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.
Santosha, or contentment, is one of the Niyamas (observances) described in the Sutras of Patanjali and can be a difficult one to work with. Some of the shapes we explore in this practice (and many of the situations we find ourselves in throughout life) may bring up big feelings. Use this time on the mat to breathe through and be with what comes up.
Maha moments include Marichyasana variations, Eka Pada Bakasana, and a Hollowback Pincha variation at the wall.
Remember where you come from people, you are a vessel for DIVINE LIGHT!
An intricately woven texture of movement guided by breath to connect you back with your radiant source. Don't be scared, we gonna get a lil' witchy with this one, drawing pentacle shields in space and such for protection. Shapeshift from Eagle into One-legged Crow, and check in with Ashtavakrasana. Keep radiating that divine light lovers.
Step into the fierce, open-hearted way you're meant to be living. We call on our friend Ganesha to remove obstacles that might be getting in our way so we can live in our true, free nature. Lots of heart-opening of course with some fun cat-cow variations throughout, dolphin pose, forearm balance and all kinds of fun!
Who doesn't need a little psychic cleansing from time to time? This practice begins with a meditation to help you cut attachments to ideas, attitudes, ways of being, people or situations that no longer serve you and weigh you down.
Archer's arms in warrior postures help us to find our balance, sharpen our focus, get really clear about what we want and grounded in our purpose. These elements are reinforced through the peak poses we explore like Kapinjalasana (dew drop drinking bird), Shiva Naturajasana, an adventurous variation of Ustrasana, and reclining Virasana. Om Shanti Shanti Shanti
Warm your way up through the chakra system with a sequence of Kundalini inspired exercises. Chakra means wheel or spinning disc in Sanskrit, and healthy functioning wheels are designed to spin! Grease your wheels and get them turning in this energizing practice that steers you straight into the center of the hub so you can find greater freedom of movement and brightness of being.
Beginning with the pran mudra and leading into a flow that's all about the energy of regeneration! Focus on raising your internal vibration and charging your own batteries with meditation, standing balance, twists, core strength, arm balances and a funky headstand!!
A class inspired by the late, great Mary Oliver. Tune into your wild nature and free your spirit with a class that will both center and open you and offer opportunities to do lots of back-bending, arm balancing and inverting!
Baddha konasana to dandasana to navasana, anyone? Don't let the chill start fool you, we are gonna build some heat and open the hips and shoulders. A fun, creative flow that will keep you guessing and leave you feeling glorious as we explore both opening, but also folding in. Tara is sometimes translated as star and this flow honors Tarasana, the goddess of compassion and protection, because much of the time we need both!
Allow things to unfold however they will and see if you can open and receive things you never imagined. Join Kate for a flow that's full of twists and turns and sure to keep you on your toes (hands, head, haha). Just when you think you know what's coming...
Breath of Fire starts this party and then we flow and twist and open the hips, hamstrings and shoulders heading toward compass pose, visvamitrasana and a little flying pigeon. Guaranteed by the end of this class you will feel lighter and brighter and ready for whatever life sends your way. Namasté, yogis!