Cathy Madeo has three words for you:
MAKE. IT. HAPPEN.
We sat down with Cathy, one of the most dedicated, dynamic, and get-it-done yogis we’ve ever met, to talk about her life, work, passion, and intentions. We have no doubt you’ll love this (super)woman!
Introduce yourself! Who are you?
Hi NJYC! I’m Cathy Madeo. I’m a practicing yogi for over two decades, a yoga teacher for 14 years, a wife, a mother, a yoga studio owner and entrepreneur.
What is one thing no one really knows about you?
I was an actress in LA for ten years and because of that didn’t graduate college until well into my 30s.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
I remember one of my teachers at Columbia University leaving me with a simple mantra when I graduated: make it happen. It’s stuck with me and motivates me to take action every day.
Do you remember a specific time you overcame adversity?
I was born with spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal and then herniated all the disks in my low spine after going through back labor with my first daughter 10 years ago. Dealing with chronic back pain while maintaining a yoga practice and active lifestyle has not been easy, but it has taught me how to listen to my body, balance my practice and be a more compassionate yoga teacher.
What motivates you most?
I’m super motivated by our ability to be better. Whether it’s with a yoga pose, teaching yoga, or my relationship with my kids and husband, I’m motivated to be better than I was the day before. My students also motivate me to keep learning and growing so I can share more with them, it’s a feedback loop that keeps us all happy.
What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
I meditate. I practice yoga every day and condition my body with my Activate Your Core work and inversion practice. I stay up-to-date with yoga’s growth by watching yoga videos, going to workshops or reading articles online. I read books and listen to podcasts on spirituality, yoga and wellness topics.
Cathy Madeo is an E-RYT 500, YACEP certified yoga instructor. A practicing yogi since 1995, she began her teaching career in Los Angeles in 2004. Cathy is a teacher’s teacher, sharing her passion and deep knowledge of yoga with student yogis and yoga teachers alike. She empowers students on their journey of transformation, changing “I cant’s” into “I can’s” with her precise alignment cues and skill at making challenging postures accessible to students of all levels. Cathy spends her time outside of teaching regular yoga classes leading workshops specializing in core work, arm balances, and inversions. She leads 200 RYT teacher trainings and continuing-ed courses at Honor Yoga Princeton.
Cathy Madeo is the co-owner of Honor Yoga Princeton and co-founder of Honor Yoga Now. Cathy has an active YouTube channel and Instagram account. She is an Infinity Strap teacher and ambassador for Half Moon Yoga, MyMantra Style, and Fre` Skincare. She holds a BA, magna cum laude, from Columbia University and a MA in socio-cultural anthropology from the University of Virginia. Come take class with her at Honor Yoga Princeton and on Honor Yoga Now and follow her @cathymadeoyoga
Come take class with Cathy too!
Next 200 Hour RYT Teacher Training at Honor Yoga Princeton starts January 2019
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Summer Eco & Adventure Retreat at Orenda, an Honor Yoga Retreat Center. August 23-26
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