Cathy says: “ I can wholeheartedly say that yoga changed my life.
After several years of a dedicated yoga practice, I am fitter, healthier, happier and generally in far better shape than I have been for years. It inspired me so much that I decided to take a yoga teacher training course so that I could share my joy with others.
I incorporate elements of yoga into my cognitive behavioral coaching and business practices, and elements of cognitive psychology from those practices enter my yoga. Everything is linked! I believe I have found a marvelous formula for living a happy, healthy and joyful life despite any stresses or strains life may throw our way.”
Where I started
My early health record reads like a medical text book. I suffered several serious illnesses that included jaundice as a child, which left me with Gilbert’s Disease, a condition that impacts on the breakdown of waste products in the blood. As an adult, my IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) symptoms were so bad I was tested for bowel cancer. I also suffered from severe and chronic asthma, punctuated by frequent bouts of serious bronchial and inflammatory infections. I used inhalers 5 to 6 times per day. I had 16 surgeries before the age of 30, which included several gynecological operations, two Caesarian sections and a hysterectomy. When I was 13, I ran into a glass door, severing several tendons and blood vessels in my wrist and elbow. Luckily, I was resuscitated after extreme blood loss but required 4 reconstructive surgeries and months of occupational therapy to recover the use of my right hand, spread over the years.
I discovered yoga late in my life, at the ripe old age of 45. My poor ill and overweight body, riddled with stress, anti-asthma steroids and too much sugar, grabbed the life line it was offered in a chance visit to the local gym.
The minute I lay down on the mat, an amazing sense of peace descended on me. I could still breathe, although not great. My heart was still beating, my blood still flowing. I was still alive, there was still hope.
I realised I had to learn to look after myself. Slowly, my body responded to the gentle movements. I started to shed weight. I started to breathe a bit easier. I started to become stronger, and more able to balance.
Where I am now
As the balance on the mat improved, so the balance in my life started to return. I discovered a connection between my mind and body I had never known existed. Soon, I sought a more challenging yoga class.
As I became more confident in my yoga practice, so the performance anxiety decreased and amazingly, my business improved. I was slowly starting to operate from a position of power, rather than fear. My motivations had changed. I started to be a lot more chilled out. Laughter returned to my life, and new friendships started to develop. Slowly, the scars I had imprinted on my own soul through a lifetime of ignorance and self-neglect, were fading, healing and freeing me.
I lost 2 stone in weight, without dieting but by caring about the quality of food I eat. After years of yoga, I hardly need to use inhalers at all. I now realise that the asthma was probably a psycho-somatic response, retentively holding on to things that were not good for me. I no longer get bitchy or angry at trivialities. I breathe and I live with peace in my newly discovered, open heart. I sleep like a baby. And I now have headstands and amazing backbends to show off, as an added benefit!
I am so grateful for all the good things I have discovered in my life. I am glowing with health and vitality. I have managed to find a place that is so calm, peaceful, good and nourishing that I feel compelled to share it with others.
I discovered a mindful existence, and the benefits of being conscious of one’s own significance and impact on the surrounding environment. I have had opportunities to speak as a subject expert, to coach and mentor, to work with world class companies to improve their sales teams and employer brands.
To support this, I took a cognitive behavioral coaching course in 2013. I also enrolled in yoga teacher training. The future is bright! And I want to share it with everyone.
I hope that Diversity Yoga will make this joy of living healthfully and happily available to everyone who wants or needs it.
This is what I share with my clients:
The secret to having it all is to have time for yourself. Keeping sight of yourself as an entity within your goals is making the best of what you have. With the right attitude and a mindset of gratitude, you can achieve superhuman results. I know how to do this – I did it for myself. Walk with me on this part of your journey. You will end up a lot farther ahead than if you walked on your own.
Call me now for a confidential discussion about how I can help you, your body and your business grow and prosper!