The Journey from Condé to Sangyé

From the fashion floors of Condé Nast in New York to the wooden floors of Sangyé Yoga School in London, cat had officially traded in her Manolo Blahniks for a more 'grounded' approach to bare feet. 

cat is originally from New York City and has been calling London home since spring 2004. She feels very privileged to have been involved with the previous incarnation of Sangyé Yoga School from its inception (formerly Jivamukti Yoga London) and as it continues in its current form with a more Tibetan Buddhist influence. She and her husband Phil have had the privilege of "owning" the responsibilities of the space since May 2011.

If the titles collected along the way bear significance or interest (in no particular or special order): Advanced Certified Teacher (Jivamukti), Senior Yoga Teacher (Yoga Alliance UK) and Co-Director/Co-"Owner" of Sangyé Yoga School in London.

LOVE & GRATITUDE: the husband and the best friend ever Phil, the parents, the teachers – all of them and in their many forms. Massive respect for the students who willingly show up (and come back) every single time, especially when it's easier to simply give up. Much love to the notorious biggie smalls the sausage dog & oscar wilde the wiener for helping her see all sentient beings with indiscriminate eyes. Lastly, this precious human life for all it has revealed thus far.

Long life to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso…may he continue to teach and inspire through his humble yet powerful presence, by example.



sangyé yoga school in person + virtual classes (ongoing)

in person + virtual classes exclusively for sangyé yoga school
tuesday & thursday
10am/75mins & 6:30pm/75mins
saturday & sunday 11am/90mins
format (for both live & virtual versions): more listening, less looking. minimal music, less entertainment. breath is always the best soundtrack!
sangyé yoga school

Limited privates offered.
Get in touch: [email protected]

Please check back for updates in this ever changing climate.

Be mind, speech and body.

Date Location class details

23rd – 27th June 2021

london, uk

sangyé yoga school teacher training 2021: 1st module

16th – 18th July 2021

london, uk

sangyé yoga school teacher training 2021: 2nd module

5th – 8th August 2021

kagyu samye ling - scotland

sangyé yoga school teacher training 2021: 3rd module (scotland)

off site module + annual retreat

3rd – 5th September 2021

london, uk

sangyé yoga school teacher training 2021: 4th module

24th – 26th September 2021

london, uk

sangyé yoga school teacher training 2021: 5th module

15th – 17th October 2021

london, uk

sangyé yoga school teacher training 2021: 6th module

27th – 31st October 2021

london, uk

sangyé yoga school teacher training 2021: 7th/final module

26th – 27th November 2021

hamburg, germany

sangyé workshops at roots yoga

extended classes + teaching schedule - roots yoga hamburg

28th November 2021

stuttgart, germany

sangyé yoga workshops at moveorespiro

schedule of workshop/teaching at moveorespiro - day visit!

4th – 12th December 2021

london, uk (sangyé yoga school)

foundations: assists workshop series

This continuing education workshop series is taught with Phil Douglas. LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE

Foundations: assists workshop with cat & phil (drawn mainly from sangyé yoga school’s awakening student teacher training syllabus…this is a taster:)

We have been asked for as long as we can remember to offer this type of workshop.

Here you go! We STRONGLY advise students book into all 4 sessions to benefit from an integrated experience of how to assist mindfully and skill-fully on a foundational level. By attending the 11am class, we can use the time wisely and get straight into it. As with all things, continued practise as a student and with assisting is the key.

We deeply believe that the maturity of the asana practise informs the ability to assist. There will be partner work. If you wish to be paired with a specific student, please let us know in advance. Further questions? [email protected]

sangyé yoga school

16th – 16th January 2022

london, uk (sangyé yoga school)

foundations: surya namaskar/sun salutations a & b

Sunday 16th January 2pm–4pm

This 2 hour foundations class will focus on the components of Surya Namaskar A & B.

We will explore how to integrate breathing, engaging and gazing mechanisms to invite awareness into the series of movements and shapes.

It is suitable and open to beginners as well as refiners who are unsure about alignment and/or uncertain about sanskrit terms such as urdhva hastasana, uttanasana, phalakasana and chaturanga, to name a few. Ideally, this practice could also be utilized as a foundation for a daily self-practice.

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28th – 30th January 2022

stockholm, sweden

yoga games - stockholm

yoga games

19th – 25th February 2022

hokkaido, japan

exact dates tbc - 2022: 7th year in niseko/4th retreat (postponed from 2021)

This may be a last minute retreat.
Keep checking back or email to be advised if/when it moves ahead!

6 nights/7 days - small group only: EXACT DATES TO FOLLOW!
with workshop style classes (limited spaces/also offered to locals)
limited space on retreat.
[email protected]

18th – 19th March 2022

paris, france

sangyé workshops at jivamukti paris

jivamukti paris

7th – 8th May 2022

gothenberg, sweden

yoga games - gothenberg 10 year anniversary

yoga games for more information!

15th May 2022

zurich, switzerland

sunday workshop

more information to follow...

5th – 11th June 2022

ibiza, spain

2022 solo gente tranquila retreat

small group capacity.
2 spaces available for a couple or good friends (room w/large bed).
interested? [email protected]

16th – 19th June 2022

moscow, russia

sangyé workshops at material yoga studio (jivamukti moscow)

material yoga studio

29th June 2022 – 3rd July 2022

london, uk

sangyé yoga school teacher training 2022: 1st module

sangyé yoga school

22nd – 24th July 2022

london, uk

sangyé yoga school teacher training 2022: 2nd module

11th – 14th August 2022

tbc - kagyu samye ling monastery, eskdalemuir, scotland

sangyé yoga school teacher training 2022: 3rd module

2nd – 4th September 2022

london, uk

sangyé yoga school teacher training 2022: 4th module

23rd – 25th September 2022

london, uk

sangyé yoga school teacher training 2022: 5th module

14th – 16th October 2022

london, uk

sangyé yoga school teacher training 2022: 6th module

26th – 30th October 2022

london, uk

sangyé yoga school teacher training 2022: 7th module (final)

sangyé yoga school
awakening student teacher training 2020
with cat alip-douglas

THE 2016/2017/2018/2019 TRAININGS - FULL TO CAPACITY.

JUST RELEASED - 2022 Awakening Student Teacher Training
1st: June 29- July 3
2nd: July 22-24
3rd: August 11-14 Samye Ling (location - tbc)
4th: September 2-4
5th: September 23-25
6th: October 14-16
7th: October 26-30

To request the 2022 application/reference forms and schedule a practise assessment/personal interview either in person or on zoom, please email: [email protected]

If you are keen, we strongly advise that applicants avoid waiting until the last minute to enquire about requirements and perhaps even get a head start on reading materials/essay. Time to prepare is extremely valuable, interview past teacher trainees about the reality of their experience.

2022 Sangyé Yoga School: Awakening Student Teacher Training (7th edition)
with cat alip-douglas

This training is for students who wish to deepen their understanding of the yoga practice as it relates to life in a closely mentored 5 months program. The training is suitable for those who are looking to transition into the role of a teacher, as well as those who may wish to simply deepen their own yoga & life practice.

Previous years have attracted students from the UK, Europe, USA and beyond. Out of town students must be able to commit to adding days either side of modules to complete practice requirement with cat. The training has reached capacity each year, advance application is encouraged.

This 200hr (300+hr with independent study required) course presents a foundation in yoga principals with a strong emphasis on vinyasa. Trainees are expected to maintain a daily meditation and a consistent (5-6 days a week) asana practice during their training. A set sequence will be provided almost 2 months prior to the start of the training and students will be expected to self-practice this sequence approximately 3x per week. Developing a self-practice, identifying and overcoming challenges are an important step in the student’s ability to teach and ultimately communicate with precision.

The course will include the following areas of study:
–   Asana, bandha, drishti
–   Applied anatomy
–   Mechanics of fundamental assists
–   Philosophy
–   Pranayama
–   Meditation
–   Teaching methodology (how to approach teaching in person classes and virtual/online)
–   Ethics based on the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva


The course will run over a period of 5 months, beginning June 29th & ending October 30th. 
Pre-course work will be provided on/around May 1st as preparation and to be completed for modules.


All dates will be held at Sangyé Yoga School, 300 Kensal Rd, London, W10 5BE – with the exception of the dates August 11th -14th - which will be held at Samye Ling, Eskdalemuir, near Langholm, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. IF SAMYE LING HAS RE-OPENED POST PANDEMIC.

Sangyé Yoga School will endeavour to deliver all modules in person; however, there is the possibility that a portion of the course will be held digitally if local guidelines require this. Allowances will also be made for students who are unable to travel for modules based on any local government guidelines.

Fore more information on the programme, Sangyé Yoga School Awakening Student Teacher Training.


...inward and outward exploration...

Date Location Retreat details

21st – 27th February 2021

hokkaido (niseko), japan

TBC - POSTPONED TO 2022 - 4th hokkaido, japan: snow and a bit of yoga retreat with cat & phil

This may be a last minute retreat! Keep checking back or email to be advised if/when it moves ahead.

This will be the 4th hokkaido retreat but the 7th year we are teaching in niseko.
we have so much fun that we thought you'd like to come along!


booking form please email [email protected]
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5th – 11th June 2022

ibiza, spain

2022: solo gente tranquila retreat

small group capacity. space available for a couple or good friends (room w/large bed).
interested? [email protected]



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