PRACTICE AND ALL IS COMING. ~ SRI K. PATTABHI JOIS
WHO I AM
A gypsy soul, a dreamer and lover of all
Global SYT, Thai Yoga Practitioner, Reiki II, healthy food explorer.
Ambassador for YGB
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. Her quest 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, Matt Corigliano, Kino, Anne-Marie Newland, and Stewart Gilchrist, who she assisted during Teacher Trainings, and is still her teacher and main inspiration.
Catia has been teaching yoga for over 10 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 organize 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. The sequences are fluid, creative vinyasa flows; a moving meditation with emphasis on the breath. She is particularly inspired by the Ashtanga practice, and imaginatively weaves her own variation 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 been said that her smile is a breath of fresh air.
WHERE I TEACH
Body is the bow Asana is the arrow
and the Soul is the target. - BKS Iyengar
Tuesday 16:00-16:45 - Kids Yoga 6-11yrs (New starting Jan.17)
Thursday 13:15-14:15 - Leve1/2
Friday 19:30-20:45 - Level 2
Tuesday 11:00 - 12:00
Tuesday 20:00 - 21:00
Sweaty Betty HQ
Wednesday - 12:15-13:15
Marylebone Women's refugee center
Thursday 10:00-11:15 - Free Karma Yoga
Friday 10:30 -11:15 -Free Karma Yoga
Battersea Park - Summer Season
(Chelsea gate) by the Buddha
I'm a regular cover teacher at the studios below.
Check studio website for updates of when I'm teaching.
The Power Yoga Company - Parsons Green
Indaba - Marylebone
Sweaty Betty - Kings Road
Lululemon - Kings Road, IN STORE AND OUTDOOR EVENTS
Yotopia - Covent Garden
For private booking,
Classes will be tailored to individuals specific needs and aim.
Private classes; Ashtanga Vinyasa, yin yoga, restorative, meditation, Pregnancy yoga, kids yoga 9yrs and over, one2one, corporate, events, fundraising, pop-ups, workshops and retreats in the UK and abroad.
For Reiki healing and Thai Yoga massage bookings, please email me. Info on both therapies will be up very soon on the website.
FESTIVALS, WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS
LONDON AND GLOBAL
World Yoga Festival
7-9th of July 2017
3 days 7-9th July 2017 - Child Beale Trust near Reading, UK.
I am honored to be taking part and to be giving the opportunity to show my wisdom and passion for yoga at this awesome event.
The World Yoga Festival is bringing together the most revered collection of teachers in yoga, meditation and wisdom gathered together in one glorious 3-day open-air festival on 7-9 July 2017.
More info will be shared here and on their website, in the next few weeks; as for what I will be teaching. Stay tuned and come back to find out more.
Goddess Wisdom Festival
27-29th September 2017
Sri Jasnath Asan ( ashram), Panchla Sidha, Rajasthan
More Info. will be posted soon!!!
---- WORKSHOPS ----
Yin Yang Yoga Workshop
Saturday 12th November 2016 @ The Light Centre Belgravia
14:00-16:00 - £25
The focus of this Yin Yang Yoga workshop is the understanding and the practice of Yin yoga, the inner expression of being in order to move into Yang yoga, the outer expression of being. We will explore both practices and also learn how to apply some of these amazing techniques into your everyday life. As inner wisdom arises, we become attuned to our natural inherent knowledge of self and deep release is achieved. The natural laws of Yin and Yang are complementary to a balanced yoga practice, both aspects of being to harness the universal life force within.
Making your booking , please call The Light Centre Belgravia 0207 881 0728
Yoga Gives Back - Special charity class
Practice * Serve * Love
OM Yoga Show - London
Saturday, October 22nd 2016, 16:00-17:30
North West Workshop room, Om Yoga Show
This donation class will be held by a team of Yoga Gives Back UK Ambassadors collaborating to remind us of how this sacred practice of yoga continues off the mat. For all levels. Fee £5
This event is part of YGB's annual global campaign "Thank You Mother India" which raises the majority of funds for its program in India. We support nearly 900 mothers and children with microloans and educating funds for the year.
We are very excited and look forward to seeing you on the mat.
Team of YGB Ambassadors includes Tanya Mickwitz, Alessandra Pecorella, Ami Patel, Julee Yew-Crijins and Catia Leite
Yin and Tonic Workshop
Yin, Sitar and Shakti Immersion with Javier Ugas and Catia Leite
North Island - New Zealand
Saturday 14th of May 2016 @ YogaWest Studio
Titirangi - New Zealand
A Yin and Shakti mat experience with Javier Ugas Yoga - Teacher at Yoga West Studio and international Yoga teacher Catia Leite. All mixed with the beautiful sounds of Dhruv Mody on live sitar.
Tea and treats are also included .
Booking at www,yogawest.co.nz or in the studio.
Moving through Transitions Workshop
Saturday 6th of February 2016 @ The Light Centre Belgravia
14:00-16:00 - £25
Moving through transitions has been designed to better your understanding in body, mind and breath and ultimately life. We are constantly evolving, changing - we know nothing ever remains the same. With many doubts, fears, uncertainties and so much more tagging along with it - in this workshop we will learn the basic understanding on how to deal with change on and off the mat. With unexpected shifts in life, that we sometimes don't feel ready for and yet we are faced with, we at times lose our sense of being, we anticipate. In this workshop, it's about learning the connection of all three fundamentals of yoga, ( Mind/thoughts (chitta vrittis) Body, Breath. Also how to deal with the fear that we constantly live with and the anticipation that holds us back from moving forward. How we can approach it with simple techniques to help us break the patterns we have created. So we can move fluid in a moving meditation and yet remain present in our breath. Without judgment or expectation, fear or anticipation but instead, creating a safe and welcoming space, in a positive manner, in practice and in your everyday life.
We will go back to basics allow beginners to take it through stages and at their own pace as well as for the more advanced to take it further.
We will work on opening the body fully to allow us to move more freely, strengthening core and shoulder to help us lift and fly into more advanced asanas/poses. Moving through transitions more gracefully and mindfully to enabling the individual to reach their personal goal - Whatever that may be.
Asana's we will work on and with: Sirsasana II into eka pada koudianasana II, Galavasana, Parsvha Bakasana, tittibasana, sirsasana I, II (other variations) pincha mayurasana and if there is time, adho mukka vriksasana.
Be prepared to work playfully but also to be challenged and pushed to the edge. Guaranteed you will leave the class feeling great, revitalised, new and with great tips to work with in your own space, on your own and even apply it in your next yoga class.
Making your booking , please call The Light Centre Belgravia 0207 881 0728
Yoga Gives Back Global Fundraising event "Thank you Mother India"
20th of November 2015 @The Light Centre Belgravia
Friday 18:30-20:00, DONATION £10min.
I am proudly hosting a very special yoga class for YGB Global Fundraising, an amazing non profit organisations to help change the lives of women and children in India. All the money donated is 100% for this amazing charity. My time, your sweat and our donations.
This class is open to all and together my aim is to remind us all of this beautiful country and its people. India is a very special place in many ways to me and to many of you. To give something back through “Yoga gives Back” is a wonderful way to show and share our gratitude for all the wisdom it has given us and continues to share with the world. We can make a difference so lets unite and make it happen. Let’s fill up the room with love and prana. SweatyBetty King Road is totally behind us and giving away goodie bags at the end of the class to all show ups. only 40 spaces.
Make a booking email me, firstname.lastname@example.org
Donation min. £10 on the day
Dynamic Vinyasa through the Healing Sound of the Halo Workshop
Antonio Soto Elvira and Catia Leite
21ST of February 2014 @ The Light Centre Belgravia 20:00-22:00
As you enter the room allow the beautiful healing sound and vibrations of the halo to fill your body. As we explore asana through mindful breathing we begin to understand the connection between breath, mind and body. This workshop is designed for the individual to advance their practice to a higher level, experiencing some of the challenging transitions and asanas gracefully and effortlessly.
Antonio Soto Elvira was born in Veracruz, Mexico and came to London to follow his musical career having early in life discovered his love and passion for the drums. He is a Drummer, Halo Musician, Percussionist as well as Producer and Sound Engineer from London. The Halo is more spiritual and is used in connection with meditation and yoga for sound healing or simply to enjoy the beautiful sounds.
You can reserve a space by calling reception on 020 7881 0728.
OR BOOK ONLINE
Please note that Light Centre credit is not valid for workshops and special events.
Chakra flow and Meditation
11th of May 2013 @ The Power Yoga Company 17:45-19:45
Chakras are energetic centres that relate to different parts of the emotional and physical body. Working with chakras can help to restore and enhance the smooth flow of your vital energy and to ground down when feeling disconnected. In this workshop, open your chakras one by one and free your being in a new way.
We will begin the workshop with a gentle 30min warm up and then begin working through all our chakras.
Early bird rate £20 if booked before April 27th
Please note: If you intend to book a space for someone other than yourself, please contact the studio!
PAST YOGA RETREATS
BALI - GOA - MOROCCO - NEW ZEALAND - PORTUGAL -UK
Bali Spirit Yoga Retreat
Ubud - Bali 2016, 10 days and 9 nights overlooking the rice fields
2-11 of Sep 2016
Tegallalang - Bali
A magical retreat in north Goa and South Maharashtra, India
10 days of blissful yoga, Nature, and Wildlife...
15th-25th of February 2016
Starting price £695
Yoga, Meditation, culture, Nature and wildlife
12 DAYS 8 DESTINATIONS
Wild Yoga & Extreme Sports
Road Trip exploring the North Island of New Zealand
8th - 20th of Dec. 2015
The concept of this trip
Life begins on the other side of fear. The concept of this adventure is to take you out of your comfort into the wild and the other side and start living the life fear has held you back from ...
Yoga and Surf Retreat
in Hippy surf village of Taghazout-Morocco
17TH -24TH of October 2015
Starting price £550
Yoga Sun Sea Surf Culture Colours and lots of fun...
Let's explore the land together, the nearby towns and further out- Taghazout, Essaouira, and Marakech !!!
Taghazout, Agadir Morocco
Yoga weekend and Scandinavian food in the Cotswolds
6th -9th of February 2015
Long weekend away in the country with myself and the wonderful chef Kimberly Parsons - Author of The Yoga Kitchen
Yogasana Retreat in Ashiyana Yoga center.
A hidden haven in North Goa -India
1st -8th of March 2015
Starting price £695
Mandrem Beach -North Goa
NEW YEAR YOGA TREAT
Yoga and Surf Retreat in wonderful Morocco
Lets us free flow organically and gracefully into the
New Year 2015
Taghazout, Agadir - Morocco
A Moroccan Experience awaits you
Yoga and Surf Morocco Retreat
6th -13th of Sep.2014
Tagazout - Agadir
Treat yourself and join me this winter in Paradise - South Goa, India
2nd -9th of Feb 2014
Patnem beach - South Goa
Yogasana and Surf Retreat in southern Portugal
Easter Break - 5th -12th of April 2012
End of Summer -2nd -10th of Sep. 2012
Barao de Sao Joao, Lagos - Algarve
Beautiful golden sandy beaches that stretch for miles, perfect surf for beginners or pros. Sun, Sea, Culture, Architecture and so much more...
YOGA REVIEWS AND TESTIMONIALS
"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
Reviews and Blogs
Teacher review -Catia Leite - Power Yoga - The Power Yoga Co - by My guru
"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 6th March 2013 by Guru Review
Labels: Power Yoga Power Yoga Co
Studio Review - Studio of the month, June 2013 - L!FE Shoreditch by Alexandra Martinelli
Five Feathers Blog:
London Naturally Blog by
All the classes are brilliant, but my favourite 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...
Sweaty Betty Blog
Catia and her upcoming New Zealand adventure - Wild Yin Yang Yoga retreat.
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....read more
Culture Whisper Magazine
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YOGIS ON THE ROAD...AROUND THE WORLD!
Portugal Morocco India New Zealand UK Bali
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.