The 4 Pillars of Happiness

“Happiness is not something ready made,

it comes from your own actions”

Dalai Lama 14th

What are the 4 Pillars of Happiness?


They are key elements of personal practice, tools to attain balance in life and mindset to activate a state of flow. They are informed by 17 years of yoga and meditation practice, a decade of teaching and coaching, 7 years of entrepreneurism and having worked with over 25,000 clients in 11 countries. Each pillar represents a theme that explores the wisdom of ancient healing practices balanced with evidence-based science, whilst attuning our subtle conscious awareness.

Clients include accomplished professionals, entrepreneurs, yoga teachers and healers, bodyworkers and acroyogis, creatives and artists.  Each client overcoming key challenges such as mobility issues caused by a sedentary lifestyle, anxiety, depression, insomnia, stress, burnout and other psychosomatic ailments brought on by living the pressures of modern life.

This method utilizes the wisdom of science, embodiment, yoga and meditation. These are the most potent techniques structured into a practical step by step process addressing key aspects of wellbeing – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually – in a way that is both accessible and deeply transformative.

This course gives you the opportunity to focus time and energy on aligning your life with your core values, unblocking your sabotages and achieving a state of flow.

Is This for Me?


  • Are you at a key junction in your life?

  • Do you find it impossible to switch off?

  • Are you externally successful but internally full of anxiety and self doubt?

  • Do you have a mission you want to get into action on?

  • Do you want to learn transformative techniques inspired by science, spirituality and entrepreneurial mindset?

  • Are you looking for support and accountability?


Calm your mind, move your body, let go of the past so you can embrace the present moment.


Clarify what and who empowers you and how you step into your power.


Align your actions with your values and your vision.


Be playful in your attitude to balance challenge with creativity and find your state of flow


Calm your mind, move your body, let go of the past so you can embrace the present moment.


Clarify what and who empowers you and how you step into your power.


Align your actions with your values and your vision.


Be playful in your attitude to balance challenge with creativity and find your state of flow

Meet Your Coach

Cat Duval is a wellbeing consultant, senior yoga teacher-trainer and founder of Nine Lives Yoga, which is all about connecting people and offering mindfully happy healing in ways that make you smile. Cat pioneered the Yoga Rave which she now tours internationally. She runs team-building workshops and courses in her 4 Pillars of Happiness Method™ and Social Yoga techniques for Fortune 500 clients Google and Microsoft, for NHS staff, young homeless people with the Clocktower Sanctuary and for mental health hospital Elysium. She also works more deeply with selected clients on a one-to-one basis. Cat combines science and spirituality to help you get real about your mental blocks, let them go and step into a state of ease and flow.


“My work with Cat helped me sweep away the cobwebs of forgotten dreams and reawaken exciting plans and goals. Her unique style of coaching cleared my mind and got me in touch with my body. I’m super excited to work with such a powerful coach and teacher.”

Shola Kaye

Voice Coach and Singer

“Cat is a total powerhouse. She drives projects through to completion. As a yoga teacher and facilitator she is a force of nature, making everything joyous and fun as she takes you on a road to evolve your way of being.”

Melvyn Carlisle

Director, Mind Body Spirit Festival

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How Do I Join The Course?

Retreat Me

Our 8 day retreat offers you the chance to dive deep and immerse yourself in your process and transformation. With yoga and meditation at sunrise and sunset, 4 Pillars of Happiness workshops, organic vegan food and opportunities to absorb the beautiful mountains of Sierra Nevada National Park in Southern Spain; this retreat is set to reset your mind and open your heart into a new way of being.

Coach Me

Our 12 week personal development course gives you the chance to embody the 4 Pillars of Happiness practices in your day to day life. Each week we explore a key theme, approach and practice with online resources to support our contact time. Cat coaches you to let go of what blocks you and find your own solutions. You can do this as a group coaching course or one to one personal coaching programme. Cat only works with a small group of clients in this way twice a year so book early.

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn How It Works!
Is this a yoga course?
Yes and more. This is a personal development course that uses a multitude of techniques that cross over fields of physiological fitness, psychological wellbeing, emotional release and energetic alignment. Cat is a senior yoga teacher so the content of the course takes great inspiration from the eight limbs of yoga including meditation practice. As part of the course you have the opportunity to work with Cat to tailor a personalised yoga and meditation routine to refine and deepen your practice. Cat is trained in Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin, Acroyoga, Partner Yoga, Family and Kids Yoga, pregnancy yoga, NLP, Hypnotherapy, mindfulness meditation, positive visualization and thai yoga massage she also practices Rocket Yoga and Ashtanga yoga.
What other techniques are used within the course?

Cat draws on her training and experience to offer you a toolbox of techniques and practices to suit where you are at and what your goals are for the course. Some examples of tools on top of the yoga and meditation are:


  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Pranayama (Breathwork)
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or tapping
  • The H’oponopono Method (forgiveness practice)
  • TRE or ‘shaking’
  • Neuro-inguistic programming (NLP)
  • Timeline therapy techniques
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Embodied Cognition
  • Decluttering
  • Money Mindset
  • Deeksha
  • Positive visualisation
  • Vision boarding
  • Goal setting tools
  • Entrepreneurial mindset
  • How to create a business canvas
  • Creating a Value Proposition
  • Business strategy
  • Creating a Morning Rituals
  • Cat’s Embodied Goals theory
  • Cat’s Prana theory
  • Energy management over time management
  • Nutrition Awareness
  • Cardio Exercise Regime
  • Wheel of Wellbeing
Is there a difference between the content of the retreat and the 12 week course?

The core structure and content of the 4 Pillars of Happiness is the same, however each format has different benefits. Each of the 4 pillars have three sub-themes which come with exercises, recordings and multi media supporting materials.

The 8 day retreat offers a complete immersion away from your daily life pressures so you can dive deep into the course and focus solely on that for the whole time. The retreat centre is out in nature with views of the mountains and opportunities to go walking, cycling and sitting in the meditation garden or by the pool and so doubles as a personal development holiday abroad.

The 12 week course offers you the chance to absorb the course content over a longer period of time so you can integrate the practices in your day to day life. You can dive deeper as you have a 3 weeks to cover the content we have a day to cover on the retreat.

Where you can go for walks in the stunning Pyrenees on the retreat, on the 12 week course, you can continue your normal life and add the practices to your daily routine so as to integrate them into a long term lifestyle.

What is the course schedule?

The structure of the 4 Pillars of Happiness has 3 sub-themes in each pillar. Each theme has a workshop or coaching session with supportive materials and multi-media recordings to support it.

Contact time on the retreat is an annual 8 day experience with Cat and supporting teachers in Spain once a year for up to 16 participants in shared accommodation on stunning yoga retreat centre House of Light here.

The 12 week programme runs twice a year and enrollment happens in September for Oct- Dec and Jan for Feb- April. The contact time is 12 x weekly 90 minute coaching sessions on Zoom or face to face in Brighton. The content for this includes weekly coursework emailed to your inbox with links to supporting materials, exercises, recordings and articles of interest.

More info can be found on their respective pages on this website coming soon:

  1. Retreat
  2. Course
How personal is the coaching?

One to One Coaching: 5 places per enrollment – 90 mins per week. 13 weeks including consultation. Coaching sessions are private and dedicated to you 100%.

Group Coaching: 10 places per enrollment – 13 weeks including consultation. Group coaching 90 mins per week bringing key challenges, with periodic opportunities to be in the hot-seat and receive intensive group coaching on a key issue.

Retreat: 12 with single occupancy, 16 with shared occupancy – 8 days contact time. Group coaching in workshop format. Retreat clients each have 1 x 15 min personal coaching with Cat before the retreat and face to face contact over the 8 day retreat.

Our recruitment process ensures everyone on the course are highly motivated and inspired individuals who will serve as a valuable asset to our tribe.

How do I book?

To ensure you and Cat are a coaching match made in heaven, our next step is to ask you to book your FREE discovery call:

Chat with Cat

Once you have done that you can pay a nonrefundable deposit of £222 and we will send you your registration questionnaire on receipt of funds.

Does the price include travel?

No, for both options. Travel costs are extra but airport transfers can be arranged.

What are the terms and conditions?

Please read the Terms and Conditions on our website.

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