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Hey There,

Thanks for stopping by!  I teach vinyasa yoga, but my style of yoga comes from years of life lessons learned the hard way and a deep understanding of the brain and its affects on the body. I’m not the type of yoga instructor that will fill you up with fluffy words of love and boundless joy, because well… that’s not real life. Real life is gritty. Real life doesn’t feel great all the time, but that’s why we practice. We go through the garbage because a truer version of ourself is in there somewhere and that is our constant.

I’m a certified RYT 200 yoga instructor with 10 years of zazen meditation experience. I’ve studied with Buddhist monks in Hiroshima, worked with neurologists to help understand the affects of the brain in relation to head trauma and neurological disorders, taught athletes from hockey players to rock climbers and mentored comedians. When I’m not teaching you can find me sailing through Greece or the BVIs, pole dancing, or right here in Chicago at a comedy show.

I’m so grateful you came by.

Abrazos,

Caitlin

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Imagine you are stranded on a deserted island. What three things would you want to have with you?  If you asked me three years ago, my answer would have been very different than it is now.
– Weapon
– Solar panel
– 2-way radio

Solid list, right?  Completely reasonable, albeit a little predictable. A weapon to protect me from the things that go bump in the night. Maybe a machete so I can cut through some  bush weeds. Solar panel to recharge batteries. Two-way radio to call for help and GTFO. I’d be like Tom Hanks in Castaway, only not stuck on a deserted island.
The items on my list were simply a means to get me off the island, but why?  I was coming from a place of fear and didn’t know it.  I didn’t look at being on an island as a chance to live off the grid, to test my survival skills. I didn’t see it as an opportunity to develop a deep understanding of who I am as a person who has what it takes to survive in the wild. I didn’t see it as a blessing to get to know all the weird parts of my personality and to witness my own transformative change.
The difference between the me that wanted off the island and the me who’s foolishly considering trying out for Survivor is that I brought my zen meditation practice onto my yoga mat to confront my fears in a very real way.  I found my way through it. I faced a lot of discomfort, but even more acceptance. I like to think of it as finding my weird. This is my approach to yoga.  Put yourself on that island with nothing but what you have inside you, and be witness to someone greater than you could imagine.

What would you take to find your weird?

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