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 life...
in 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 (as Jivamukti Yoga London 2005-2015) and as it continues in its current form with more of a Tibetan Buddhist influence. Every now and then her mother asks her if she has “grown tired of traveling/teaching yoga after all these years” to which her inner response is: “As long as what I’m doing is useful to some and somehow serves a purpose...then tiredness can be easily remedied by rest.” 

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-Guardian alongside Phil of the space that is 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 showing up every single time. 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.



sangyé yoga school in person + virtual classes - 17 may

in person + virtual classes exclusively for sangyé yoga school
vinyasa open - tuesday 9:30am/75mins
& 6:30pm/75mins
vinyasa open - thursday 6:30pm/75mins
vinyasa open - 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
ALL TIMES GMT/BST (as of 28 march).

EMAIL FOR AVAILABILITY & FEE: [email protected]



Date Location class details

21st – 27th February 2021

hokkaido, japan

POSTPONED to 2022: 7th year in niseko/4th retreat

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

11th – 13th June 2021

oxon hoath - kent (tonbridge), uk

2021: 3rd oxon hoath: SUMMER weekend retreat

the green light retreat: a perfect change of perspective w/o needing a passport!
a few spaces available due to cancellation.
booking form: [email protected]

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

1st – 2nd October 2021

oslo, norway

yoga games: urban yoga oslo

friday - workshop (2:15pm - 3hrs)
saturday - classes (8:30am-9:45am/10:15am-11:30am/2pm-3pm)
urban yoga oslo

venue: hotel in central oslo

8th – 10th October 2021

stockholm, sweden

yoga games - stockholm

yoga games

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

15th – 21st November 2021

POSTPONED to 2022 - TIBET retreat 2021

see retreats page.

28th May 2022 – 3rd June 2022

ibiza, spain

2022 solo gente tranquila retreat

small group capacity - THIS RETREAT IS FULL/wait list available.
email/message if interested to get on waiting list.

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

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

2021 dates
module 1: 23-27 june (5 days)
module 2: 16-18 july (3 days)
module 3/samye ling: 5-8 august (4 days)
module 4: 3-5 september (3 days)
module 5: 24-26 september (3 days)
module 6: 15-17 october (3 days)
module 7: 27-31 october (5 days)

To request the 2021 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.

2021 Sangyé Yoga School: Awakening Student Teacher Training
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 3-4x 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 23rd & ending October 31st. 
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 5th -8th - which will be held at Samye Ling, Eskdalemuir, near Langholm, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

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

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

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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11th – 13th June 2021

oxon hoath - kent (tonbridge), uk

2021: 3rd oxon hoath SUMMER uk weekend retreat

because we probably won't be able to travel outside the uk this summer!:)

last few spaces. limited capacity for everyone's ease!
booking form? please email [email protected]

15th – 21st November 2021


POSTPONED to 2022? - TIBET retreat

china is currently not issuing visas or allowing foreigners into the country
and most likely not for the remainder of the year.

full to capacity - wait list only.
email to apply: [email protected]
a sneak preview:
potala palace, lhasa

28th May 2022 – 3rd June 2022

ibiza, spain

2022: solo gente tranquila retreat

full to capacity. wait list only.
if interested, please get in touch to be added: [email protected]



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