Director, Spirit Loft Movement & Yoga Centre
Catalina is a movement and mindfulness educator and co-director of the Spirit Loft Movement Centre. Since co-founding Spirit Loft in 2011 with her husband, 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. Her personal and teaching practice is informed by ancient traditions, contemporary research, and curiosity. 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.
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. Her dedication to these practices led her to pursue vocational studies and she is ever grateful to all her esteemed teachers for their generosity, wisdom and exacting encouragement; Annie Carpenter, Schuyler Grant, Pat Harada Linfoot, Scott Davis, Poep Sa Frank Jude Boccio, Laura Sygrove and the late Shoken Michael Stone.
Catalina studies with the Ido Portal team, Shawn Mozen & Sara-Clare Lajeunesse of Agatsu Inc., Dr. Andreo Spina, the Prague school of rehabilitation (DNS) and Josef Frucek of Fighting Monkey/Rootless Root.
Catalina has a life long love affair with learning, and is committed to the practice of maintaining beginner’s mind. She is dedicated to the development of curious and diligent students of movement, stillness and community practices. In addition to her work at Spirit Loft, Catalina also mentors teachers with the New Leaf Foundation, a not for profit organization offering mindfulness-based life skills with under-serviced youth in custody facilities and schools/community centres in priority neighbourhoods.