Benton began her yoga practice in 1971 while a freshman in college.
She was certified to teach yoga after attending a residential
training program at Yogi Hari's Ashram in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Yogi Hari's Sampoorna Yoga system is derivative of Sivananda Yoga.
After that 2-week intensive in 1997, she eventually left her position
as Senior Biologist with the University of Florida to teach yoga
In addition to her Teacher Certification, Cathy has received training
from Bobbi Golden (Iyengar Yoga), Amrit Desai (Kripalu Yoga),
Lydia Wong (Qi-netics and Qi-gong), and Lilias Folan. She attended
a residential yoga program at the Satchidananda Ashram (Integral
Yoga) in Yogaville, Virginia, and participated in the 10th International
Conference on Yoga for Positive Health at the USF College of Public
Health, Tampa, December, 2000. Cathy continues her yoga
training by attending classes in the Orlando area.
A long-time student of meditation, Cathy was initiated by Roy
Eugene Davis into Kriya Yoga in February, 2003.
Approach to Yoga
Cathy presents yoga as a holistic exercise system, that is, bringing
into consideration the connection between body and mind. In fact,
that is the meaning of the word "yoga". The mental aspects
include mindfulness (observing our thoughts) and awareness of
sensations in the body. The physical aspects include the classic
postures (asanas) of yoga, special breathing techniques, and the
development of relaxation skills. The postures and movements strengthen
muscles, release tension and pain, and improve flexibility and
range of motion in all the joints. The breathing improves energy
flow and mental function while providing a focus for concentration.
Conscious relaxation helps us to manage stress and allows the
body to heal more quickly. Yoga is not a religion, but is a "toolbox"
of health-promoting techniques. Just use the tools which you find
helpful. It is not necessary to change your religion or beliefs
to practice yoga.
Cathy was born Catherine Marie Klein on April 14, 1953, in Geneva,
N.Y. Her parents, Leo and Marie, had emigrated from Guelph, Ontario,
Canada, when her father accepted a position as an apple breeder
with the N.Y. State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva.
With a strong agricultural influence growing up, Cathy chose the
biological sciences as her first career in life. She earned B.S
and M.S. degrees in Fruit Science and Ornamental Horticulture
at Cornell University, going on to take jobs in both scientific
research and commercial production. In her last horticultural
position Cathy worked 10 years as Senior Biologist with the University