Catia Leite

Senior Yoga Teacher and Co-Founder of SPACE Yoga Studio

After studying dance throughout her youth, Catia decided she required a more profound life experience, so put her dream aside and began working and traveling as often as she could.

In 2003 her yoga journey into self-inquiry took its first steps and has since been a healing experience which has deeply changed her views on life. Catia's quest has led her to explore many styles of yoga: Sivananda, Vinyasa flow, Ashtanga, Jivamukti, Yin.  She has drawn inspiration from and remains grateful to all her teachers: Guruji Sri K Pattabhi Jois, David Life and Sharon Gannon, David Swenson, Matt Corigliano, Kino, Anne-Marie Newland, and Stewart Gilchrist, who she assisted during Teacher Trainings, and is still her teacher and main inspiration.

Catia has been teaching yoga for over 10 years and has had the privilege to teach in some of the top yoga studios in London, teaching amazing people from all walks of life.  She is a freelance yogini that loves to travel and share her knowledge while learning from her students and other teachers.  Catia's authentic soul is inspiring; she shares much passion, compassion, and love in all her classes, where age, background or religion is no barrier.  She offers regular community classes, creating a safe space and giving a chance to those less fortunate or unsure of their path to come in and let go through the practice of yoga.  Over the years she has also helped organise and run fundraising events, including Yoga Gives Back.

Catia's classes incorporate the essence of yoga philosophy, and how to apply the wisdom of yoga into daily life, on and off the mat.  Her sequences are fluid, creative vinyasa flows; a moving meditation with an emphasis on breath.  She is particularly inspired by the Ashtanga practice, and imaginatively weaves her own variations into classes.  Meanwhile, Catia is also adept at teaching Yin yoga, the Chakras, and leading meditations.

Catia's passion for teaching and traveling has seen her lead yoga workshops and retreats in New Zealand, Bali, India, Portugal, to name a few.  She feels that whatever she gives out to the world is magnified and returned, and so teaches with warmth and sincerity!  It has also been said that her smile is 'a breath of fresh air'.

In 2017, Catia moved with her partner John from London to Brighton, where they co-founded SPACE Yoga Studio.  She currently teaches there most days, running regular workshops, and is preparing to lead her first Teacher Training Course in September 2019 at SPACE.