About Catharine

As someone who has worked in the mental health field for many years, I have always been invested in helping others find ways to achieve mental, emotional and spiritual health and well-being.  While working as the clinical services coordinator for a youth refugee program, which often presented the challenge of finding and providing effective mental health services for children and teenagers raised in other cultures who also had limited ability to speak English, I began to explore treatment options that could be appealing to and effective for those who were unable to and/or uncomfortable with engaging in traditional talk therapy.  I also began exploring the practice of yoga for myself during this time after recognizing my own need for stress relief and self-care while working in an amazingly rewarding but also physically, mentally and emotionally draining job.  Through practicing yoga in my personal life and incorporating yoga, to include breathing exercises, guided meditations and mindfulness-based practices, into my therapeutic toolkit, I have become a firm believer in the significance of the mind-body connection and in the necessity of attending to the body as well as to the mind in order to promote overall well-being.

Since completing my yoga teacher training, I have been excited to have the opportunity to teach vinyasa flow, restorative yoga and children’s yoga classes throughout the Triangle area.  I enjoy working with both beginning and experienced students and making yoga accessible for all levels of abilities, all ages and all body types through offering modifications for poses.  It is my goal that my students not only have the opportunity to cultivate greater physical strength and flexibility through practicing yoga but that they leave class feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and with a deeper confidence in all aspects of themselves.


Success is challenging yourself to continue to grow by learning new things, exposing yourself to new ideas, new people and new experiences and stepping outside your comfort zone whenever possible regardless of the outcome.
— Catharine, Yoga Off East Instructor

Q + A

I am happiest…

when I get caught up in a moment.  Being an adult and a parent, I feel like I'm often in the mode of getting things done and moving on to the next thing, which sometimes makes it hard to stop and smell the roses.  Luckily, there are times when I get caught up reading, playing or snuggling with my kids, talking to my husband, really dropping into a yoga practice or some other enjoyable moment when time seems to stop.  Usually when the realization that I have been present in a moment dawns upon me, it makes me feel happy and peaceful. 

My favorite view…

There is one spot on the Mass Pike/I-90 as you are driving into and out of Boston where you can look out over the Charles River and see the city's skyline.  It's not the most picturesque site ever, compared to many other natural beauties, but it symbolizes home to me.  No matter how many times I drive that route, I always turn to look out at that view and feel a smile creep onto my face and my heart skip a beat.

Morning ritual…

Nowadays, it's pulling my infant son into bed with me for maybe a half hour or so to snuggle once he has started to wake up.  Not only does it buy me a little more time to snooze, but I love feeling him nestled up against me as he usually drops back off to sleep for a short time.  A very relaxing way to ease into the day :)

One activity you do everyday without fail…

Dance. We almost always have music on in the house and it's hard for me not to bust a move if a good dance song comes on.

A good day is…

one when I throw my to-do list out the window and allow time to flow organically.

Last thing you do at night…

I used to have a bad habit of falling to sleep listening to a tv show on my phone.  It's hard for me to fall asleep in total silence, so I have now replaced the tv show with listening to relaxing, instrumental music or a meditative "sleep story.”

What 3 things are vital to your day...

coffee, interaction with other humans, and my practice


Your most overused phrase…

I've recently become aware that at least one of them is, "Not right now."  Unfortunately, my toddler has appropriated that one and uses it pretty liberally when I ask her to do something, haha.

Go-to websites…

I spend a lot of time on my Google calendar.  Does that count? :D  Other than that, probably Facebook, Amazon (we order a lot online!), Wellness Mama & Yoga Journal. 

Most used emoji…

The laughing face with tears coming out of it's eyes.

How do you unwind…

I adore a good bath with bubble bath or scented salts, candles and, occasionally, a glass of wine.  I don't get to take them often these days, but when I do, I REALLY enjoy them!

What was your dream job as a child…

A supreme court justice.

Who is your greatest mentor…

I can't narrow it down to just one, so I will say my parents and my grandparents.  While all having different personalities, strengths and flaws, they all have or had several things in common that they passed down and that I value enormously: an intense love for family, faith, loyalty, an adventurous spirit, a strong work ethic, a great appreciation for education and learning and a deep and abiding concern for others that they translate(d) into action.

What one meeting changed your life…

Meeting my husband.  Our relationship is what brought me to North Carolina and is what has blossomed into the family that we have today.  He has also really challenged me to grow as a person and his support has allowed me to further my education and continue to evolve in my career in ways I had not even imagined.

Biggest risk that has paid off…

In my early 20s, I was working for my dad and struggling to figure out what I wanted to do career-wise.  I had almost always planned to be a lawyer but was starting to question whether or not this was the right path for me.  When an opportunity came for me to travel for two weeks to Honduras to do some volunteer work, as I had done several times in the past, my dad turned down my vacation request since it would exceed my allotted vacation time for the year and he did not feel it would be fair to the other employees to give me extra time off.  In a very out of character move, I decided to quit my job with my dad and go on the trip to Honduras with no job prospects awaiting me on my return.  While on that trip, however, I reconnected with a friend from high school that worked for a social services agency that was hiring.  When we returned to the states, my friend set me up with an interview at his agency, and I began working there soon after.  That was my first job in the social work field and it set me on the path to a career that has suited me extremely well.

Failure is…

never having tried.

Success is…

challenging yourself to continue to grow by learning new things, exposing yourself to new ideas, new people and new experiences and stepping outside your comfort zone whenever possible regardless of the outcome.

Best piece of advice…

My grandmother, who suffered a lot of early childhood trauma and loss, was one of the most resilient women I know, while also being quite warm-hearted and loving.  She always used to quote the Serenity Prayer, "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference."  I saw her find peace by living her life according to this credo and I aim every day to do the same.