Katrina Petney, E-RYT 500
Throughout her life Katrina Petney has been fascinated by the human body and mind. A combination of science, philosophy, yoga, and meditation guide and inspire her professional and personal life.
Originally from New Mexico, Katrina began practicing Hatha yoga in 2004 while studying biochemistry at Texas Tech University. She developed a passion for Vinyasa Flow yoga at Black Dog Yoga in Los Angeles in 2007 while she was simultaneously getting her Master of Arts in Education at Loyola Marymount University and teaching high school biology and chemistry.
While in Los Angeles a sequence of challenging events in her life made her realize that understanding the body from a scientific perspective alone was not enough to help her manage the ensuing stress, anxiety, and depression. As a result, she started exploring mindfulness and yoga in a deeper way. Having experienced the life-changing benefits of these practices, Katrina wanted to share the practices with others, so she obtained her 200-hour yoga teaching certificate in Vinyasa Flow through Vidya Jacqueline Heisel’s Frog Lotus Yoga in 2008. Her yoga teacher training with Vidya was the pivot point in her life that gave her the tools and clarity to honor her inner voice.
Six months after the training, Katrina moved to Buenos Aires, initially simply to learn Spanish through immersion and to dance the Tango for the love of dance. What was planned as a three-month adventure turned into three years of personal and professional growth in Argentina. She embedded herself in the culture, opening and managing a Vinyasa Flow yoga studio in Buenos Aires. In 2011 after three years of teaching there, she moved to Europe and began to teach private and group yoga classes in Monaco. In 2013 Katrina also taught yoga anatomy with Vidya at Suryalila Retreat Centre.
Starting in 2016 she travelled through Thailand, Bali, and India for a year and a half, studying and teaching yoga and meditation practices. She learned more about yoga, meditation, and pranayama in India as a student of the highly respected teachers, Surinder in Rishikesh and Sudhir Rishi in Goa. She completed her 300-hour certificate for Advanced Teacher Training through Sampoorna Yoga in Goa. And she learned more than she could have ever imagined about the body, mind, and nature of reality in 10-day Vipassana Meditations in Thailand in 2016 and in France in 2018.
Now back in Europe, Katrina is honored and inspired to be teaching anatomy again with Vidya in her beautiful center with aspiring yoga teachers —12 years after her first training with her in 2008 and seven years after first teaching anatomy with her in 2013. Katrina’s background in biochemistry, biology, education, and yoga, along with her interest in mindfulness, neuroplasticity, and the mind-body connection, serve as the foundation for her teaching. In addition to teaching yoga anatomy with Frog Lotus Yoga, Katrina is currently studying to become a certified yoga therapist and is developing an app related to yoga, meditation, and mindfulness.