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.
This Birthday practice begins with a meditation holding the Dharma-Chakra Mudra, followed by a Kundalini Kriya to get the prana flowing and to turn up the tapas. Progress your way through creative namaskars and intricate standing sequences that create space in the hips and hamstrings while engaging the core to support arm-balances, inversions and backbending. Highlights include Standing Splits, Eka Pada Bakasana and a jack-knife handstand variation.
Ease on into the hips with a reclining hip-opening sequence that progresses gradually off of the ground and into a creative manifestation of Surya Namaskar. The revolved shapes and hip work get more intense as we move along through the vinyasa krama, preparing us well for a few different variations of Grasshopper Pose (AKA Yoga Dandasana).
Sutra 2:33 - Vitarka Bhadhane Pratipaksa Bhavanam
"When disturbed by negative thoughts, opposite (positive) ones should be thought of."
Cultivate the power to turn things around and choose light over darkness. This sequence centers around a study in asymmetry, and the ability to stabilize in uneven or unbalanced positions. Some of the maha moments include tree in half lotus, an asymmetrical variation of Dwi Pada Koundinyasana and Vishvamitrasana. Flip your script yogis, namaste!
You know I love a little Kundalini warm-up ; ) Dancing between deep rootedness and lightness, this Lotus Flow practice has an expansive range. Ground down, let it fly, get deep into the hips and take those shapes with you into standing balance poses and arm-balances. Urdvha Dhanurasana for dessert anyone?
It's so good to be back on Yogis Anonymous! This practice is about shedding skin, emerging transformed, new, bright and shiny. Lots of legwork, heart-opening, hip-opening and some curve-ball opportunities to invert or fly up into an arm-balance. Enjoy!
Tapas is that fire that makes us show up for the people and causes that are important to us. You can't count on anything to happen exactly the way you expect or want, but practice is what creates the foundation for us to withstand and move forward with strength and grace. Balance the shiva and the shakti...you need the creative spark but also the follow-through.
A grounding "one-minute breath" to start the practice, then a slow easin' in with some reclining twists and hamstring opening. Work with clean lines of energy and patterns of precision through this strength building slow-flow that will get your legs burning! A bit of a yoga adagio, this one, with a propped-up variation of Ghanda Berundasana that gets us upside-down. Explore more extreme variations of Ustrasana and Dhanurasana, but extremely safely.