About Cat

What do The Three Stooges, four-leaf clover hunting, and wine tasting all have in common? Yoga, according to Cat McCarthy. Whether telling a story on the silver screen or at the beginning of class, Cat sees yoga everywhere. She makes connections between everyday details and the big picture, weaving it all into a fun, poignant narrative on the mat. Her instruction is rooted in dynamic alignment, playful awareness, and soulful self-expression. Her innovative guidance is applicable to both one’s inner terrain and to the outer world.

An Emmy-nominated filmmaker and Fulbright Scholar, Cat McCarthy is an avid traveler and balances her time between New York City and her global yoga gigs. Practicing since 1993 and teaching since 2002, she holds certifications in Kripalu Yoga (2002), Anusara Yoga (2004), and the Barnes Method Prenatal Yoga For Two™ (2008).  She facilitates NVC (Non-Violent Communication) conflict-transformation courses and leads workshops on "The Yoga of Conscious Communication: Transforming Conflict into Connection."   When not traveling to teach yoga, Cat directs/produces non-fiction TV and film projects.

Salmonella food poisoning was the impetus that committed Cat to a yogic path. While in graduate film school at NYU, Cat burned the candle at all ends, as a graduate assistant, in school full-time making films, and working professionally in production. To rebuild her empty reserve tanks, she turned to yoga. Her practice not only built back her stamina, but it helped keep her calm and grounded amidst chaotic film shoots. From the nurturing realm of the Kripalu Center in MA to the plethora of yoga studios available around NYC, Cat found her first yoga home at Om Yoga. There, she took classes with Amy Ippoliti and Elena Brower, her earliest teachers. As Amy and Elena segued from Vinyasa to Anusara Yoga, so did she.

Relieving herself of chronic wrist pain is how Cat chose an alignment-based and therapeutic style of yoga. She completed her first 200-RYT teaching certification in Kripalu Yoga in 2002, followed by her 2003 Anusara Yoga teacher training with Amy Ippoliti. She received her Anusara Affiliated status in 2004 and earned her Anusara® Yoga certification in January of 2008. She is the founder of NOLA YOGA, a 200-hour registered yoga school with the Yoga Alliance, offering teacher trainings, immersions, and mentorships to help weave together the Gulf Coast and southern yoga communities.

After decade of dedication along the Anusara path, in February of 2012, Cat resigned her license with Anusara, Inc, on a quest to further expand her own trail.  Her training in NVC (Non-Violent Communication) has helped bridge her conflict transformation skills to her yoga practice, both on and off the mat.  Cat's latest passion is combining her love of asana with NVC as well as Embodied Anatomy/BMC studies at The Breathing Project to help empower yogins to understand their habits, translate judgments, and to repattern physically, mentally, and emotionally.  Inspired daily by her students, and over the years by fellow teachers Amy Ippoliti, Elena Brower, Desiree Rumbaugh, Anusara Founder John Friend, Amy Mathews, Thom Bond, Drs. Douglas Brooks and Paul Muller-Ortega, she is happy to share her process of applying the yoga effectively, both on and off of the mat. 

Cat has a reputation as a wonderfully funny storyteller, a remarkably precise yoga educator and, above all, a dedicated and passionate student.  She practices hands-on animal therapy, enjoys biking outdoors, and harmonizes with fellow singers in studios and on stage. Her voice can be heard on albums "Invocation" and Krishna Das’ "All One." With street names like "Bobo the Monkey Girl" and "Sister Silver Hair Surprise," Cat keeps it real and makes learning entertaining and empowering. Her motto is "enjoy the ride!"