Practitioners / Teachers » Kathy Patchett
Kathy first began practicing yoga and attending Buddhist meditation in 2005 whilst living in Australia. She then expanded her knowledge of yoga through a Foundation course with the British Wheel of Yoga in 2011, during her training to become an Occupational Therapist. This experience led her to firmly believe that the practice of yoga could prove an essential preventative measure to allow patients in the health-care system to overcome daily challenges. This was a driving force behind her decision to conduct research into whether Mindfulness could be an intervention for people living with early onset Dementia as part of her dissertation. Her passion for yoga continued to grow, and subsequently she completed a 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher training course with Yoga London in 2014.
Kathy worked for the Assertive Outreach Team in York in the field of community mental health whilst also teaching at York Yoga Studio, York St John University and MIND, as well as leading private classes. In 2015, she enrolled on a Yoga Therapy Teacher Training course with Heather Mason at The Minded Institute, specialising in yoga for mental wellbeing. During that time Kathy taught staff at the Early Intervention Team a variety of yoga and grounding techniques which can be used to support clients, and has also taught private sessions, specialising with people living with schizophrenia and delivered anxiety workshops. In February 2018 she completed the 550-hour Yoga Alliance Yoga Therapy teacher training course and continues to deliver individualised yoga therapy sessions, both privately and in collaboration with the social prescribing scheme (ways to wellbeing) in addition to teaching an 8-week programme for stress, anxiety and depression.
"Kathy put me at ease straight away. She is lovely, kind and passionate about her work. She eases you in gently and if there's a pose that you struggle with she always gives an easier alternative so that everyone in the class can join in. What I really love is how Kathy incorporates mindfulness and relaxation into the class and always explains why we do the things that we do in class. I come out of class feeling so relaxed and recharged and looking forward to the next one".