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I first discovered yoga at the age of 18. Funnily enough, I disliked my first class! I thought my feelings had to do with everything happening in the practice room -- what was with the loud breathing and the weird postures and the laying on the floor all the time? Though those elements were uncomfortable, I later came to see that I also struggled with the self-criticism, anxiety and insecurity that I had felt for my whole life but was unacknowledged and unaddressed.
What got me to come back, was the feeling I felt after class. It happened in a moment. I took in a lung-full of cold Canadian winter air and I felt my breath more clearly in my body than I had ever before and it was like coming alive for the first time. That's when I felt like there was possibly more to this practice than meets the eye.
For the past decade I have been offering workshops and retreats in addition to private and group classes. I provide Reiki treatments and nurturing Thai Yoga Massages to my local community. For the past six years I have had the honour of acting as a mentor to recent yoga teacher trainees. I have also had the pleasure of teaching around the globe in places like Vietnam, Australia and India.
My time spent around the world gave me an incredible opportunity to develop my ability to practice and teach yoga in new ways that fit the needs of those I meet. Being able to learn and practice in North America and Asia gave me insights to many aspects of the yogic lifestyle, blending the ways of different cultures. 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.
Yoga has become a way of life for me and I want to provide you with the opportunity to discover the capabilities of your mind and body through this centuries-old system. As someone who lives a yogic lifestyle, I can offer you the tools and opportunities that have been and continue to be so effective in bringing more acceptance, joy, and freedom into my life. The ability to combine the philosophies of the East with the science of the West allows me to deliver a truly unique experience that uses the strengths of all of the cultures I have been exposed to.
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, 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. Through my yoga journey I have learned that 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.
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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