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.
All kinds of monkey business today, folks! Join Kate for a deep backhanding, core strengthening, arm-balancing extravaganza. A blanket will be helpful, you may also want to have a block and strap handy. We're going to play with a variation of monkey pose that is also a very deep backbend! It's a whole mood in itself! There are also options to play with one-legged crow and side crow from tripod headstand. Calm your monkey mind and feed your monkey spirit!
Invisible fibers of the heart itself stretch open so we can feel the connection we have to our loved ones, teachers, guides, to our ancestors and the earth itself. When we can bring our best and truest selves to whatever we face, we have the best chance to have the lion's heart, sensing the interconnectedness of all things. Grab all the props and get ready to roar.
A heart-opening flow inspired by the great Martha Graham who believed the purpose of dance was to illuminate the struggles of the human experience and to explore human nature. Grab your mat and let's dance and flow and illuminate it all together!
This practice is all about moving through the midline to get extremely centered! It's about processing all the unprocessed experiences so we can walk away feeling like we've integrated whatever is flying around in our mental, emotional and physical space. If you're looking for a little "upward" energy, here you go!
When the world feels overwhelming, sometimes it's really good to turn our attention to one small thing and really get in there! That's just what this practice is about. You are going to need a strap and an open mind! Enjoy, yogis!
This practice is dedicated to the goddess, protector, divine mother, fierce warrior Durga. Tune into your own deep knowing, dial up your intuition, and let's get centered! Two blocks may be helpful, along with access to a solid wall!
Ready to get into your hips? Excellent, grab two blocks and let's play with this shape from every different angle. Maybe you'll even lift your figure four off the ground! Whatever happens, this is a deep dive into the hips, hamstrings, upper back and core, and you'll be feeling free and loose by the end! But also grounded and strong ;)
This practice is all about the relationship you're having with light! Do you open up to the light? Invite it in? Seek it out? Foster it inside yourself?Or are you repelling light in any way, consciously or unconsciously? This practice peaks with compass pose, Surya Yantrasana - a pose that turns your body into a compass or sun dial so you set yourself up to receive the light when it's offered to you, cultivate it inside yourself, and offer it up to the world around you! Pretty sweet, huh? Grab two blocks and a strap and let's get our compasses calibrated, yogis!
Gather yourself up and create peace inside so you can send peace to those in need...even when you are one of those in need! We build heat and play with arm balances and inversions and options to play with transitions that could take you from koundinyasana into ganda bherundasana if you're feeling it! 2 blocks and your intention to create a peaceful inner world are all we need to get going.
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