Down Dog Yoga
& Muscular Rehab
Healing Athletes with Injuries
The vision for Down Dog Yoga and Muscular Rehab is for each student to have a safe and therapeutic experience that not only relieves discomfort, but also encourages sustainable workout practices. - Kat
Know your teacher...
Katherine was raised in a military family in the suburbs just outside of Washington, D.C. Later, she completed her undergraduate degree at Virginia Tech in 2004. Since then, she has worked in the health and wellness industry from various angles.
Upon moving to Richmond in 2007, Katherine held the position as Personal Training Director and Group Exercise instructor at a large chain co-ed fitness center in the area. At this time she was in the best shape of her life - training up to 12 clients and taught more than 10 cycle and fitness classes per week. In December of 2009, Katherine suffered a stroke causing her to become unable to have normal sensation and control over the right side of her body but was quick to recover. With the aid of mind to muscle connection specific exercise and weekly massage therapy, Katherine learned the healing power of the mindbody connection. A month later, she worked towards earning professional status in both the INBF and WNBF bodybuilding federations, later becoming a Natural Bodyz sponsored athlete. During this time she also studied Dietetic Behavioral Counseling at the Medifast Weight Control Center.
In 2013, Katherine broke her tailbone in a skydiving accident and was reintroduced to exercise through yoga in 2014. Katherine studied yoga and meditation under John and Chris Yax, owners of the Yax Yoga Concepts therapeutic style of yoga bodywork. The Yax Yoga Concepts is based on the philosophy which adheres to being open to evolving with the needs of the individual and the community. After a series of unfortunate life events in 2017, Katherine moved to be closer to family in Fort Collins, CO. Here she began her studies towards massage therapy at the Healing Arts Institute.
Continuing the journey of studying how the mind works, Kat is also trained in Neurolinguistic Programming.
With these bodywork modalities, Katherine takes a hands-on therapeutic approach to guide her students to connect to their true self in a more physical, emotional, and spiritual way through a safe and therapeutic yoga bodywork practice. This methodology blends the most effective therapeutic practices from various styles of yoga and massage therapy blended with grounded wisdom and neuroscience teachings. The result is a holistic approach to the understanding of personal transformation.
Licensed Therapeutic Massage
Katherine C. Bandong is a Licensed Massage Therapist who complies with state, city, and/or local licensing or certification requirements.
A therapeutic table massage helps your overall stiff muscles.When your body has physical trauma, strains, or emotional stress, your muscles are strongly affected.Therapeutic table massage will help your body to function throughout your day!
Most clients prefer VACUUM Massage Cupping as their muscular rehabilitation modality. This is very gentle and safe.
You may see circular healing marks. These transient therapeutic petechiae which are very different from bruises, are areas where blood has left the the capillaries and leaked into the subcutis (tissues beneath the skin).
Vacuum Myofascial Massage Cupping,
The Therapeutic Method
Therapeutic private yoga lessons can offer a multitude of benefits to anyone to improve their flexibility, mobility, or advance their own yoga practice. Often, what may take months in a class setting can be accomplished in a few hours under private instruction. You will achieve better body alignment and awareness, which can improve all aspects of your life.
Yoga was traditionally taught by one teacher directly to one student. The great ancient teachers understood the importance of individualizing each yoga experience to meet the needs of the individual student.
Private Yoga is an invaluable tool for students of all levels of experience. Katherine will provide the perfect setting to address your goals and work on your areas of interest. Private yoga classes are an investment for your personal growth and health.
Benefits of a Private Yoga Session
With Zoom training sessions, you can receive personalized guidance tailored to your individual needs. This therapeutic method is based on your body type, current practice, and can focus on anything from yoga postures, to solid weight training, TRX, and to building superior core strength. Your sessions include all bodywork modalities available with DDYoga and Muscular Rehabilitation.