WHO I AM
Senior Yoga Teacher and Co-Founder of SPACE Yoga Studio
Professional, Yogini, Dreamer, Warrior
After studying dance throughout her youth, Catia decided she required a more profound life experience, so put her dream aside and began working and traveling as often as she could.
In 2003 her yoga journey into self-inquiry took its first steps and has since been a healing experience which has deeply changed her views on life. Catia's quest has led her to explore many styles of yoga: Sivananda, Vinyasa flow, Ashtanga, Jivamukti, Yin. She has drawn inspiration from and remains grateful to all her teachers: Guruji Sri K Pattabhi Jois, David Life and Sharon Gannon, David Swenson, Stewart Gilchrist, Simon Borg Olivier and Ana Forrest.
Catia has been teaching yoga for over 15 years and has had the privilege to teach in some of the top yoga studios in London, teaching amazing people from all walks of life. She is a freelance yogini that loves to travel and share her knowledge while learning from her students and other teachers. Catia's authentic soul is inspiring; she shares much passion, compassion, and love in all her classes, where age, background or religion is no barrier. She offers regular community classes, creating a safe space and giving a chance to those less fortunate or unsure of their path to come in and let go through the practice of yoga. Over the years she has also helped organise and run fundraising events, including Yoga Gives Back.
Catia's classes incorporate the essence of yoga philosophy, and how to apply the wisdom of yoga into daily life, on and off the mat. Her sequences are fluid, creative vinyasa flows; a moving meditation with an emphasis on breath. She is particularly inspired by Eight Limbs of Ashtanga Yoga and Ashtanga vinyasa and imaginatively weaves her own variations into classes. Meanwhile, Catia is also adept at teaching Yin yoga, the Chakra's, and leading meditations.
Catia's passion for teaching and traveling has seen her lead yoga workshops and retreats in New Zealand, Bali, India, Portugal, to name a few. She feels that whatever she gives out to the world is magnified and returned, and so teaches with warmth and sincerity! And it has also been said that her smile is a breath of fresh air.
In 2017 Catia moved with her partner John from London to Brighton, where they co-founded SPACE Yoga Studio. She currently teaches there most days, runs regular workshops, and is preparing to lead her first Teacher Training Course in 2021 at SPACE.
You're exactly where you are meant to be.
SPACE Yoga Studio, Brighton
07:30-8:30 - Vinyasa Livestream
9:30-10:45 – Yin Yang Livestream
9:30-10:45 – Detox Flow Livestream
7:30-8:30 – Vinyasa Livestream
18:00-19:15 – Vinyasa Livestream
9:30-11:00 - Yogasana
11:30-12:45 - Yin Yang
Catia also teaches weekly private classes, London and Brighton-Hove, which are tailored to your individual needs and health conditions.
For Reiki healing and Thai Yoga massage bookings, please email me.
For over 10 years Catia regularly taught at renowned London studios:
Light center Belgravia - Victoria
The Power Yoga Company - Parsons Green
Indaba - Marylebone
Sweaty Betty - HQ and Kings Road
Lululemon - Covent Garden/Kings Road, in-store and outdoor events
Yotopia - Covent Garden
Alchemy - Camden Town
Float Spa, Brighton
Further learning YTTC, CPD'S
and Yoga Immersion's
SPACE Yoga School
Foundational Yoga teacher training course
4th of February - 17th of April 2022
£500 deposit is non-refundable. Payment can be made in a lump sum or instalments.
Catia Leite - Lead teacher
Matthew Clark - Philosophy and History
Tobie Tompkinson - Anatomy & Physiology
TBC - Mythology & Mantra
Cherry Bennelick - Assistant
Jade Windel - Assistant
Plus guest teachers
Are you ready to develop your personal practice and become a knowledgeable, skilful, and compassionate teacher?
The SPACE 300hr Foundational Teacher Training is a fully inclusive course, suitable for all ages and abilities, and grounded in our passion to empower all students to take the next step on their yoga journey. Led by senior teacher Catia Leite and an exceptional, international faculty, this welcoming and comprehensive course at Brighton & Hove’s premier yoga school will provide you with a strong teaching methodology, excellent technical understanding of asana and human anatomy, and thorough knowledge of the traditions and philosophy of yoga. Carefully designed for those who desire an in-depth training, this life-changing 3-month programme includes 100hrs of mentored self-study to prepare and support you as you learn how to share yoga with joy and compassion. Rooted in an authentic understanding of the Eight Limbs of Ashtanga Yoga, as well as a comprehensive exploration of asana, this course will guide you through traditional yoga philosophy, meditation techniques, mantra, spiritual practice, and how to live a rich yogic lifestyle on and off the mat. By gaining a deeper understanding of yoga philosophy – based on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras – over the course you will experience a conscious awakening which will further enable you to teach from the heart. Throughout the course we encourage you to be creative and bring your intuition and life experience onto the mat. If you are seeking to fully immerse yourself in your yoga journey and develop a spiritual practice which will ultimately steer you closer to your true self, then this course is for you.
Together they have over 20,000 hours of teaching experience and bring alternative but complementary approaches to your course. SPACE is also delighted to have Dr. Matthew Clark (Philosophy) and Tobie Tompkinson (Anatomy and Physiology) on the faculty.
Carefully designed for those who desire a complete, in-depth training, this life-changing 3-month intensive program includes 100hrs of mentored self-study to prepare and support you as you tread your path as an experienced practitioner and budding yoga instructor.
Applicants must have a minimum of 2 years of consistent yoga practice. Attendance for all course modules is compulsory and graduation depends on the successful completion of all elements of the course. There are limited places and students new to SPACE Yoga Studio, or who have not practiced with Catia before, are required to attend an interview and a class at the studio.
Each student will be assigned a mentor for the course, and there will be 100 hours advised non-contact time consisting of:
Fully recognised by Yoga Alliance Professionals we are committed to providing each trainee with a comprehensive 3-month program providing tools to develop your curiosity, evolution as a practitioner, and abilities to be an effective and powerful instructor.
On successful completion of the course (attendance, assignments, assessment, and practice log) students will receive the SPACE Yoga School Foundational Teacher Training Certificate (300hrs)
For more info, course dates and/ or to book your spot click below:
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30hrs Yoga Immersion
Living the Eight Limbs of Yoga a Journey of Self-Inquire
Price: £300 / £270 (SPACE Members)
Non-refundable deposit: £50
(includes vegan food and manual)
@ Space Yoga Studio
2019 & 2020 courses
Next course 2021 dates TBC
I'm very excited to announce that I will be running a 30 Hours immersion a journey of self-inquiry through the practice of yoga this Spring at SPACE Yoga Studio. This life-enhancing immersion will be held over 3 weekend afternoons within SPACE. We heartily encourage you to come to deepen your practice and learn more about - 'Living the eight limbs of yoga' and how to implement them in our everyday life, on and off the mat. It will take place in our beautiful, serene and welcoming studio.
Each day will begin with a 90-minute yoga class including breath-work (pranayama) and restorative postures. This will be followed by a detoxifying, wholesome vegan lunch. After this, I will lead a discussion on the foundations, principles and moral precepts of ‘yoga’, followed by a brief period of introspection. The penultimate part of each afternoon will focus on alignment and structuring your own self-practice. The day will draw to a close with a short meditation and mantra.
These unique, themed afternoons at SPACE are suitable for anyone:
1. looking to improve their physical yoga practice;
2. wishing to increase their general health and well-being;
3. considering a Yoga Teacher Training Course;
4. aiming to develop self-practice and create a daily ritual;
5. wanting to learn about the tradition and principles of yoga;
6. seeking deeper levels of self-inquiry.
The immersion will run over 3 weekends at SPACE, each day from 13:30-18:30:
12-13 Sep: ‘Yamas & Niyamas’
26-27 Sep: ‘Asana, Pranayama & Pratyahara’
10-11 Oct: ‘ Dharana, Dhyana & Samadhi’
FOR ALL ENQUIRIES PLEASE CONTACT CATIA OR JOHN AT SPACE:
Anything outside this very moment is merely an illusion, be here now.
SPACE 2021 Yoga Retreat, Portugal
21st to the 28th of April 2022
Price starting at £875 Sharing
For 2022 SPACE Retreat Catia and John invite you to join them at vineyard estate in Algarvian Portugal. Lagoa is a truly authentic and beautiful scenario to re-balance your mind, body, and soul, and have a jolly fun time with like-minded folk. Away from everything but only 20 minutes to idyllic beaches, there will be plenty of space to unwind around the pool or amidst organic gardens, grapes, sunshine and the shade of ancient trees. Furthermore, you will be spoiled daily with amazing healthy meals prepared by the estate’s chef, and are welcome to sample wine from the oldest vineyard in Portugal as the sun goes down.
7 nights’ accommodation;
Full Yoga Retreat program;
Organic breakfast lunch and dinner for the entire stay;
Opening & Closing ceremonies.
Yoga: 8am – 10am & 5pm-6:30pm
All classes will be eclectic, diverse in styles, enjoyable, and led by senior teacher Catia Leite, and SPACE director John Bedwell. It is advised to approach each practice with an open heart; to observe and let go, to witness without judgment, eventually surrendering in order to embrace the experience happening right here, right now.
TWIN ROOMS Sharing £1125 / Single £1400
BUNK ROOMS Sharing £875
Booking Terms: To save your spot we ask for a 30% non-refundable deposit of the full amount. The remaining balance must be paid in full 8 weeks prior to the retreat (August 1st).
Early bird: save £50 if you book before April 1st.
Cancellation: You may cancel up to 8 weeks before the retreat begins and obtain a full refund less your 30% deposit; 6 weeks for a 50% refund. Unfortunately, we are not able to refund you if you cancel less than 4 weeks before the retreat begins.
Flights are not included in the price. However, we can help you arrange them so if you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask.
To book please visit the website:
For more information contact John or Catia at firstname.lastname@example.org
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POP UP class @ SPACE Yoga Studio
Yin Yoga and LIVE Harp
Friday18th of December 2020
Back by popular demand for their 3rd installment: myself & world-class musician Siobhan will be hosting a divine Yin Yoga class to sounds of live harp and crystal bowls. The Harp has been used for many therapeutic purposes, including anxiety, stress, chronic fatigue, and pain, while crystal bowls work on a deep level within our being as we are primed to receive their sound. Let go and slow down into your ‘yin’ practice while enjoying the sounds and vibrations emanating from crystal singing bowls, and experience an even deeper level of relaxation. Such bowls are a wonderful accompaniment to yin yoga as the vibrations help to clear and rebalance our energy systems.
Yoga Spa Wine
A SPACE Day Retreat with Catia & John
Saturday 25th January 2020
£55 / £50 SPACE Members
Throw off the political blues and weight of the changing clocks and join us for an Autumn day retreat this November. We all deserve to treat ourselves now and then, and what better way than indulging in a deep yoga class, nutritious meal, spa sauna, and organic wine. Yum.
The day will include:
> 2 hour Yoga Master Class led by John and Catia
> Homemade vegan daal lunch & tea
> Taxi to Box Sauna on the seafront
> 2 hours Finnish Spa experience with salt rubs
> Glass or 2 of decent wine
Limited to 15 people, this special day will leave you feeling wholesome, high and cleansed.
YOGA REVIEWS AND TESTIMONIALS
Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today.
"I have lost count of the yoga styles and classes I have tried in my job as a writer and editor at the Evening Standard so I can say with conviction that Catia's is one of the very best in London.
While teaching a super-dynamic style, she makes careful corrections of her students and will always encourage and help everyone to master new postures.
The hard work she asks of you is all worth it for the endorphin release and steady mind you achieve by the end of class."
- Jasmine Gardner, Deputy Features Editor, London Evening Standard
"Catia is an inspirational yoga teacher, she is challenging and motivational. You'll come out of her class feeling ready to take on the world..thank you x"
- Nicky Purnell, Marketing Director at HW Fisher & Company
"I find Catia's class simultaneously challenging, holistic, positive with a great balance between strenuous and relaxing. She is a fantastic teacher who makes every person in the class feel cared for. This is exactly what I want from a yoga class."
- Anjali Mehra, Dancer, and Actress
"Catia is a wonderful senior yoga teacher, her teaching is advanced and accessible, grounding and energising. Calming and joyous. Always smiling, she is one of the most inspirational teachers I have practiced with."
- Alain Zak
'I adore catia's way of teaching and creative sequencing but most of all, her energy & encouragement. It's pretty unique to feel that and beautiful to be able to lean into it. Thank you Catia for your generosity of spirit and for sharing so much of yourself through your teaching and going way above and beyond. The energy you give comes beaming back towards you.
- Laura Nowell
Reviews and Blogs
Teacher Review: Catia Leite - The Power Yoga Co.
"If you've ever wondered how strong, thorough adjustments can improve a practice this is a great class to try. Catia mixes good flow with long holds that allow her to knead student’s bodies to advance their poses. Excellent strong hands-on adjustments Balanced class with mix of fast and slow pacing and good variety of poses"
Posted by Guru Review
Yoga Magazine: Studio of the month - L!FE Shoreditch:
by Alexandra Martinelli
Five Feathers Blog:
London Naturally Blog:
"All the classes are brilliant, but my favorite escape is Catia Leite’s vinyasa flow class. Catia is a small and supple, tough and toned, coiled spring of energy. The sort of person you can’t picture walking down a drizzly street in London. I can only imagine her lithe, tanned form, with its necklaces, rings and mysterious tattoos, on some distant beach, stretching under the sun..."
by Cari Thomas
Sweaty Betty Blog:
"Catia Leite is Sweaty Betty’s own support office yoga instructor and a hugely inspiring life force who helps all of #TeamSB to find their Om during a weekly Wednesday lunchtime yoga class. Also an instructor for London’s esteemed Power Yoga Company, Catia is known for her challenging Ashtanga yoga sequences and rejuvenating Yin & Yang restorative sessions. She also shares Sweaty Betty’s passion for adventure, which she is taking to a new level this December with a Wild Yin & Yang Yoga Retreat in the North Island of New Zealand..."
Culture Whisper Magazine:
"Desperately Seeking Serenity? We've selected the best Yoga in London."
Wendy Rowe - Make up Artist
Because you’ll usually find me in London or New York, most of my recommendations are city-focused. But when I heard about this gem of a yoga studio, I knew I had to share it with you. Space Yoga in Brighton is one of the most beautiful studios around…
Workshops, Events, Festivals
Indaba, London - Inversions and Arm balancing, June 2012
Power Yoga Company - 200hrs YTTC Practicums and course assistant Sep. 2012 and July 2013
Power Yoga company, London - Chakra flow and Meditation, May 2013
Light Centre Belgravia - Flowing through the Healing Sound of the Halo Live with Antonio Soto, February 2014
Light Centre Belgravia, London - Yoga Gives Back Global Fundraising event "Thank you Mother India", November 2015
Light Centre Belgravia, London - Moving through Transitions Workshop, February 2016
Yoga West Studio (Titirangi, NZ) - Shakti Immersion, Yin and Tonic Workshop with live Sitar, May 2016
Light Centre Belgravia, London - Yin Yang Workshop November 2016
SPACE Yoga Studio, Brighton - Back to Basics - 'Yoga fundamentals' October 2018
SPACE Yoga Studio, Brighton - Back to Basics 2 - 'Warriors' November 2018
SPACE Yoga Studio, Brighton - Setting intentions - Yin Yang & Live Harp with Catia and Siobhan January 2019
SPACE Yoga Studio - 30hrs Yoga Immersion - Living the Eight Limbs of Yoga 2019 & 2020
SPACE Yoga Studio - Inversions workshop 18th January 2020
Alexandra Palace, OM Yoga Show, London - Yoga Gives Back Global fundraising event - charity class, October 2016
Alexandra Palace, OM Yoga Show, London - Yoga Gives Back - charity class, Practice * Serve * Love* October 2017
Greenwich Festival, London - Yin Yang Yoga and LIVE Harp with me and Siobhan Swider, 14th July 2019
World Yoga Festival - Reading, UK 7-9th of July 2017
Sri Jasnath Asan (ashram), Panchla Sidha, Rajasthan, India - Utsava Maa Goddess Wisdom Festival, 27-29th Sep 2017
Brighton Yoga Festival, County Cricket Ground - Hove, 16th of July 2018
Greenman Festival, Brecon Beacons - Nature Nurture, 16-19 August 2018
Greenman Festival, Brecon Beacons - Nature Nurture, 15-18 August 2019
RETREATS BOOKING TERMS: To make a booking, we need 25% deposit of the full amount - is non-refundable. (this is for retreats outside Europe, retreats within the EU, we require 35% deposit, 25% non-refundable). The remaining balance must be paid in full 8 weeks prior to the event. IN THE EVENT OF CANCELLATION FROM YOU 8 weeks or more prior to the retreat date, 75%, of the full amount will be refunded, less 25% which is your deposit. 6 weeks prior to the retreat date: 50% of the full amount will be refunded 4 weeks or less prior to the retreat date: payments are not refundable. INSURANCE AND HEALTH We strongly recommend that you have full travel insurance to cover medical expenses and personal and belongings. It is important to let us know of any healthy issues/diagnosis, injuries you might have for your own safety. Also for your own peace of mind if you unsure about your health always consult your doctor. PASSPORTS, VISAS AND HEALTH REQUIREMENTS You are responsible for ensuring that you have a valid passport and any necessary visas and any necessary or required inoculations or other health requirements. TERMS AND CONDITIONS for SPACE Yoga Teacher Training course Practice experience & application: Students must have been practicing for a minimum of 2 years and provide a letter of recommendation from their current teacher. Placements are first to come first. All students will have to fill in an application to outline intentions and experience and submit an essay set by course tutors. Space reserve the right to refuse enrolment and can retract a students’ place at their discretion. Booking A £500 non-refundable deposit will secure the place and the balance must be paid in full 4 weeks before the course starts. Space Yoga reserves the right to withhold the place if full payment is not received before the start date (exceptional circumstances will be considered). All contact hours, manual, and assessments are included in the cost. Workshops, classes, travel accommodation, food, insurance, and first aid are not included. Refund policy Refunds are not available for those who decide to not continue with the course (exceptional circumstances will be considered). Students should email space Yoga Studio if they decide to leave the course. Attendance Punctual attendance and a minimum of 90% of the course must be attended in order to successfully complete the course. Trainees may be required to re-take modules in order to pass. The school reserves the right to charge additional fees for these catch-up modules/sessions/assessments. Successful applicants should be in good physical and mental health and have stable personal circumstances to complete this course with the focus and dedication it requires. Students will be expected to have a regular practice and keep a diary/journal throughout the entirety of the course in addition to contact hours. Complaints procedure Students should follow the process below should an issue arise Talk to a nominated course mentor regarding the issue (informal). If the issue is with that tutor, students will be expected to talk to the second-course leader. Meeting with both course tutors (students will be advised to bring support with them). Written complaint via email to Space Yoga Studio which will be responded to within 7 days Complaints will remain anonymous unless there is unsafe behaviour that needs to be referred to other professionals. Space yoga will provide an answer/solution where possible within 7 days. If this is not possible, the school will provide reasons why and a possible route forward. Code of conduct By entering the Space Yoga Foundational Teacher Training course I agree to the code of conduct of acceptable, ethical, and professional behaviour listed (but not limited to) the following in conjunction with the teaching and business of yoga. I will; Conduct me in a professional and conscientious manner Ensure that my practices and behaviour conform to the representations I make about myself in holding myself out as a yoga practitioner. Seek development of skills, experience, and practice where appropriate provide the public with safe and effective yoga teaching Create and maintain a safe and clean environment for the practice and teaching of yoga. Encourage diversity by respecting all students regardless of age, physical limitations, race, creed, gender, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation Respect the rights and privacy of students. Refer students to alternative instruction /advice which may be more appropriate should my skills be limited. Avoid words and actions that constitute sexual misconduct. Adhere to the traditional yoga principles as written in the Yamas and Niyamas. Follow all local government and national laws that pertain to my yoga teaching and business. I agree to comply with the conditions and requirements as set out in the SPACE Yoga course curriculum, and accept that failure to do so will disqualify me from any accreditation. I commit to upholding the standards of the teachings I have been given, and to maintain and promote the good name of yoga and SPACE Yoga Studio and its course tutors at all times. I accept that failure to do so may result in annulment of the accreditation of or partaking of the course.