Cathy Louise Broda has been teaching Ashtanga Yoga for 23 years. Her first teacher was Beryl Bender Birch, who she did a two-year apprenticeship with in New York in the late 1980's. She also studied Ashtanga with David Life, who introduced her to Sri K Pattabhi Jois during his first visit to New York. She received Guruji's blessing to teach Ashtanga Yoga in 2000.
Known for her transformative hands-on adjustments, Cathy Louise's teaching style owes much to certified Ashtanga teacher John Scott. She assisted John in his Mysore classes in London and eventually inherited her own Mysore practice classes at Astanga Yoga London. She also taught vinyasa yoga at Triyoga and did a year-long apprenticeship in Pregnancy Yoga with Lynne Pinette. During this time, Cathy Louise met Nancy Gilgoff, one of the first Americans to study with Guruji in Mysore, India in the 1970's. Her connection to Nancy has grown stronger now that they live on neighboring islands.
Cathy Louise's Pregnancy and Mom & Baby yoga classes draw on her experience as a mother of three. In her Ashtanga classes too, she openly shares her journey as a woman so students may understand how best to adjust the practice of yoga in all stages of their lives.