I experimented with various types of yoga throughout the years before finally stumbling into Amazing Yoga’s Shadyside studio in 2012.  I was looking for a good workout and something to compliment my running.  I quickly began noticing the physical effects yoga was having on my body and the positive impact that it was having on my running.  More importantly, for the first time in my life, I was able to quiet the chatter in my head and the constant “to-do list” (I love lists) that keeps playing over and over in my mind. After practicing for some time, I started discovering the profound effects that the practice was having on my life off the mat.  I was able to stay more present and breathe through difficult moments.  I felt happier, lighter, and less stressed.  This practice has shown me my strengths and weaknesses, my inner light, and taught me to live each day with gratitude.  It has taught me to stay grounded and to stop taking myself so seriously. I have learned that you need to find something, something that anchors you and keeps you looking forward.  

I completed my Level 1 training in sunny Tulum, Mexico in June 2015. I began teaching at AY in the winter of that same year.  I am excited to continue to grow as a teacher and will be headed to Level 2 in Costa Rica in July 2016.  I am beyond grateful and thrilled to be a part of the AY community, surrounded by like-minded people who root for you to be the best version of yourself.  They are the world’s best cheerleaders!  I feel very blessed to have such brilliant teachers like Sean and Karen to help guide my teaching path. Being a teacher has given me the opportunity to share this life-changing practice with my students allowing them to move, grow, and most importantly breathe.  

In addition, I am a reading specialist for K-8 students in the Pittsburgh area. When I’m not on my mat, I’m usually training for a marathon and running the trails in Frick Park. I live in Edgewood and can often be found frolicking around the neighborhood with the newest member of my family-my pup Ted.

teacherCatherine Gignac