Katey Hawes, MS, PT, C-IAYT, E-RYT500
After many years of practicing as a Physical Therapist, Katey had the fortune of experiencing a dance injury that limited her mobility for an extended period and led her to discover yoga. Though she began practicing yoga primarily as a physical outlet, she quickly learned the profound effects on emotional well-being, mental focus, and overall happiness that yoga can offer. As Katey began incorporating yoga into her daily life, it became apparent to her that the next step for her would be to become a Yoga Teacher, and that’s when her entire professional perspective began to shift. As she began to experiment integrating different yogic techniques with her Physical Therapy patients, she realized that there was much, much more to learn and to offer to her patients. She also realized that if she hoped to integrate Yoga and Therapy into her professional life in a meaningful way that she would have to take a giant leap. Midway through her Yoga Teacher Training Katey began her Yoga Therapy training, and in less than a year opened the doors at Posabilities offering Physical Therapy, Yoga, Yoga Therapy, and Thai Yoga Massage.
EDUCATION and TRAINING
Katey has a Masters of Science, Physical Therapy from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA and a Bachelors of Science, Physical Education / Sports Management from the State University of New York at Cortland College, Cortland, NY. Katey has been practicing as a physical therapist for the past 20+ years. She received her 200 hour Yoga Teacher certification from the Shala Institute of Yoga in Bridgton, ME and her Advanced Teacher of Therapeutic Yoga Certification from Integrative Yoga Therapy. She is an Experienced 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT500), and a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) through the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Katey has received her Level I & II Thai Yoga Bodywork Certification from Shivashakti School of Yoga & Healing Arts, and intermediate Thai Yoga Bodywork Certification from The Thai Institute of Healing Arts.
As a Physical Therapist of 20+ years, Katey has an aptitude for listening to her clients, working with each client to understand their unique challenges, and supporting them in healing. To support this healing Katey uses hands-on manual techniques, well thought out home programs and exercises that become each patient’s toolbox for self-care, and education that gives patients the skills to continue to heal themselves between sessions and beyond.
As a Yoga Therapist Katey recognizes that there are many paths to healing and the benefits of addressing all levels of the individual. During Yoga Therapy sessions Katey guides clients in observing not only the sensations of the physical body, but also the energy of the breath, and patterns of the thoughts and emotions that may be influencing the challenges that they may be presenting. Based on clients observations that unfold Katey offers Yogic techniques to promote balance, healing, and an increased sense of ease in mind, body, and spirit.
As a Yoga teacher Katey teaches a spectrum of Yoga classes from mindfulness, Yin, and therapeutic yoga to vigorous flow yoga. In every class, Katey strives to provide an environment where all students feel supported. Katey uses her in-depth knowledge of the physical body to observe student’s individual needs and keep them safe while finding a balance between offering instruction, and allowing students to feel and explore the postures on their own. As a result of this guidance and support, Katey’s intention is to enable students the opportunity to experience the many benefits of yoga at all levels of their being. Katey is the founder and lead teacher of Tula Institute of Yoga and is a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP).