December Yogi of the Month : Katie

 In Yogi of the month

Katie is our final yogi of the month for 2016 and I am excited to share her story with you. I have been so impressed by Katie’s determination to keep showing up week in week out despite her pain and injuries. She is made of tough stuff and has a laugh that will fill the room with joy! Katie inspired so many of us in the recent week-long intensive we had with visiting teacher Santina, she really kept us all going. I am so proud of all her hard work she has put in since coming to Live and Breathe Yoga and I am honoured to have been witness to many changes that have happened.

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When and where did you first start practising yoga?

In Perth in 2012 – I started with Bikram but found that it just left me exhaaaaaausted – so it didn’t really stick.
 

Why were you interested in the first place?

I have some injuries from a motor vehicle accident and I had heard from so many people yoga really helps to regain  function, reduce pain and would help me to be able to do more of l the things that I WANT to !
 

What is it that got you hooked?

 
The feels! That whole body high *BING* after a great practice…  and the Live and Breathe community 🙂 
 

What do you love about Live and Breathe yoga?

Everything!!! 
 
Competent knowledgeable teachers who each bring something different to the class and my practice 
 
Fun – the studio doesn’t take itself too seriously – which is not to say that it isn’t full of dedicated and inspiring yogi’s – because it is. But  – there is a great vibe of irreverence, humour,  no competition, and a distinct lack of the contrived ethereal new-agey woo woo. Live and Breathe is about REAL yoga, shared with a diverse community of REAL people, brought to you by REALLY awesome people. 
 
Chai and chats on Saturday after Mysore – Bellissimo! 
 

What benefits/changes have you felt since practising yoga?

Better sleep, more energy, less pain, better flexibility, stronger, fitter, positivity, improved ability to be kind to myself , improved body awareness, and an improved ability to get the hamster that is my thoughts to step off that spinning wheel. 
 

How do you stay motivated to keep getting back on your mat?

Making a commitment to be good to myself, and keeping it.  Knowing that just  doing what I can on the day, is enough, it’s time for me – and I deserve it!  
 

What’s your favourite thing about Ashtanga Yoga?

The focus and challenge of synchronising movement with breath  and the reward of  those days when the “flow” happens … 

What would you say to someone who is thinking of trying yoga?

It’s time to do something for yourself – you deserve it !
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