Cathy Louise has been teaching Ashtanga Yoga for 30 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. Cathy Louise met Pattabhi Jois during his first visit to New York and received his blessing to teach Ashtanga 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 then 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. In London, Cathy Louise also met and studied with Nancy Gilgoff, and her connection to Nancy has grown stronger now that they live on neighboring islands.
Cathy Louise's Pregnancy and Mom & Baby 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 learn how best to adjust the practice of yoga in all stages of their lives.