Biography



Catherine Guest has been teaching inter-disciplinary yoga on the South Shore of Nova Scotia since 2003. Her yoga journey began in 1989, just after her first son was born, and continues with joyful dedication. Her certification at the 500 hour level by Mike and Maxine Munro, Therapeutic Approach Yoga Studio, Halifax, was completed in 2005. Catherine's focus is in the Ashtanga tradition in the lineage of Sri Pattabhi Jois, an eight-limbed practice guided by the teachings of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.


In the Ashtanga tradition, her studies continue with Manju Jois, Greg Tebb, Nancy Gilgoff, and Jody Manley. Catherine’s special interest in therapeutic yoga has led her to be a devoted student of Hart Lazer (and more recently, Ramanand Patel) for the past twelve years. She recently completed a 150 hour Yoga Therapeutics teacher training program with Hart (Yoga Shala, Halifax), and continues to study with him in his Montreal studio and in Halifax in the therapeutics field.


Other significant teachers include:
the Desikachar family, David Thomas, Yogendra Mishra, Tim Miller, David Swenson, Mark Darby, and Kim Downing.

With her husband, Philip Guest, she owns and operates Freewheeling Adventures, an adventure touring company which has orchestrated enthusiastic people, fascinating destinations, quality equipment, nutritious cuisine, and luxurious rest to create extraordinary active holidays for small groups and individuals since 1987.

She teaches yoga in her beautiful Sail Loft Studio in The Lodge, near Hubbards, which is perched on the edge of St. Margaret's Bay.

She also offers, in conjunction with Freewheeling, Yoga and Islands, a five day exploration of Mahone Bay and St. Margaret's Bay by seakayak and sailboat; a three day walking trip, with yoga, based at the stunning Summerville Beach Villas; and the popular Bike Skills and Yoga Workshop: these trips are all by request, and are scheduled for private groups. Catherine's special interests include chant (Sanskrit), writing, music, dance, shamanic study and native spirituality, as well as bicycling, skiing, running and kayaking. She is an avid outdoorswoman.


Boathouse Evolution

The Sail Loft Studio, The Lodge, Aspotogan Peninsula Sacred space,
hewn from rock, beside a spring, with reverence for wood
Created as boat storage,
there was, at the time, talk of building and launching a Viking longboat,
but it was given, instead, to me “for dancing”.
One day, Philip predicted that I would teach yoga there,
and over the past eleven years,
word has spread that this is a special place.
- Cathy