Indigenous cultures have traditionally used stories as a means of passing on wisdom and establishing meaningful connections. It is from this perspective,
rather than the ego, that I share my Yoga story.
Once upon a time a 21 year old Kate attended her first Yoga class in a large Auckland Gym. She liked it… She liked it enough to start a daily home practice.
Upon her arrival back in Southland Kate was welcomed into the Yoga community. Kate is grateful for the loving wisdom shared by her teachers Linda, Rhiannon and Hilary who, all in their own unique way, bring Yoga to life in the classroom and in day to day life. It was here that she experienced a sense of coming ‘home’ to herself, of resonating with a deep truth and knowing that brought trust and peace.
From this homecoming came the strong desire to share this gift with others. Kate undertook her first formal Yoga training in 2006 with the International Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA) in Christchurch. It was wonderful to be immersed in the philosophy of Yoga, to expand knowledge and create awakening. She then travelled to Peru practicing Yoga at sunrise and sunset at Machu Picchu and Findhorn Retreat (Scotland) to further her journey.
With any good story there is a dramatic turning point. Kate’s was the birth of her three children. Through mothering Kate learned the real depth of life; how to find the sacred in the ordinary; how to love unconditionally; how to practice Yoga off the mat through thoughts, deeds and breath. This ‘Yoga Mothering Practice’ meant that for a time formal training was on hold. But the depth of learning, pain and joy, wonder and frustration
of motherhood gave her real gifts that fed into her Yoga training and teaching later on.
Ten years after starting the Yoga Introductory Course, Kate undertook the Yoga Teacher Training Diploma Course with the International Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA). The course is based on the philosophy of Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yoga taken from the Yoga Sutras. It is a course rich in the true ethos of Yoga – union of all aspects of our being, oneness with all and everything, compassion and right living. Yes, the course taught Kate to be a
‘Yoga Teacher’. But the real gift of the course is the way in which it lights a flame within the student, a flame of true Yoga that is spread through authentic, heart centred humanity.
Kate lives on a farm in Southland, NZ with her husband and three children. In addition to Yoga Kate thrives on creating nourishing wholefoods,
running and walking in nature, tending her vegetable garden and time spent with loved ones.