Catherine Dunning

Dedham, MA
United States

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I first did yoga many years ago as a teenager. Over the years, I would practice periodically enjoying the “workout”. However, several years ago I reached a new level of my yoga practice after an unusual accident brought me back to yoga. One day, I was in the dog park and was run over by a very large labradoodle! This left me with a fractured patella and two torn ligaments in my knee. At this time I was going through a lot of transition in my life, and the fact that I could not do the exercise that I normally did—including taking my dog for walks—was very hard for me both physically and mentally. After many months of not exercising, I decided to give yoga a try at the local studio—Stil Studio in Dedham, MA.

The classes were physically quite tough for me at the start, however, over time I did feel myself getting stronger and more confident about my body. The cricks in my neck that I often felt were diminishing, as were as the aches in my hips.

I was also discovering that by listening to my breath and being present with how my body felt in yoga was bringing me tremendous calm and confidence. I loved the feeling of getting stronger and moving my body in ways that I had not before. Sometimes it was challenging or uncomfortable to hold a pose, however, I soon learned that my breath could help me through, and that whatever sensation I was feeling was only temporary. Taking that knowledge off my mat and into other aspects of my life was one of the most important lessons for me.

In 2015, I decided that I wanted to share my passion for yoga with others who could benefit from it. In September, I started my 200-hour Vinyasa yoga training with the fabulous Jacqui Bonwell of Sacred Seeds Yoga School in Greater Boston. In my training I have also had the privilege of working with David Vendetti, Desiree Rumbaugh and Bill MacDonald.

My goal in teaching is to provide a class that is it inclusive and attainable, alignment-safe, and light-hearted.

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