INTERVIEW WITH: CATHY LAWSON
Can you tell us about your background?
Professionally I have spent many years in Sales & Management.
I have been practicing yoga for over 10 years but in 2010 I spent an awakening weekend with Baron Baptiste which led me to the possibility of teaching. Through 2010 & 2011 I completed a 100 hour level one with the Baptiste Power Yoga Institute and then completed my 200 hour Teacher Training and subsequent mentorship with Rachel Scott at YYoga in Vancouver. In 2012 I completed Hot training with Kirsten Campbell.
These days, I spend a lot of time hanging with an amazing 16 month old who makes me laugh & smile way too much!!
What brought you to yoga?
Yoga found me during a traumatic time in my life. Initially I was drawn to the physicality of the Vinyasa and Hot practices almost as a distraction but as I dove deeper into my yoga practice, I started to notice SO much more. Yoga was a gift for me in healing. It offered me a significant gain in self awareness, a sense of calm and focus, a nurturing community and a pathway towards a lifelong journey in wellness mind, body & spirit.
Why did you decide to become a teacher?
Yoga was a transformation for me. After practicing with so many inspiring teachers, I thought how can I help others discover what I have and help them towards healing or wellness or countless other benefits this practice has to offer? Well.....Teach!
What do you love most about teaching?
At the end of the class when students are quiet and starting to slowly move back to the rest of their day, you make eye contact and get a simple “thank you”. You can often sense a subtle shift in their state of being from when they first arrived to the studio. This is the most rewarding part of teaching.
What is your favorite pose?
What should students expect from you?
Students can expect a well sequenced, alignment based class from me. My classes offer students an opportunity to meet their edge and challenge themselves through self inquiry. My class lends to building heat in the body through a series of strengthening postures always leading towards a peak pose.
What do you want your students to take away from your teachings?
I hope that students take away a sense of balance, strength & inquiry from my class.
Proudest yoga moment?
I don’t think I have one proudest moment but ongoing moments serving students through offering as a teacher.
“We begin where we are and how we are, and whatever happens, happens” - T.K.V Desikachar
My son. Yoga has led me to find more love for myself than ever before. Through maintaining a regular yoga practice I am able to be my best self and there fore be my best for him.
What is your advice for new yoga students?
I truly believe that there is something for everyone when it comes to yoga. I encourage new students to try different styles and different teachers to find the best fit for them. Yoga is like a buffet these days!! There are so many great offerings so try them all!!