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Cathy Louise Broda - Personal Biography

Cathy Louise Broda

Cathy Louise has been teaching Ashtanga Yoga for 28 years. Her first teacher was Beryl Bender Birch, with whom she did a two-year apprenticeship in New York in the late 1980s. 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 in the year 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 is the proud co-owner of Purple Yoga Hawaii where you can find a comprehensive Ashtanga Mysore Program with over 41+ hours of dedicated Mysore teaching each week.

Cathy Louise had her first child in 2003 and twins in 2006. While pregnant with her first baby, she started a "Pregnancy Yoga" program and later added "Mom & Baby Yoga." She has trained three apprentices to teach Pregnancy and Mom & Baby Yoga. In 2009, she produced a DVD, Pregnancy Yoga: A Practice for Each Trimester. 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.

Cathy Louise was interviewed by Ashtanga Dispatch, and you can listen to the podcast by visiting:


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