Kathleen Elder Bio

Kathleen's facination with movement and the incredible feats of the body began as a child when she started Athletics at 7 then Gymnastics and Ballet at 8.

From early on she understood the rigerous training it takes to be top in ones chosen Sport or Art. Upon graduating High School, she chose the path of professional dancer and later Choreographer.

1989 - Her career took her all over the world, however she was particularily drawn to Asia, as she was always loved Martial Arts with its complexity of movement and precision.

It was here in Asia, that a knee injury helped her realise how important specific training (over and above the skill training in the dance class) is to prepare for the exteme demands placed on the body during a dance performance.

Through this she discovered the benefits of Yoga and Tai Chi for focus, healing and preparing onesself mentally and studied these disciplines further.

1998 - Kathleen then made her way to London, studying Drama and Physical Performance further learning about body movement and bio- mechanics - this led to finding Pilates.

2000 - Upon returning to South Africa, Kathleen persued her qualification in Pilates.

In 2001 , a car accident caused her to suffer a fractured pelvis, however,  due to her training, her recovery was quick.

As a result she gained a deeper understanding of the rhabilitation process, spinal imbalanes. Muscuar imbalances, joint restrictions etc and how to train to overcome them espespecially when the demands of strength, agility and suppleness are high, as with dancers and Martial artists.

Kathleen continues to dance, instruct and Facilitate courses in Pilates and Yoga and learn. She has also obtained a 2nd DAN in WTF taekwondo and Hapkido and is heading for her 3rd DAN.

2016 – Kathleen was diagnosed with G.B.S and spent 2 months in hospital recovering from temporary paralysis. Her practice in her chosen disciplines helped her recover faster than Doctors expected.

Kathleen's speciality is Yoga, Pilates and Body/Mind Awareness For Martial Artists, Dancers and Sportspeople. When physical demands are high, so are the mental and emotional.

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