Introducing Ms. May ; Catherine Burke!
We definitely got a good chuckle and a lot of new info about the ever so poised and creative teacher we all know and love. Enjoy!
1.Brief, non-yoga teacher bio; other interests/passions. Where are you from, what’s your heritage, how many sibling if any, pets or no pets.
CB: I was born and raised in uptown New Orleans. I left to study art in NYC and ended up staying there 7 years before moving back. I think because I’ve traveled quite a bit, and spent a good chunk of time living away (where I had the “y’all” and “where ya at” shamed out of me), people are often surprised that I’m from here. But I like to brag that I’m so natrally N’awlins I have a place waiting for me in St. Roch cemetery (true). I have an older sister, a baby niece and a nephew on the way. Since college, I’ve parlayed my visual arts degree into a career as a graphic designer, doing work primarily for local non-profits and arts organizations, and I also teach an annual graphic design workshop at NOCCA. I freelanced for many years, but since last year, I’ve been working full-time as the graphic designer for the New Orleans Public Library. Working full-time and being at Reyn as much as I can doesn’t leave much time for pets, unfortunately, but I still tease myself by reading bios on the LASPCA website and occasionally cruising dog parks.
CB: Uff.. Parvritta Trikonasana is the first one that pops into my mind. Something about maintaining proper alignment through the foundation – grounding down through the feet, engaging the legs, keeping hips level, often feels very wobbly to me. To then try to open up and find freedom, lift, and twist through the upper body is always a challenge and a bit of a battle. Students should know anytime I teach that in class I do it with total compassion and a little bit of dread.
3. Whats your favorite part about being a yoga teacher?
4. What’s your favorite tv show to binge watch (if any).
CB: Oh man, yoga teacher tell-all! I really try to limit my screen use, considering I’m already in front of one most of the day. But…..I have definitely gone through some phases. At the moment, I’ve been drawn to anything light and silly that’s going to make me laugh – Inside Amy Schumer has recently been doing the job – so funny! Arrested Development, 30 Rock, Louie, and Portlandia are all classics I re-watch when I need a reliable laugh. The Wire and Friday Night Lights were both pretty all-consuming journeys. Now I really try to watch more one-off shows rather than something that’s going to suck me in too deep. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
CB: I basically always want to be outside. Bayou St John and the chime tree in City Park and are probably two of my favorite spots on earth. Pagoda Cafe is my neighborhood coffee shop, which I love for its outdoor seating and overall positive vibes. The Green Fork on Prytania is my go-to for a delicious pick-me-up. I follow a paleo diet to manage some chronic health issues, and they have an amazing paleo muffin that satisfies my craving for a baked goodie once in awhile, not to mention super fresh and creative juices and smoothies, and kombucha on tap. Oh, and anywhere with an oyster happy hour!
6. Something students may not know about you.
CB: This surprises even me, but unintentionally, every car I’ve ever owned has been a convertible… Holler at me on a sunny day!
7. Yogi-toe, Yay? or Nay?
CB: Nope, just maintaining a good strong grip into a sticky mat, or clawing into the ground when I get to practice in my backyard works the best for me.