Katherine’s entry into yoga was opposite from most. She was introduced first to meditation in the New Kadampa Tradition of Buddhism around 2005 in Vancouver, prior to ever taking a yoga movement class. She was studying counselling psychology at the time and knew there was more to understanding the human mind than what western psychological theories had to teach. A language of the heart and the spirit and teachings about loving-kindness were more inviting to her than discourses of mental health and pathology. So, she studied the psychology of mindfulness through a meditation practice, alongside her Masters in Counselling degree. It didn’t take long before she sought to expand her awareness of mindfulness practices more broadly. One yoga class led to the next. She had always been an athlete and yoga opened opportunities to tie all her passions into one coherent whole. Finally, she took her first yoga teacher training here at Adi Shesha in 2012, upon moving to Ottawa.
After a few years of workshops and exploration across traditions, she felt called to complete her yoga therapy certification in the Krishnamacharya (Viniyoga) tradition, which she graduated from in 2017. She is now Certified with the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
Outside of teaching, she works as a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor for a non-profit mental health organization in Ottawa, continuing her professional development now in Somatic Experiencing. Her goals as a therapist and teacher are to help people breathe more freely, increase a sense of strength and ease in the body, and quiet the mind – all toward leading wholehearted lives marked by an awakened heart.
Katherine is constantly seeking a deeper understanding of how to effectively help students use the tools of yoga intelligently on the mat and in their lives.
For more information on her background and her approach: www.katherinemarr.com