Yoga teacher, 23, dies after falling off mountain during naked sunrise hike

Yoga teacher, 23, dies after falling off mountain during naked sunrise hike

A court has heard how a British yoga teacher died after falling from a mountain trail in Guatemala, BBC News has reported.

Catherine Shaw, 23, went missing after leaving her Guatemalan hotel on the morning of March 5 earlier this year. An inquest heard that the yoga teacher, from Long Hanborough, England, she had removed her clothes and was hiking alone on a mountain trail in order to see the sunrise.

However, Ms Shaw sadly fell from the trail by accident and died from multiple injuries. Her body was found on the top of a hiking trail six days later.

Coroner Darren Salter said the yoga instructor had been dead for "four to six days" prior to her body being discovered, and ruled her death an accident, adding that there was "no evidence of any suspicious circumstances or third party involvement". Toxicology tests showed that there were no drugs or alcohol in her system.

Those present in court heard how Ms Shaw was a "vivacious, friendly, kind and adventurous person who made friends all over the world". Her father, Tarquin Shaw, told the court how his daughter was "comfortable in her own skin" and that she had previously traveled places where "nudity was accepted".

Catherine's family has since provided a statement on her death via the Lucie Blackman Trust, saying:

"We would like to take this opportunity to express our profound gratitude to the many officials, and huge number of people, many that we will never know, here in the UK and in Guatemala for their unfailing support, professionalism, kindness and assistance in helping us to find Catherine, and bring her home."

It continued:

"Catherine touched the lives of a huge number of people across the world and she has left wonderful memories as her legacy. We are indebted and eternally grateful to these people, as well as our own friends and family, for their generosity, help and love they have shown us as we come to terms with Catherine's premature exit from this world into the next one.

"Finally we would like to thank The Lucie Blackman Trust who have been there for us, advising and working incredibly hard in the background from the moment we contacted them when Catherine first went missing and are continuing to do so. Their help has been exemplary and deserves far more recognition for the work that they do than we can give them."

The court was also told how Catherine had planned to visit Colombia and South America following her exploration of Lake Atitlan and the surrounding volcanic area.