From research scientist to yoga teacher.
I want to make sure the people I work with experience the most effective mind-body practices.
I bridge modern science with classic yoga to enhance the transformational effects of contemporary mind-body practices.
I work one-on-one and in group sessions, supporting clients that have experienced stress, anxiety, complex trauma, PTSD, and eating disorders. I also work with community organisations in programs that support individuals experiencing complex mental illness and alcohol and other drug rehabilitation.
Kathie (PhD, Psychology) has over 13 years of academic research experience. During that time she published research and lectured on topics such as emotional memory, personality psychology, biological psychology, behavioural neuroscience, cognition, and molecular biology.
She has held research positions in New Zealand (University of Canterbury, and Otago), The USA (Yale University), and in Australia (The Queensland Brain Institute); as well as lecturing positions in New Zealand (The University of Canterbury, and Otago) and the USA (Qunnipiac University).
The Transition to Yoga
After working in academia for over 13 years and practicing yoga since 2008, I wanted to make a career shift that would be more aligned with my core passions- psychology and yoga. Being interested in the transformational effects of yoga, I was following research on how beneficial yoga practices can be for mental health and well-being. As the field was growing, I knew this was the space I wanted to be working in.
Teaching yoga since 2016, Kathie has over 700 hr of yoga teacher training, and transitioned to teaching yoga full-time in 2018. Being trained as a research scientist, means that she is drawn towards methods that have an evidence-base for facilitating the effectiveness of yoga.
She is also a certified Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (2018), trained and supervised by the Center for Trauma and Embodiment at the Justice Research Institute (MA, USA).