BFA Hons, CLD, ERYT 500, PRYT, Director of Yogaspace
Kathryn holds an honours degree in Dance Therapy and Education and is a Certified Doula. An ERYT 500, she received her first Yoga Teacher Training Certification in Flow Yoga with Kaila Kukla. Her primary classmate was her dear friend and neighbor, Bibi Hahn, who encouraged her to create Yogaspace 17 years ago. She has completed four Restorative Yoga Teacher Trainings with Judith Lasater and one with Hali Schwartz. She holds a Pheonix Rising Yoga Therapy Certification and studied Yoga Therapy with T.K.V and Kaustaub Desikichar for two years. Other influential teachers are Erich Schiffmann, Thomas Myers, Donna Farhi, Roger Cole, Richard Freeman, Paul Grilly, Rodney Yee, Todd Norian, Anne Greene, Elise Miller, Jason Crandell and Bryan Kest. Nuggets of wisdom from each of them, are woven into her teaching and point of view.
Kathryn spent her early post grad years working as a choreographer, producer and director in alternative and mainstream theatre in Toronto and Winnipeg. She has been a movement educator for over 30 years and teaching Yoga for 20, the first 10 of which, she was also a busy Doula. She created the Yogaspace Pre-Postnatal Program in the mid 90’s and subsequently placed it in the careful hands of her Doula partner, Sasha Padron, when it, alongside her work as a doula took a back seat to parenting two teenage boys, administering a growing Yoga school and leading the Yogaspace Teacher Training Program.
After 2 years of filling the room at St. Mathius Church with students who still frequent her classes today, she founded Yogaspace in 1996 in the alley beside the church off of Bellwoods Avenue. It was one of only six studio’s in Toronto at the time. The studio moved to it’s present location in 2004, and has been instrumental in the development of the Toronto Yoga community, having created programming and policy that has been emulated by studio’s throughout the GTA.
As the director of Yogaspace, Kathryn has successfully developed and maintained a strong, familial teaching team and staff alongside high quality, community relevant programming to support the therapeutic and educational needs of individuals new to the practice of yoga, as well as those seeking higher Yoga education.
A sensitive and skilled Yoga teacher/therapist, Kathryn works with individuals privately and in small groups, providing detailed instruction, effective hands-on augmentation and definitive demonstration to support deeper understanding of, and overall proficiency, in all aspects of asana practice. Her strong communication skills provide her with the ability to explain subtle aspects of the practice in a way that anyone can understand. She has been providing Yoga Therapy for individuals in clinical settings for 15 years. She also leads large group Vinyasa classes accompanied by recorded and live music which are progressive, emotive and restorative. Her skillful and unique approach brings greater alignment and mindfulness to Vinyasa Yoga. Her steady pace, creative sequencing and attention to detail, encourages students to move slowly, deeply and mindfully into their bodies so that they may leave her class feeling grounded, clear, content and more informed of the nuances and habits of the body and mind.
Gleaning from the many teachers, therapists and artists she has been most fortunate to work with over the years, and in response to the sudden death of her mother who might have considered trying Yoga had a program like it existed, Kathryn created the Yogaspace Therapeutic Yoga Program which she has been cultivating at the studio for 6 years. The program orients to individuals from all walks of life including pregnant women, and individuals living with cancer, insomnia, anxiety, depression, post-trauma and recovering from surgery, to name a few. The therapeutic response to this unique work has been exceptional and the program has been replicated by Yoga studio’s throughout the GTA.
As director of teacher training at the studio for 12 years, Kathryn candidly shares her hard earned wisdom and evokes the unique talents of every aspiring teacher she works with.
All aspects of her teaching are incorporated into her annual retreats in Mexico and Northern Ontario.