Yogini, teacher, trainee and mentor, Kate Duyn Cariati has dedicated over 15 years to her practice and profession. Since relocating to LA in 2009, she has taught at over ten different studios and gyms in the area and led 200 Hour Teacher Trainings for Pure Yoga at Equinox, Goda Yoga, and Yogis Anonymous with Ally Hamilton.
Kate founded Light on Lotus Yoga in Mar Vista in August of 2016. She leads annual Teacher Trainings, specialized workshops, retreats, and has been streaming online with Yogis Anonymous since 2010. Her classes are known for their creative but intelligent sequencing, free flow acro-athleticism and soulfulness. She has a knack for guiding students to new depths while maintaining a sense of humor. Kate seamlessly weaves yoga philosophy, mantra, pranayama, meditation and movement into a rich and heartfelt experience in which she sets out to circulate as much joy through the body as possible.
She bows deeply to the great lineage of teachers that have come before her on this path and to Laughing Lotus co-founders Dana Trixie Flynn and Jasmine Tarkeshi. Originally from Portland, Oregon, she has lived and taught in New York, San Francisco, and currently resides in Mar Vista in LA, CA.
Take a conscious counter-pose to your daily life of hunching over smartphones, keyboards and steering wheels with an open-hearted stance with your shoulders on your back. A selection of special Kundalini Kriyas awakens the spine, bandhas and navel center are activated to support you in every move you make. Cultivate strength and stability through the legs and side-body in the flow of standing postures, winding down into the ground through the crown to rise up into headstand, possibly transitioning into an arm-balance variation.
Ground and concentrate your focus with Hakini mudra, down-regulating breath-work, and an inspirational little mudra mash-up. The puttering portion connects you to center and sets the spine free and builds into a dynamic lotus flow that both lengthens and strengthens the legs and opens the hips. Hearts and hips unite in a series of maha moments including Krounchasana, Eka Pada Raja Kapotasana II and Hanumanasana. JAI!
Looking to create a little fire in your belly? Kate has you covered in more ways than one! Get ready for some heat-building pranayama and a juicy flow that opens the front body, back body and side-body and leaves you in a state of balance and centered strength so that you might be ready for Ganda Bherundasana (formidable face pose)! Don't worry about the destination, though, just strengthen your center and you can't lose ;)
The intention of this particular practice is to let go of old stories that aren't serving us, are out-dated, or aren't even real! Use the Kaleshvara Mudra to help yourself along in this self-improvement project as you steady your breath and come into your center. The flow itself is creative, and forces you to think outside of the box and might help to shake things up a bit if you've felt stuck. Insert a few inspiring characters into the new chapter you are writing: Shiva, Kali and the Sage Ashtava.
Reign in the wild horses of the mind with this vinyasa krama practice leading up to Vatayanasana or Horse Pose, among a few other maha moments. You'll definitely want a blanket, this practice is not recommended for anyone with an acute knee injury. Pay attention to your breath, stay present in your body, and come along with me on the journey!
"Om Bhur Bhuvah Svah Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat"
Earth, Space Heavens, we meditate on the sacred light of the radiant divine
May the Highest Consciousness guide and inspire us.
This dynamic vinyasa practice calls upon the 5 elements to help us to synchronize with the energies around us and move with, not against, the flow of life. Peak poses include a variation of Dwi Pada Koundinyasana, a made-up shape called "Unicorn Pose" and Scorpion.
Cultivate generosity of spirit with the Pushpaputa Mudra, or Handful of Flowers, offering it up to the energy of abundance, prosperity, beauty and love. Filmed at Kate's beautiful gem of a studio in Mar Vista, Light On Lotus, this 2nd chakra focused Lotus Flow emphasizes fluidity and freedom in the hips in every direction.
Slow down and center yourself with guided breathwork, then begin to build heat gradually through spinal flexes, sphinx pose, and forearm plank variations. Surya C creates space in the hip flexors and encourages the spine into extension for more generous heart opening to come. The arms swirl, sweep, and wrap throughout the flow to find freedom through the shoulders, chest, and even give yourself a hands on assist. Maha moments include Fallen Angel, Scorpion variations, and big backbending to crack that heart wide open.
Tune-in with a 3 part breath starting at 8 counts, then increasing it to 10, then 12. The flow is built upon a lunging sequence with an emphasis on clarity of structure, joint stacking and lines of energy, clasping opposite elbows whenever possible. We'll pay a great deal of attention to hip squaring and stabilizing, which sets us up for success in revolved Ardha Chandrasana and Standing Splits. Ample shoulder opening creates the space for a solid Pincha Mayurasana, then relax back into Supta Virasana for full release and opening of the front body.`