Yogini, teacher, trainee and mentor, Kate Duyn 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.
A little garuda mudra and pranayama for inward freedom and clarity of vision starts us off on an adventure that targets pigeon variations (even during your core work), eagle variations, and monkey pose right-side up and upside-down! Omg along the way, fun with standing balance, twists and all kinds of love for your shoulders, hips and hamstrings. Sat Nam, yogis, let's play!
A Shiva/third chakra-geared sequence designed to help us harness the power of transformation balancing Shiva and Shakti energies (masculine and feminine), so we can both embrace change as it happens, and also find the strength to change the things we want to shift! Whether you need to change your approach or the way you might habitually respond to situations in ways that aren't serving you, become your own alchemist in this practice! Think twists to wring yourself out, and backbends to open your heart to whatever may within you or around you! Fun shiva shapes, navasana for rocky waters, and a sense of humor along the way!
Tame the wild horses of your mind and come into a state of single-pointed concentration, otherwise known as yoga! We will explore horse pose in this practice, so you will want a blanket! Along the way we'll open the hips, hamstrings and shoulders and you'll have opportunities to get upside down as well. Enjoy, yogis!
From the mud we go! And from the mud we grow! This whole practice is a prayer for peace, for our evolution and eventual recognition that we are all one. Kriyas and breath work to energize and release as we open the chest, upper back and heart and head toward eka pada raja kapotasana! May we all open and rise up.
Ganesha, the remover of obstacles, he who blesses new beginnings! Our connection to the tribe, our ancestors, and our special memories. This is the theme we work with as we make Ganesha shapes in this grounding, freeing, hip-opening flow that includes elephant-inspired tree pose variations, funky elephant chairs that might lead to flying pigeon and many opportunities to create your own trunk! Open to the possibilities and stay playful, friends!
Opening up to the energy of Lakshmi! Love, abundance, prosperity and beauty! Ask for what you need and cultivate the energetic currency from within to draw it toward you. Side plank variations and lots of fun with lotus and half lotus variations.
Do you know about the cosmic egg? The source of the creation of the universe - the golden womb! The soul of the universe merged back into wholeness. Today we'll explore the energy of light, love, and nourishment - calling in what YOU need to bring yourself into balance and wholeness. We play with this concept as we flow ourselves open, exploring poses like headstand with eagle legs and lifting into crow pose - drawing ourselves deeply inward in order to open. Enjoy, yogis!
Clarity of vision and inward freedom...what does it mean to you to turn the tides within yourself, your community and the world? The transformative energy of the ocean abounds as we use ujjayi breath to stay centered as we flow through a heart opening bliss-fest on our way to natarajasana, fun shiva variations in handstand and the option for kapotasana ! Heal yourself, heal the world!
A practice all about balance and how we need balance to set up the conditions for regeneration! Om namah shivaya! Whether we're talking about the planet we reside on or the planet of feeling within us, if we're out of balance things start to go awry. When we're in balance, everything can flourish and grow! Earth, Air, Fire, Water...all the elements around us and inside us need to work together so we feel harmony. Ready?
A slower pace gives us time to feel everything, and aren't we just being invited to feel everything these days?! Lots of creative half binds and full binds and hamstring opening, with options for all kinds of fun including bound revolved triangle and ardha chandrasana, baby grasshopper, and fun head-to-knee forward bend variations on our feet! A little dancers' pose and straddle press to forearm stand if you're feeling sparkly and a super deep savasana no matter what you do! Stay present, breathe deeply, and open to it all.
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