Martha Catz, M.S., C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, YACEP – Owner/Director
Martha has practiced yoga for over 25 years with nearly 20 as teaching experience since completing her 240-hour training in 2003. Martha continued after her 200 hour training to receive her 1100 hour yoga therapy training, a Masters in Health Psychology, and training as an Integrative Health coach from Duke Integrative Medicine. She approaches teaching yoga as a method for health and wellness rather than solely a physical exercise; to develop skills within each practitioner to improve the quality of life; and promote self-empowerment to improve physical, emotional and psychological health.
Additional certifications and education:
- Master’s in Health Psychology
- Yoga Therapy 1100-hours C-IAYT
- Integrative health Coach, Duke Integrative Medicine
- Mindful Awareness Meditation, Duke Integrative Medicine
- Therapeutic Senior Yoga with Carol Krucoff and Kimberly Carson
Martha has been teaching yoga to the US Military for over 5 years. She teaches at Ft. Bragg and Seymour Johnson AFB. Her on base classes are for Active Duty/Veterans/and Family Members.
When not teaching and studying, Martha enjoys being with her rescue horse, dog family, and her human family. She is also an avid Jiu Jitsu practitioner (currently a 1 stripe Blue Belt). Her favorite place to visit is Italy, and always on the look out for good food and beautiful places in the mountains to visit.
Individual yoga instructors with whom Martha has trained in Yoga: Sean Corn, Amy Ippoliti, Tias Little, Cora Wren, JJ Gormley-Etchells; Carol Krucoff; & Kimberly Carson, MPH, E-RYT; Gary Kraftsow.
Individuals with whom Martha has trained in Mindful Awareness Meditation and Coaching: Julie Kosey, MS, RYT; Sasha Loring, M.Ed, LCSW; and Jeffrey Brantley, MD.
People who have inspired me: Jon Kabot-Zinn, Ph.D.; JJ Gormley-Etchells, MA, C-IATY,E-RYT; Gary Kraftsow; Martha W. Bartlett (mother); and N.Daniel Catz (husband) and 2 fabulous daughters who believe in my potential.
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Cora-Ann’s background is in Exercise Science, with over 10 years’ experience as a trainer and fitness instructor. Her interest in Yoga started slowly and built over time as Yoga became a tool for her to de-stress, for self-study, and for personal growth. She received her 200-hour certificate from Blue Lotus in Raleigh, NC in 2019. In addition to her Yoga training, Cora-Ann has a Master’s degree in Exercise Science, is a certified Personal Trainer, Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach, Girls Gone Strong Women’s Coaching Specialist, and works full-time in recreation, fitness and well-being. As a teacher, Cora-Ann is passionate about encouraging others to find their inner strength and inner peace, by listening to the inner dialogue of body and breath and finding a balance between movement and stillness. She believes yoga and health is for everyone and seeks to make everyone feel included and capable in their practice.
I have been practicing Yoga since 2017 but its been within the last two years, once I my Yoga teacher training, that I’ve gained a much deeper love and respect for Yoga and what it has to offer. For me, Yoga is so much more than a fitness regime, it is a way of life and I do my best to live my Yoga off my mat as well as on. I believe in respecting others, living truthfully, and striving for a holistically healthy lifestyle. I received my 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher certificate through The Yoga Connection and My 300 Hour through Surya Chandra Healing Yoga School. Although my classes tend to be more on the gentle side with a focus on connecting breath and movement, mind and body, I am also an avid CrossFitter and have my CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate. So I love bringing some subtle strength components into my classes. I know how empowering it can be to feel strong physically as well as mentally. I love that Yoga can help with both and I wish to share these aspects with all who are willing!