FARNHAM yoga teacher Cathy Richardson has been shortlisted for a national award as a result of her inspirational, encouraging and supportive approach to her clients, both through teaching yoga and in her
other professions as a confidence coach and recruitment consultant.
Cathy discovered the benefits of yoga for her own health and well-being when she was in her 40s. She went on to train as a yoga teacher and set up Diversity Yoga when she was approaching 50.
She now teaches a range of yoga classes and retreats across Surrey, Hampshire and in Italy. Diversity Yoga is only one of three businesses set up and owned by Cathy.
In 2009, after a successful career in recruitment and subsequent to twice being made redundant in one year, Cathy started her recruitment consultancy, CR Associates, in Farnborough.
She has gathered nearly 30 years’ experience in the sector, including specialising in recruitment for the automotive industry.
Through her work with job candidates she found that she had a talent for coaching, and having gathered a wealth of expertise and experience in the field, she began Soapbox, her coaching skills company.
She said: “I have been shortlisted in the diversity award for age category because I help people across such a breadth of age categories.
“Having reached 50 and continuing to grow in my professional and personal life, this nomination means so much to me as it recognises that supporting young people still in education with their communication skills is as important as helping someone in their 70s enjoy yoga for the first time and improve their wellbeing along the way, things I feel equally proud of doing in my daily life.
“Right now, I am in the best physical, mental and emotional state I have ever been. I have moved from darkness to light, conquered depression and now have a passion for sharing this love and joy to help others.”
Cathy has received praise from dozens of her clients, particularly from her yoga classes, one of which takes place at The Studio at Durham House in Farnham, for her award shortlisting.
As well as dealing with the rejection and practical challenges of being made redundant, Cathy, who is originally from South Africa, has overcome more than her fair share of adversity, which helped fuel her drive to turn her life around and help others.
“I’ve suffered a number of very serious health problems since childhood and have undergone numerous treatments and operations over the years. Divorce and work-related stress led to depression and weight gain and I had to turn my life around,” she continued
“Whether I am teaching yoga or helping someone overcome a fear of public speaking, my starting point is recognising that one size does not fit all and to absolutely respect that each person is different.”
The National Diversity Awards on September 8 is an annual celebration of the contribution of individuals, groups and charities in promoting diversity regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, sexuality, disability or background.
SOURCE: Alton Herald, http://www.altonherald.com/article.cfm?id=122628&headline=Inspirational%20yoga%20teacher%20shortlisted%20for%20top%20award§ionIs=news&searchyear=2017