Catiebelle approaches the practice of yoga the same way she approaches life; with awe, compassion, and full of joy. Originally from a small farm in Pennsylvania, she grew up catching salamanders, being chased by chickens, and developing a love and respect for all of nature’s living things. These days she spends most of her time singing along with her harmonium and plotting ways to change the world from her favorite table at the local coffeeshop.
In 2016, during a 10-day silent Vipassana retreat with teacher Anthony Markwell in Koh Phangan Thailand, Catiebelle discovered her love for yoga as a form of meditation through movement. From there, she began a daily yoga practice, studying in Portland Oregon with Michele Loew at The Yoga Space (200hr), and with Sarah Robinette at The People’s Yoga (100hr). In 2018 Catiebelle travelled to India for a 10-week advanced studies immersion program at Vinyasa Yoga School (500hr), along the banks of the Ganges and the foothills of the Himalayas in the sacred city of Rishikesh. This winter she spent 6 weeks in India studying Kirtan & Bhakti Yoga (100hr) under Raghunath Cappo & Madhuri Pura Das. Her teaching has also been greatly influenced by the Sutra teachings of Bhavani Maki, the Gita teachings of Ram Dass, the Subtle Body teachings of Tias Little, the Restorative teachings of Judith Hanson Lasater, and the heartfelt Mantra of Krishna Das.
Catiebelle’s teaching style is welcoming, disciplined, and sprinkled with a sense of play. Each of her classes are devotional practices to the highest self, centered around alignment-based asana, pranayama, and reconnection through Bhakti. Through a flowing style of yoga which links breath with movement, Catiebelle unites concepts in a practical way to help you better understand the anatomy of your physical, mental, and emotional body. Her classes are tailored to fit each individual student’s needs and focus on cultivating strength, flexibility, and heightened present moment awareness. Catiebelle's favorite classes to teach are Slow Flow Kirtan, Vinyasa Level 2, Candlelit Restorative, and guided Metta (Loving-Kindness) Meditation. In her free time she enjoys Acro Yoga in the park & SUP Yoga on the nearest river or lake.
Beyond the world of yoga, Catiebelle has a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design and Illustration, a Master’s Degree in Art Direction for Advertising, and a decade of experience working with locally owned businesses, as well as national brands such as Crayola, Kashi, Procter & Gamble, and Kellogg’s. She spent 3 years as a University Professor at the Art Institute of Portland instructing 11-week courses including Art Direction, Publication Design, Illustration, Collateral Advertising, Rapid Visualization, & Corporate Identity. Catie has also been a commissioned mural painter and portrait artist.
Catiebelle enjoys working with small, fearlessly creative teams who lead with their hearts and are passionate about making the world a better place. She currently offers her freelance services to local businesses as a branding and design consultant.