Kathy Ward founded Mindful Yoga Academy in 2010 and is the Director of Training for the mindfulness based 200hr Mindful Hatha Yoga & MBSR Yoga Therapy Teacher Training, Mindful Yin Yoga Teacher Training, Continued Professional Development (CPD) workshops and Retreats. The school has successfully run the 200hr Teacher Training course 3 times per year since it started, with over 100 graduates based all over the world.
Kathy also co-founded Mindful Academy in 2012 with Bodhin Woodward and is the Director of Training for their 200hr Mindfulness based MBSR Meditation Teacher Training course, CPD courses and Distance Learning 8 Week MBSR Mindfulness courses. The MBSR Teacher Training courses run 6 times a year, with over 85 graduates and students on the training pathway.
Kathy has been practicing yoga for over 30 years. She took her first Yoga Therapy teacher training with the British School of Yoga in 2004 and went on to train as a Hatha Yoga Teacher and Professional Yoga Therapist with Joseph and Lilian Le Page at Integrative Yoga Therapy in 2005. She has diplomas in Clinical Hypnotherapy and NLP Coaching with CBT, Motivational Therapist and Coach.
Kathy has also attended Mindfulness MBSR Teacher training, MBCT for Cancer Teacher Training and on going development courses at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) School of Psychology, Bangor University. Admission to the programme is limited to those with extensive professional experience and a solid meditation practice. She also follows the Good Practice Guidelines for teaching Mindfulness-based courses including Supervision.
Kathy has over 30 years experience in Developing People, writing and delivering Training Packages, Workshops and Conferences, Coaching and Telephone Coaching, and an in-depth training in Mind-Body therapies specializing in Stress Related illness. She now runs Mindful Hatha Yoga and MBSR Yoga Therapy Teacher Training Courses, Mindfulness MBSR Meditation Teacher Training Courses, Mindful Yin Yoga Teacher Training Courses, and CPD events that blend the therapies and skills together. She also keeps a close eye on the latest research Mind-Body research and incorporates the latest developments.
She has been published in Female Focus, Mind Body Spirit and Golfers Link. She is dedicated to helping others on their individual journey to wellness and developing their true potential.
Kathy is a Professional Member of the following organisations, she fully abides by their codes of ethics and practices: -
*Mindful Yoga Academy is a Yoga Alliance USA 200hr Registered School ID 86485, and Yoga Alliance UK 200hr Registered School
*Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT) meeting the Yoga Alliance standards at the experienced 500 hour level - ID 24646
*Professional Yoga Therapist (PYT) supporting member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists - ID 20484
Kathy is progressively updating her skills and knowledge base to ensure she keeps up with the new developments in the complementary therapies field including Mindfulness with CMRP at Bangor University.