About the Little Yoga Hut
The Little Yoga Hut is the Home Yoga Studio of Catherine Kelleher, Yoga Teacher and Practitioner based in Tongwynlais, Cardiff. The hut is nestled amidst nature in Catherine’s back garden and has been purpose built as a teaching space.
About the Hut
The hut was built in Nov 2016 by a team of friendly builders to be Catherine’s home studio. Catherine teaches private sessions at the hut for 1-to-1 clients and small groups up to 6 in number. The hut also houses small workshops. For bigger workshops and weekly classes Cath teaches locally.
What is the Hut?
I have had the pleasure of developing my yoga practise under Cath's instruction for many years now. Cath has a wonderfully natural nurturing teaching style. There's little room for ego and judgement and plenty of space for growing and light humour. I've learnt so, so much over the years and look forward to learning more.
Cath began practising Yoga in 1999. Keen to delve a little deeper into what yoga had to offer, she partook in a Yoga Step by Step Foundation course in 2003. Since then Cath has continued to practice, eventually becoming a teacher in 2009. On becoming a teacher Cath set up Yogafever in Cardiff and went on to open and manage 2 yoga studios and to run community based classes for the next 7 years.
In 2012, Cath became a student to Paul Harvey, Centre for Yoga Studies. Paul teaches an approach to Yoga called ‘viniyoga’ which means the adaption of Yoga for the individual. Paul encouraged Cath to embark on his 12month foundation course in 2012. This led to Cath undertaking his extensive 3 year Practitioner training programme which she completed in 2016. The course specialises in working with individuals for yoga development or yoga therapy.
Cath was keen to move on from a busy Yoga studio to focus on teaching via 1-to-1's, small group workshops and local group classes. In Nov 2016 committed to this process by closing her busy studio to focus on opening the Little Yoga Hut
What stye of yoga do I teach?
Cath's Yoga Journey
My own relationship with Yoga began in 1999 when I engaged a local yoga teacher, Kalavathi Devi (now the owner of Om Yoga Studio in Cardiff), to teach a small group of work-friends and I one evening a week. We began as a group of 4 but slowly the others drifted away and I was the last man standing.
I couldn’t explain what it was about yoga that kept drawing me in, I just knew that it made me feel better. I started going to class with Kalavathi when I could and started to seek out other teachers to expand my knowledge. Fortunately, Kalavathi believed in teaching the many aspects of yoga from the start.
Her classes encompassed more than the physical from day one and I am forever grateful that I was exposed to the greater possibilities of yoga very early on. It sparked an inquiry that has continued to this day.
In 2003 I partook in the Yoga Step by Step Foundation course with Kalavathi in order to delve a little deeper into what yoga had to offer. It was at this point I began to experience the benefits of a home practice. The course culminated in a 3 week stay at the Gitananda Ashram in Pondicherry, India in Jan 2004.
It was a fantastic experience, a chance to experience yoga in an ashram setting but for me, it raised many questions around the overlay of a particular religion on the system of yoga. I struggled to separate the system of yoga from the Hindu aspects of practice that we were being exposed to at the ashram.
It peeked an interest in me to find out what was at the core of the system of yoga – and it set me on a course to find a teacher that could explain this for me.
2003 – 2008 were a busy time. I spent a number of years travelling with work (I had a full-time career in IT), meeting my husband and having 2 children. I maintained a practice, attended local classes, workshops and the occasional yoga retreat and then in 2009 I had the opportunity to take voluntary redundancy. I wanted the opportunity to stay at home with my young children rather than return to a busy full-time job.
At this time, I had started practicing ‘hot yoga’. I had found it very beneficial in helping my recovery from a frozen shoulder and thought others might benefit too. I had been observing the work being undertaken in hot yoga studios in London and Bristol and noticed that they were very good at drawing in people to try yoga that would otherwise not have tried it.
Hot yoga was drawing a new crowd to try yoga and I loved the passion these studios had and the message they had to share. I began thinking about introducing Hot Yoga to Cardiff.
In 2009 I undertook the Yogahaven Hot Yoga teacher training with Allie Hill and Toni Roberts. Their enthusiasm and passion was contagious. On returning, I started up ‘Yogafever’, launching hot yoga classes in Cardiff.
This turned into a 7year journey opening 2 hot yoga studios, running community based classes, classes in offices, schools, church halls and teaching people from all walks of life from professional athletes to teachers, builders, lawyers, body workers, dancers and everything in between.
During this time, my own practice began changing and my inquiry was taking a different path. It was whilst managing Yogafever in 2012 that I met Paul Harvey.
It is said that when the student is ready, the teacher will appear – and this certainly feels true for me when I think about meeting Paul. I first attended a weekend workshop with Paul at his yoga studio, Yoganjali in Bristol, in 2012 after a friend recommended his courses.
I immediately connected with his teaching. At the time, I was running a yoga studio in Cardiff and searching for a depth of training and a deeper connection to my own practice that I felt I was missing. Paul’s experience and wealth of knowledge was clear.
Through his encouragement I embarked on the 1yr Foundation Course in 2012 to qualify for his extensive 3yr Yoga Practitioner Study, Training and Yoga Therapy Training Programme which I completed in Jan 2016. The course reflects the teachings of Paul’s own teacher, T. K. V. Desikachar, son of the eminent T Krishnamacharya.
You can find out more about Paul via his website here.
Paul’s teaching focuses on an approach known as the ‘viniyoga of Yoga’ which means the adaption of Yoga for the individual. This approach underpins all of his teaching. The formal teacher programme encompassed the many tools Yoga has to offer including the use of Asana (physical postures), Pranayama (breathing techniques) and the path to Meditation.
We spent many hours in the study of the Yoga Sutra and Yoga related texts such as The Upanisads, The Bhagavad Gita and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika in order to gain a broad understanding of Yoga psychology, philosophy and the possibilities for the application of Yoga into therapeutic situations.
Since 2012 I have also undertaken over 50 contact hours with Paul on a 1-to-1 basis for the development of my personal practice. I continue to work with Paul on his continuous training weekends and on a 1-to-1 basis for my personal practice. Paul also provides a supervisory role for my 1-to-1 teaching so that I have support whilst developing in this area.
Since completing the training with Paul I have also found a connection with The Minded Institute, a UK based organisation run by Heather Mason centred on introducing Yoga into clinical environments for use by Therapists, Counsellors, and medical staff. In particular I attended a 5-day course in May 2016 in ‘Yoga for Recovery’ with Shaura Hall aimed at introducing an 8 week programme of Yoga into Recovery environments.
Two further areas of interest are in the work of Bessel-Van-Der-Kolk, author of ‘The Body Keeps the Score’ and David Emerson, author of ‘Trauma Sensitive Yoga’. I believe the body holds onto trauma and have a particular interest in research in this field. I am currently working with a Cardiff-based Family Psychotherapist, Ariana Faris to develop programmes for dealing with complex trauma through the mind-body connection.
In the summer of 2016 I decided it was time to move on from Yogafever and running a busy yoga studio in order to focus on a greater depth of teaching via 1-to-1’s, small group workshops and in my local term-based classes in Tongwynlais and Taffs Well.
In November 2016 I closed the Yogafever Studio to focus on opening the Little Yoga Hut, my home studio. The Little Yoga Hut is a place to share my knowledge of yoga in an intimate setting for those that have their own inquiry. It is a meeting place for those on their own journey, a meeting place in the road.
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This is a chance to meet and discuss your goals before making any commitment to work together. We’ll discuss ways you might be able to establish a home practice and you’ll be asked to do some very simple movements to help me understand your typical range of movement. We’ll discuss options for booking sessions and you will be given time to go away and confirm whether you wish to book.Book