After swimming competitively for most of her life, Katie started practicing yoga in college. Her various injuries were almost immediately alleviated by the practice of yoga. After practicing for over four years, she received her 200 hour yoga teacher training from Southern Star Yoga Center to share this with others. Katie believes that yoga is for every body, regardless of age or stage, and that everyone will benefit from it, sometimes in unexpected ways. Yoga is about alleviating suffering and bringing joy. Yoga means uniting mind, body, spirit, in such a way that we don’t always understand. This is a process that is all throughout life. It is something we can let unfold, in every stage.
Where are you from? Atlanta, Georgia and Tupelo, Mississippi
How long have you lived in Athens? Almost two and a half years
What’s your passion? I love teaching English courses and working with college students. I got to teach English for funding during my Masters program at Ole Miss before moving here and work with UGA at Oxford’s summer program last summer
Favorite book? Ugh, so hard to pick one. I just reread Til We have Faces by C. S. Lewis, and that made me cry so that was good. Also I just love Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings
Favorite movie? Wonder Woman
Favorite restaurant? The National
When did you start practicing yoga and why?
I started practicing yoga as a freshman in college just to try it out. I fell in love with it and was hooked! I also almost immediately experienced relief from different injuries including back pain and shoulder problems from swim team.
What’s your favorite yoga style?
Hatha/vinyasa. But recently I like alignment based because of Noah Maze
How long have you taught yoga? What inspired you to teach?
The immediate relief I experienced on a regular practice of yoga made me want to share it with others.
What’s your advice to someone who is new to yoga?
If you don’t love the first class you take, try a different one. Be open to trying new classes and new teachers because you might just love it. Be easy on yourself and remember it is not a competition, it is about acceptance, love, and learning to take care of yourself.
What is your favorite pose?
Down dog or legs up the wall
What’s your favorite class to teach at M3? Favorite to take?
I love teaching Strong Core! It is a party! I love taking Power360 and M360, but also Rocket and Flow & restore are quite lovely indeed.
What do you enjoy most about M3?
I love that M3 really is yoga for every body and has options for everyone. It is an encouraging and uplifting atmosphere that is really special and welcoming.