Although Yoga has been around for thousands of years, it is currently more than ever sought out for its purposes of health, fitness, beauty, and spirituality. We’ve all heard about the many “trends” out there that will guarantee a happier and skinnier self, but can yoga really do the magic? Maggie Gori had a chance to interview Cat Haayen, who has been pioneering YOGathletA, a method of teaching that has proven to be as holistic as it is strengthening.
What is YOGathletA, though? How does it help to benefit your mind and soul, besides your physique? Here's our short interview with Cat Haayen.
Cat and her yoga style
Fifteen years ago, Cat found herself severely injured while training for the Iron Man competition, a triathlon race consisting of swimming, bicycle ride, and marathon organized by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC). Because of the injury, she realized that she is more than just a 'body' and began practicing yoga soon after. Her experience due to the injury helped her to shape the method that she later called as YOGathletA.
Cat Haayen in action
Awaken your inner athlete
What sets YOGathletaA apart from other methods is the combination of some yoga methodologies of Hatha, Iangar, and Ashtanga, infused with drills in order to maintain proper alignment. For Cat, it is important that she provides her students a path into their own mind that “makes their soul sweat". This method is, indeed, intended to train body and mind to be mutually flexible, strong, and mobile, as Cat now realizes that it is more than just a strong body to enhance one's performance.
Not perfecting yoga, but simply practicing it
YOGathletA uses the tagline “Awaken your inner athlete” that might initially off-putting and intimidating to hear. However, Cat reassured us that it certainly is possible to grow into an avid follower. She was certain that as long as one keeps an open mind, take him or herself lightly, and remember that it is not about perfecting yoga, but simply practicing yoga, that one will too become a YOGathletA.
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