Catherine Murcek

yoga therapist, Dance Artist, and Advocate in New York

Catherine Murcek

yoga therapist, Dance Artist, and Advocate in New York

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I am a New York City-based certified yoga therapist and dance artist with over a decade of experience specifically in therapeutic yoga with an emphasis on yoga for back care and Scoliosis. I first connected with yoga in Boston after receiving my B.A. in Intl. Economics from Franklin College (now University) of Switzerland. What began as a mode to supplement my training in modern dance quickly became a vital tool for maintaining tranquility and balance in my life. I completed my 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training from Yogaworks with Natasha Rizopoulos in 2009, and later my 300-hr with Alison West of Yoga Union. In addition, I have studied Yoga for Backcare and Scoliosis under Alison West, Elise Browning Miller and Deborah Wolk, as well as Alexander technique for Yoga Teachers with Witold Fitz-Simon. I am certified in Yoga Tune Up (R) and have completed a year long study in anatomy and kinesiology with Irene Dowd. These trainings in addition to my somatic experience from dance have infused my teaching with an appreciation for alignment within fluidity and a passion for the therapeutic potential of yoga. I have also assisted Dr. Loren Fishman–author of several books on the medical applications of Yoga–and practiced yoga therapy at his office in Manhattan. I teach private lessons and workshops in the New York and Boston areas, and lead retreats in the US and internationally.

Weekly online class schedule (EST):

Mon 10-11:15am Yoga for Back Care @ www.samamkayabackcare.com

Wed 12:30-1:30 Scoliosis Basics @ www.samamkayabackcare.com

Fri 9:00-10:15am Myofascial release & Alignment (message me for details!)

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In dance, I am passionate about work that is interactive and/or site-specific. I love physical theatre and improvisational work because of the ways they allow me to engage and connect with the audience. I have had the pleasure to work with a wide variety of choreographers and companies, including Stephen Koplowitz, Sarah Rudner, The And So No Sin Performance Troupe, Falling Flight Project, Contrapose Dance, Lorraine Chapman The Company, The Umbrella Company, and most recently, Chocolate Dances, and the Lovelies among others.

Finally, as a worker-owner of Samamkaya Yoga I have become a passionate advocate for workplace democracy as a tool for social and economic justice, and am an elected member of the Advocacy Council of the NYC Network of Worker Cooperatives since 2018.