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Hi Everyone, My name is Cathie and I'm a certified Prana Flow yoga teacher. Prana Flow is a style of yoga created by Shiva Rea. Since I was interested in this style of yoga, I embarked upon a local 5 month long Prana Flow yoga teacher training program with Maria Garre, one of Shiva Rea's top teacher trainers, in Januray 2012. Maria Garre is also very knowledgable about Ayurveda and Indian culture, and works with Dr. Vasant Lad at the Ayurvedic Insitute in Albuquerque, as well as traveling frequently to India, all of which made her a fascinating and enriching teacher. During our training we also attended a yoga retreat in Crested Butte where we had the opportunity to take classes from Shiva Rea as well as other talented Prana Flow yoga teachers. I graduated as a Certified Prana Flow yoga teacher June 1, 2012, and have been teaching yoga in Rio Rancho ever since.
I really enjoy this style of yoga and am amazed at the transformative power of regular yoga practice In my life. I feel blessed to have studied with such wise and talented teachers, and continue to take courses with Shiva Rea, who along with Maria Garre, has been the predominant influence on me as a student and teacher of yoga.
In 2009, I took the Art of Living Basic Course, and learned the Sudarshan Kriya, an advanced pranayama practice that is taught all over the world to beginners, and was designed by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who one time was a meditation teacher for Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. We also had Pranayama training as part of our Prana Flow yoga teacher training with Maria Garre, and in subsequent programming by Shiva Rea. In fact, I have been a student of Pranayama since college, having learned some basic breathing and relaxation techniques at that time.
I'm also a student of life with an enduring interest in Wisdom and esoteric traditions. I have about 23 books by Indian writers such as Satyananda, on a variety of subjects, such as pranayama, and various aspects of meditation and sacred writings, and have read, as well, a variety of writings by authors from various fields of endeavor, traditions and topics. I also have exposed myself to a vast array of personal opinion, which so many on the path of life have been so willing to share so freely, in blogs, articles, on web pages and in yahoogroups, where I hosted two 1500+ member discussion groups at one time. All of these have enriched me in some way or another.