Yoga Teacher Trainer

Katie Connolly

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Katie Connolly Yoga Teacher Trainer

Yoga Teacher Trainer: Katie Connolly

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Katie Connolly and Her Family

My first yoga session was led by me after a family dinner when I was 6 or 7. I found my Gran’s yoga book and began practicing – Candlestick became an instant favourite! My Mam had taught me basic breathwork and guided meditation around this same time to help with my anxiety. Having this foundation at a young age became a way of life for me, helping me to be resilient and remain connected to my gloWithin – my inner wisdom and sparkle for life! No matter our age, incorporating these simple practices into our lives can be a game changer!

I formally began going to Hatha and Flow classes when I was 16, and amusingly, Bernie Clark was one of my first teachers who made an incredible impact on me and my understanding of the body. Sometimes, I share with clients that when I was going through a tough period in my early twenties, I couldn’t stay for Savasana, and I can appreciate the challenge of slowing down, which is why I have incorporated a trauma-sensitive approach since I began teaching in 2011. My favourite blend is Kundalini, Hatha, Yin Yoga with Yoga Nidra, Restorative, and sound healing intertwined… and has been a favourite of my clients since I began sharing this twist.

I always recommend trying a few teachers and classes as you feel called to. Our preferences change, but coming in with an open mind will always result in learning something!

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi:

For me, yoga is a way of being and offers incredible tools to nourish the Koshas, or the layers of the self—physical, socio-emotional, intellectual, energetic, or spiritual. It has been an integral part of my life, and I hope you find a practice in this vast world of yoga that nourishes you!

I did my yoga training a little bit backwards, beginning with Children’s Yoga, then Prenatal with Gurmukh, and then my 200-hour training. Since 2011, I have taken a second 200-hour and 300-hour training with incredible teachers who expanded my knowledge on the roots of yoga and so much more! As an avid learner, I always learn, focusing on fascia and the nervous system (as a Craniosacral practitioner), development, and integrating mental health.

I am an Expert Registered Yoga, Children’s, and Prenatal Yoga Teacher (ERYT-500, RCYT, RPYT). My passion for understanding the human experience scientifically and intuitively led me to pursue my Craniosacral & Somatic Training, a Masters in Counselling, and found a Children’s Yoga School (RCYT) to share this wisdom with other educators, therapists, and parents. You are welcome to learn more about my philosophy here

Level up Your Yoga Teaching with Katie Connolly

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