I first discovered yoga at the age of 18. Funnily enough, I disliked my first class! After the class I can still recall the moment of taking in a lung-full of cold Canadian winter air and feeling my breath more clearly than ever before. That's when I felt like there was possibly more to this practice than meets the eye. Fast forward 14 years later and I'm still practicing daily and have been teaching for 10 years, offering private and group classes as well as workshops and retreats. To my local community I offer Reiki treatments and nurturing Thai Yoga Massages. I also have the great honour of acting as a mentor for the last six years to recent yoga teacher trainees and also teaching abroad in places like Vietnam, Australia and India.
One of my most formative experiences as a student and teacher was spending a year serving as staff, including assisting teacher trainings for the International Sivananda Yoga Ashrams in India, California and Vietnam while studying under Swami Sitaramananda. The traditional yogic teachings I learned in this environment have profoundly impacted me and my work; the spirit of the teachings still ring true in my heart.
Currently, I'm studying strength, biomechanics and pain science with Kathryn Bruni-Young. Some of my other main influences are Rod Stryker, Elena Brower, Michael Stone, Tahl Rinsky, Bec Isaacs, Julia Cowan, Martin Stock and Annette Mellor. Blending Eastern philosophy with Western science and psychology informs my balanced and multidisciplinary approach to yoga practice. I'm excited about what our bodies and minds are capable of. The world gets bigger when our bodies and minds are supported in adapting to change and stress and this is what I am inspired to offer to you.
I’m a truly satisfied private client of Katarina’s. I have found her to be professional, organized, creative and intuitive. Katarina has been fundamental in unlocking mobility in my shoulders and upper back while building overall body strength. What I love, and find particularly unique, is her multi-disciplinary approach that weaves together principles of yoga and more traditional fitness techniques. This allows her to be highly flexible and responsive- able to fine-tune the essentials of each session week to week.
I would unqualifiedly recommend Katarina to anyone looking for a talented, sincere and engaged practitioner whose knowledge of the human body-and belief in its potential- is literally a vocation. Her acceptance, quiet sense of humour and generosity of spirit in my view are unmatched.
DEBBIE C. / ADVERTISING / 70
My first encounter with Katarina Wittkamp was in one of her Modo Yoga classes. That was over 18 months ago now. I remember thinking, "Wow!" What an experienced, empathetic teacher. I found myself drawn to her classes and enjoy her gentle approach to teaching Yoga. After class one day, I inquired about other services Kat offered. It was then that I was introduced to Thai Massage. This is a MUST TRY form of self care for everyone. I suffer from a serious anxiety disorder as well as chronic lower back pain. My Yoga and Thai Massage Combo have helped me to relax and relieve my back pain when nothing else would. Whether it is Yoga, or Thai Massage you are after, Katarina is well worth the investment.
ELIZABETH / FINANCE / 53
Katarina is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to yoga and anatomy and as a teacher she's friendly and encouraging. I've taken Kat's private yoga classes, her group classes, her workshops, and I've also been lucky enough to attend one of Kat's yoga retreats. Through these experiences, she's helped me with my personal yoga practice as well as my pranayama practice. She has helped me develop skills that I never thought I'd be able to learn, such as being able to do a handstand and different breathing practices. The breathing (pranayama) has helped me get through some of the most stressful things in my life. I would highly recommend Katarina's services to anyone from beginners to experienced people interested in yoga. You won't regret it. She is amazing!
JOSH / LANDSCAPING / 32