Kathryn has been practicing yoga and movement her entire life. Always interested in strength, she naturally gravitated towards arm balances, pushups and handstands in her practice. However, repetitive injuries led her to begin to explore other strength, movement, and healing practices that now form the foundation of her teaching. Her passion is to teach how to find strength in ways that are unimaginable. Her fine attention to detail and calm present energy empower students to reach new potential without being pushed to the limit. Her study of trauma and the nervous system has inspired her to look at movement on a different level, using sensitivity as a way to discover greatness.
repetitive injuries led her to begin to explore other strength, movement, and healing practices that now form the foundation of her teaching
Kathryn began teaching yoga after completing the Downward Dog Yoga Center’s teacher training program with Ron Reid and her mother Diane Bruni. At 22 she traveled to Boulder, Colorado to pursue further studies with Richard Freeman, having always been intrigued by his attention to detail and language. Kathryn became hooked on an ashtanga based ritual that she practiced for about seven years. However, after a few years of linear practice Kathryn’s body slowly began to fall apart; repetitive strain injuries turned into sacrum instability, hamstring tears, knee pain and lower back pain. It was clear that something was missing and she was ready to begin on a new path.
In 2011 she met movement teacher Ido Portal and began practicing different types of movement including gymnastics training and basic weight lifting. Scaling back on her yoga practice, she began training all the areas of her body that were lacking stability and mobility. Studying functional movement allowed her to identify the weaknesses in her body that were contributing to pain and injury. Her practice quickly evolved to include body weight training, resistance strength, active stretching, speed training, and more.
Studying functional movement allowed her to identify the weaknesses in her body that were contributing to pain and injury. Her practice quickly evolved to include body weight training, resistance strength, active stretching, speed training, and more.
Kathryn has completed many different certifications, and among her favorites is the (Poliquin) PICP Level 2 focusing on structural balance through weight training. In the spring of 2015 Kathryn won the Ontario Championships for raw powerlifting under the guidance of her strength coach Lovedeep Dhunna. She also holds a certificate in holistic nutrition from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition (Toronto), and is in her first year of study with Berns Galloway in Somatic Experiencing.
In the fall of 2015 Kathryn moved to Cornwall, Ontario to open her first studio and enjoy a slower pace of life.
In reflecting this week on how I have gotten to where I am today- I realized your course and teachings have been a big part of my motivation over this past year. As a woman that has struggled with body image and eating issues and being very rigid in my astanga practice- you helped open the door for me to explore other ways to move and feel good, strong and balanced. You helped give myself permission to make movement playful and not punitive, and to let go of the astanga practice that was not serving me anymore. And now my world of movement and fitness is so much wider than it was a year ago and I’m excited to continue learning and helping others on this path.
Cornwall yoga studio is by far the best yoga studio I have had the pleasure of going to. I just finished a course on yoga for back pain and the knowledge Kathryn has regarding the body and movement was astonishing. I’ve been using her practices to help maintain a life without back pain. I am beyond impressed. I’ve tried many different things to make the pain go away from physio to pain relievers but only after taking this class did I learn how to address the issues to stop the pain and to change the way I move to make sure it doesn’t return. I highly recommend Kathryn’s classes and workshops.
After recovering from a dislocated elbow in October 2014 I decided it was time to find a trainer who could help me rebuild my upper body strength. I had seen KBY training at the gym and had admired her social media posts and knew she was the right person for the job. Her repertoire ranges from yoga to strength training, gymnastics to power lifting. She brings it all together in a truly unique style of training and because of it I have never been stronger. I’ve been working with Kathryn for a year and a half and I learn something new every time we work together. The one on one training sessions are truly special and elevated my training to exactly where I needed it to be. I now consistently hold a handstand and do strict pull-ups; things I thought I wouldn’t be able to do given my injury. The workshops are great too, Kathryn is able to adjust and work with all students in a group no matter what their level is. I truly consider it a privilege to train with Kathryn!
Some of my very best yoga sessions were training with Kathryn. Her knowledge is endless and realizes just yoga isn’t always the best answer. There is a balance required for any practise no matter your level. Kathryn’s approach incorporates another level of practise I have never seen in this industry. If you want to level up your personal practise, reduce injuries, and push through plateaus then Kathryn is your best bet.
I often describe Kathryn as one of the strongest women I know. Training with KBY inspired me to change the way I was looking at my practice and my body. I have been in a battle with my weight my whole life. Working with her made me switch my focus from trying to be small, to trying to be strong. Combing strength work into my yoga practice makes me feel more connected, aware and compassionate towards my body and mind.
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