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.
This is an energizing flow designed to get you glowing from the inside out! We start with some circular breathing to get things moving and then we dive into the hips and hamstrings and play all over the mat! Included are some lotus variations with fun balance options (focus, focus!) and an opportunity to choose between self-loathing or self-loving. (Pick the second thing!) Scorpion forearm stand might be fun at the end. Enjoy yogis!
Evening out your energy is a daily practice, the balancing of Shiva + Shakti is a dance that is eternal, internally and externally. This practice begins with Nadi Shodana to purify the masculine and feminine nerve channels of the body. Balancing acts on all fours move up off the ground into plank and more challenging/heating arm balancing (Lolasana & Tolasana) and standing balance situations. The practice concludes with Padma Matyasana, a lotus-legged variation of fish pose.
Om Hrim Namah Shivaya - Tasmai Sri Gurave Namaha
This practice is all about truth! A quick talk about Satya, and the idea of being truthful in word, speech and action while also practicing ahimsa (non-harming). Can you be true to yourself without causing harm to others? Of course you can, it just takes practice! Join Kate for a flow that deeply opens the hips, hamstrings and shoulders, and then play with Standing Splits at the wall (so fun!) and a deep pigeon variation. Sat Nam, yogis!
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!