Catalina is a movement and mindfulness educator and co-founder/co-director of the Spirit Loft Movement Centre with her husband, Andre Talbot, established in 2011. Her practice is informed by ancient traditions, contemporary research and innovation. She believes in a balanced practice, one that is steeped in diversity, discipline, creativity, joy and deep rest.
As a competitive gymnast, she spent her formative years bounding off any surface she could find. She discovered yoga & mindfulness practices in her late teens as a tool for navigating anxiety and developing embodied resilience. Her dedication to these practices eventually led her to pursue deeper studies and training. She is ever grateful to her esteemed teachers Annie Carpenter, Schuyler Grant, Pat Harada Linfoot, Scott Davis, Poep Sa Frank Jude Boccio, the late Shoken Michael Stone and Laura Sygrove for their generosity, exacting encouragement and compassion.
Over the past decade, she has dedicated her practice and studies towards the developments of a greater vocabulary of embodied practices to assist in the development of her awareness, movement potential, compassion and well-being. She has had the opportunity to study and learn from a very diverse and elite set of coaches and teachers in the art of movement, strength, mobility, flexibility, gymnastics, dance, martial arts and somatic movement. Her current teachers include Shawn Mozen & Sara-Clare Lajeunesse of Agatsu, Josef Frucek of Fighting Monkey/Rootless Root, the Ido Portal team and Dr. Andreo Spina.
Catalina leads classes, workshops, retreats, intensives, teacher trainings and carries a full roster of private clients ranging in age and ability. She also mentors teachers with the New Leaf Foundation, a not for profit organization that shares trauma-informed body practice and mindfulness based life skills with under-serviced youth in custody facilities and TDSB schools/community centres in priority neighbourhoods.
Catalina has a lifelong love affair with movement and 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.