Katie started practicing yoga in 2009, quickly feeling the benefits of Kundalini Yoga after walking into her first class in 2012, and is now a KRI Certified Instructor of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®. She was most drawn into this practice by the wonderful emphasis on breathing (prana), and is grateful to have discovered the profound power of breath work (pranayama) and the diverse methods of focused breathing. She is continually amazed at the multitude of different kriyas (sets of exercises), and she values that poses can be modified for every body at every level. She is surprisingly fascinated with the use of mantra chanting as a technology to meditate, and always appreciates the spark of energy that is ignited after each class. She finds comfort in the prescribed routine procedure of every Kundalini Yoga and Meditation class: tuning in, warming up, doing the kriya exercises, resting during the relaxation period (savasana), and ending with a meditation.
She practices yoga because she enjoys the challenge of: remaining focused on the present; noticing the way her body feels on the mat without judgement; breathing with purpose; and concentrating on doing each exercise with awareness at each moment–it is always a challenge. Every time she steps on the mat is an opportunity to be more aware of, and hone her practice of finding this yogic union, a balance of focused mind and body (in movement or stillness) together with spirit. Katie understands that your yoga “practice” may not mean its an activity done regularly (although an honorable goal), but that each time you step on the mat IS practice making an effort to be aware of how your body and mind work together and shows a commitment to yourself. Whether you are looking to physically increase your strength, flexibility, or endurance–OR–you wish to develop mental discipline and focus–OR– if your goal is to take time for yourself and enhance your well-being, Katie welcomes you to her yoga class, happy to have you present for YOUR practice.
Katie originally enrolled in teacher training to better understand Kundalini, but her experiences with it have motivated her to share it with others. Using the practice of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation to cultivate an awareness of the balance between your mind, body, and spirit will serve you off the yoga mat in your life, to help you keep calm as you multi-task amid the conflicts and distractions of this stressful digital age. We cannot control all our circumstances, but if we have awareness of ourselves, we can control our responses and reactions to stress. Katie has found this to be true through her own practice of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, as it helps her maintain a healthy perspective along the peaks and valleys of life. Further, the methodical approach of each class routine, as well as the well-documented, physiological benefits of yoga and meditation appeal to the scientist in her as she is a trained biologist who studies ecology. At home, she enjoys sharing her yoga mat with her two friendly cats, keeping up with friends and family, and fostering gratitude for all.