Director, Spirit Loft Movement Centre
Catalina is a movement educator and co-director of the Spirit Loft Movement Centre. Since co-founding Spirit Loft in 2011 with her husband, Andre Talbot, Catalina has directed her studies and practice towards a broad lens of embodied practices to assist in the development of her awareness, movement potential, compassion, and well-being.
She believes in a balanced practice, one that is steeped in diversity, discipline, creativity, joy, and deep rest. She leads classes, workshops, retreats, intensives, teacher trainings and carries a full roster of private clients ranging in age and ability.
Catalina currently studies with and is mentored by Jozef Frucek of Fighting Monkey/Rootless Root, an applied practice for human development through movement. She has also studied with Shawn Mozen & Sara-Clare Lajeunesse of Agatsu Inc. in mobility and Kettlebell training, various workshops with the Ido Portal Team, Functional Range Conditioning with Dr. Andreo Spina, and Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization with the Prague School of Rehabilitation. Her mindfulness teachers include Poep Sa Frank Jude Boccio and the late Shoken Michael Stone.
As a competitive gymnast, she spent her formative years bounding off any surface she could find. She discovered yoga and mindfulness in her late teens as a tool for navigating anxiety and dedicated much of her 20/30s to teaching/studying the practice of yoga. While she no longer teaches in this tradition, she is grateful to the transformative insights her yoga practice gifted her, and grateful to all her esteemed teachers for their generosity, wisdom, and exacting encouragement; Annie Carpenter, Schuyler Grant, Pat Harada Linfoot, Laura Sygrove, and Scott Davis.
In addition to her work at Spirit Loft, Catalina mentors teachers with the New Leaf Foundation, a not-for-profit organization offering mindfulness-based life skills to under-serviced youth in custody facilities and schools/community centres in priority neighbourhoods across Southern Ontario.
Catalina has a lifelong love affair with learning and is committed to the practice of maintaining beginner’s mind. She is dedicated to the development of engaged, inspired and compassionate students of movement and stillness.
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