Katya Langmuur originally trained as a professional opera singer in London, first at the Guildhall School of Music and then at the Royal Academy of Music. At the same time, she started working as a university teacher from the age of 21. In the more than twenty years since, she has been involved in the practice and teaching of a number of the therapeutic and creative arts, including meditation, mindfulness, spiritual mentoring and counselling, end of life preparation, touch therapies and healing, nutritional therapy, movement and also voicework. During this time, Katya taught for the renowned Academy of Natural Health, running professional diploma trainings on their behalf for many years and serving as Principal Tutor and Company Director from 2006 to 2008.
From 2001 to May 2017, Katya worked in a public health capacity, specializing in HIV+ and immunity care. With a genuine passion for crafting therapeutic care programs tailored to meet individual patient requirements, she ran popular weekly palliative care clinics and related groups at a west London HIV+ centre, as well as at Ealing Hospital. Over the years, she has became known for further specialisms in complex chronic care management, HIV-related oncology and in gentle dying practices and preparation. No longer directly affiliated with the NHS, she continues to run a small, low-cost private clinic in this field to continue her interests and her support for existing patients.
Parallel to her therapeutic practices, for nearly twenty years Katya has been engaged in the study and application of Indian religious traditions and practices. Following a Masters Degree in the Study of Mysticism and Religious Experience, awarded with distinction from the University of Kent (2003), she completed a PhD focussing on the nature of spiritual leadership and charismatic impact at the same university (2010). Much of the research for this was gathered during lengthy stays in a northern Indian temple and ashram setting, where she immersed herself in a different way of living and being and learnt the value of anthropological understanding ‘from the inside out’. She has since lectured extensively at university level in contemporary Guru Studies, Hindu Studies and classical Indian Philosophy.
Since early 2016, Katya has been involved in creating and running professional development group trainings and individual coaching programmes for a number of well-known companies both across the UK and now internationally. She has particular interests in leadership development, fostering resilience, positive communication, negotiation skills and working with change and conflict in all its forms. As well as working independently in this field, she is connected with training companies Mind Gym, Impact Factory and City Academy.