My name is Katharina Bleinis.
I teach Yoga, Movement, and Mindfulness as a practice of embodied living in Vancouver, British Columbia. My practices are spiritually grounded thought-provoking, and an invitation to Dig Deeper through all the layers of the physical and emotional body. You can check out my classes here. My decades of experience across lineages, teachers, and lived experiences across time zones, cultures, and populations have led me to discover the transformative tools that guide my teachings.
I am an experienced ERYT500 yoga teacher and certified trauma-informed facilitator with over 3000+ hours spread across teaching, facilitating workshops, and retreats across Asia (Hong Kong, Phillippines, and Bali) and North America. I teach Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa, Pranayama, and Meditation. I am currently in the progress of becoming a trained MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) facilitator through the Centre of Mindfulness Studies.
My roots in yoga stem from Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga but have been blessed and finessed by the feminine powers of Tara Judelle (Embodied Flow) and Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen (Body-Mind Centering ®) who have broadened my landscape of somatic movement. My Mindfulness Meditation practice has evolved through years of travel and study to the Eastern World (India, Nepal, and Burma) where I have delved into the experiential learnings of Burmese Theravada Vipassana and Non-Dual Tantrik Studies with Christopher Wallis.
I welcome an experience that interacts between the layers of our emotional landscape and human experiences.
I believe that our body is a container of our past experiences which is shaped by everything that we have ever felt, thought and lived.
Through movement-awareness and somatic mindfulness, I welcome a process that invites one to drop into the most authentic version of who we are. I invite you to journey with me to a place where grit meets Grace.
UPCOMING RETREATS & TRAININGS
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“Kat, my heart is full of gratitude for you. You have been my gateway to learning the truest and deepest meaning of yoga. Nothing has changed, and yet everything has changed since I completed two of your silent retreats in the summer of 2020, and your Science of Prana Vayus immersion programme. I’m so impressed by your knowledge of yogic history and philosophy; your commitment to your own growth as a teacher; and your empathetic, attentive, and grounded teaching style. I look forward to staying engaged in your beautiful community. Infinite possibilities await…”
– Ulanda Blair
“Katharina teaches with calm, clarity, maturity and insight. Through spoken instructions and visualizations she opens up for a deeper understanding of asana, pranayama and meditation. Practicing with Katharina I have been given the tools needed to build the foundations of a strong, personal practice.”
– Emma Fordham
“I’ve always enjoyed Kat’s classes for the balance between active movement for the body and connecting with oneself. It’s clear that she is guided in her teaching through her own spiritual practices which comes across in her genuine commitment and encouragement to helping her students find balance in their own yoga practice. Kat has definitely played a big role as a teacher in strengthening my own yoga journey and her classes and presence is truly a joy to have around!”
– Cherrie Chung
“I first began classes with Katharina on improve my inversions – she was of course brilliant at it, and quickly got me on my first headstand on my first day. However, what truly impressed me was her work in Tantric Hatha classes and breath work classes – apart from leading us into the correct alignment for yoga asanas, she could also hold the space in a way that allowed for profound introspection.
If you ever get to go to a retreat organised by Katharina, grab that chance, they are not to be missed. I was lucky enough to join her in one that she organised on Lantau Island in Hong Kong. Kat has a talent for seeking out hidden, healing gems where you can find serenity, calm and rest in the middle of chaos. The retreat I went to clarified my intentions and changed the course of my life – I hope you get to experience the same.”
“Katharina is an amazing teacher! She is rigorous but always generous and supportive. Her teaching balances precision with an openness towards exploration. I always came out of her classes feeling stronger, clearer and more aware of what my body could do and what it needed.”