Hi, my name is Katya Andrews and I’m the founder and owner of Yoga Tree Studio.
I’ve never been the sporty or competitive type. Instead, in my late teens, I had a calling to try yoga. I didn’t even know what it was, but something inside of me was urging me to give it a go. So eventually I did.
It was love at first sight. I did a weekly class, then two, then started practicing at home, reading books and attending workshops. In 2012 I enrolled on a foundation course with the British Wheel of Yoga. Before I even finished it I signed up for a 2 year teacher training with Simon Low and The Yoga Academy. I started teaching in my house in 2013, graduated in 2014 and opened my studio in 2015.
Since then I have done many hours of training and practiced with many inspiring teachers. Tias Little, Sarah Powers, Donna Farhi, Julie Gudmestad, Gary Carter, Mimi Kuo Deemer to name just a few. I’ve trained extensively in yin yoga and the 5 element theory. I trained at Prajna Yoga with Tias and Surya Little in Somatic Movement (SATYA) and in Yoga and the Art of healing. I've completed courses in Vinyasa Flow, Meditation and Pranayama.
Alongside yoga I have also trained in Thai Yoga Massage and many years ago in Swedish Massage. Recently my interest in movement has led me to train in Spiral Stabilization and I’ve been greatly inspired and influenced by a biomechanist Katy Bowman and did her “Move your DNA” training and “Movement on and off the mat”. I’ve also completed Yoga Detour Online course with Cecily Milne. Most recently I’ve completed 100 hr Meditation Teacher Training and 40 hr Menopause Yoga Ⓡ both at the Yoga Campus
I continue to learn from many different sources and I’m committed to my own personal development. At least once a year I go on a silent meditation retreat and on a yoga retreat. I’ve always had an interest in healthy lifestyle and diet, and the link between the mind, body and spirit. I love cooking and growing my own organic fruit and vegetables and I have a keen interest in yoga’s sister science, Ayurveda.
How I teach
Over the years I have found my own voice and I’ve developed my own style of teaching, combining many different elements. My aim is to address postural imbalances and to improve my students ability to move freely, with ease and without pain in their daily lives. I combine circular joint movements, rhythmic and dynamic movements, slow breath led sequences and longer held static postures to build a strong, flexible, stable and adaptable body. I am more interested in a sustainable practice than in fancy postures. If you are looking for an extreme yoga practice, you will not find it here.
Without a doubt, we are all living fast paced, hectic lives in a noisy, polluted world. Silence and the art of doing nothing is no longer valued. We are led to believe that we need to be productive and busy at all times. I see a great need in myself and in my students to reduce stress with practices that heal, downregulate the nervous system, reduce anxiety and turn our attention inwards. I love teaching yin and restorative yoga and somatic movement. Much slower practices that allow time to go within, reconnect with our inner intelligence, rebalance our subtle body and possibly enter a meditative state. You will always find some quiet time to reflect in my class. At least once each term I teach a class that’s purely yin.
I am passionate about helping my students to take steps to improve their physical and mental health and wellbeing through movement, breath, meditation, self awareness and self inquiry, weaving anatomy, yoga philosophy, ancient wisdom, poetry and more through my teachings. My goal is to encourage people to take something away with them, to take their practice off the mat, into their lives, to practice at home, or even in the office.