherine -
Inspired by recent talks and workshops by Peter Blackaby, Alistair Shearer and intensive training with Donna Farhi (Wolfson College, Cambridge June 2018), Katherine has completed the 500hr Diploma to teach yoga with British Wheel of Yoga, currently highest level of Yoga teacher training qualification in the UK, which includes an in-depth 3 years of anatomy, theory, practice and philosophy. She has also completed 'Yoga for Teenagers' with Calm for Kids (Christiane Kerr) and is constantly learning and partaking in CPD's with Peter Blackaby and other realms off yoga and other disciplines such as Permaculture that make sense as a practice of balance and adaptation.
Katherine's interest lies in how yoga can help throughout ALL ASPECTS of life. She has experience teaching women and men, expectant Mothers during pregnancy, young children of nursery school age, as well as those with reduced mobility in chair yoga.
I discovered yoga before I knew what 'yoga' was. Like most children do, exploring and experimenting with my body, creating shapes and moving to rhythms. Headstands in the school field, dancing, spinning like a whirling dervish to recreate the sense of expansive freedom of being stood on a cliff. Having been first taught Vrkasana (tree) outside a barn in Norfolk aged 12, and my first yoga class in a gym 2 years later, I distinctly remember the sense of relief and wonder at how joyous it felt to move into asana (postures). It was in London post painting degree in Brighton that really signed and sealed my interest in the relationship between the self and other, (dualism and non-dualism) via the meditative experience of having an art practice, which brought me to a more serious involvement into the realms of the 8 limbs of Yoga. The science & philosophies that branch off from the ever multitudinous Yoga (meaning 'to yoke' the body/mind to the breath), not just within the practice of asana but in all relationships, is a daily practice.
During our yoga practice we will consider the breath and it's effect on the emotions, the brains neuroplasticity and the bodies potential to heal. The potential of all beings non-human and human (to quote Timothy Morton), flexibility and strength within the mind and body (which are one and the same), poetry, literature, I hope to bring all of these things together within community-based classes & 1-2-1 sessions.
As a regular practitioner (formally) of yoga for over 15 years, although there is photographic evidence of my first yoga class I took at age 7/8 years old with sisters and cousins as students... I hope (on a novel note) to take the headstand into my 80/90's if my body allows for it! However, yoga is much more than a mere headstand, it is an approach, an attitude to life.
" Yoga can help us act with understanding and self-awareness, to become mature in the full sense of the word. it is a positive force in a world that struggles to accommodate change."
(Peter Blackaby author of 'Intelligent Yoga')