Catie Macken is a fitness professional, mindfulness and wellness expert, travel junkie, mystic, healer, and lover of life based in the Boston area. She has traveled all over the world training, teaching, leading retreats and sharing the practices of Yoga, AcroYoga, and mindfulness. Catie has over 1,000 hours of training and more than 4,000 hours of teaching. She is the co-founder of The Essence of Yoga School (200 hour training), Fiercely YOU, and the Intuitive Science podcast. Along with fitness, she is passionate about the healing arts. She has completed Level I Healing Breathwork (David Elliot), Reiki II attunement, and is trained in other energetic reading modalities. In Boston, you can also find her classes at Everybody Fights, YogaWorks, Coolidge Yoga, North End Yoga and speaking about mindfulness and compassionate leadership in corporate settings. She is the Chief Mindfulness Officer for Prezence, a digital wellness company. Catie is honored to be named the 2018 Boston's Best Fitness Guru by the Improper Bostonian.
Since a young age, Catie has been a lover of all forms of movement. A dancer from childhood, she found running post college, and ran her first marathon in 2012 and has since completed four marathons and one ultra. To supplement training, she found indoor cycling in 2011 and began teaching in 2013. When an injury brought her to yoga in 2010, she could not anticipate the impact this practice would have on her life. What started as a physical connection to exercise and yoga, has transformed into a mental, emotional, and spiritual journey.
Catie completed her 200 Hour yoga training in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2012. Upon completion of the program, she began teaching part time in the Twin Cities area. During the next year, her dharma began to unfold. She moved to Boston, Massachusetts in 2013 to pursue a full-time career in fitness. In five short years, she has established herself within the community teaching at various well-known studios in the area. Her classes are infused with gratitude, devotion, and laughter. Her raw authenticity, vibrant personality and accessbility instantly connect her with students and peers. She completed her 500 Hour training with Laughing Lotus NYC in February 2018. In 2018, she began studying Katonah Yoga under Abbie Galvin and Nevine Michaan.
Forever a student, she seeks out new mentors and pulls inspiration from her own personal practice. She spent much of 2016 immersing herself in the AcroYoga community. She loves the practice for building open and honest communication, trust, and strong communities. She has studied with and under some of the best teachers in the Acro community, and completed her Level I teacher training in Germany (August 2016) and Level II in Greece (September 2017).
Outside of the studio, you’ll find Catie reading with a warm cup of coffee, spending time in nature, traveling the world, laughing with friends, dabbling in mystical practices, writing, and dreaming up her next big project.