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.
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!
If you're like most people, you'll find life brings a lot of sweetness and ease, but also a fair amount of pain and difficulty! Of course the sweet part feels better, but the idea is not to get too attached to the ease part and too fearful of the tough stuff. Join Kate for a flow that's all about bringing you back to balance (you'll play with lots of balancing poses as you flow), and also includes hip, shoulder and hamstring opening.
Nadi Shodhana pranayama starts the practice with a focus on awakening the Ajna, or 3rd Eye at the brow point. Many of the postures are held for longer periods of time with the eyes closed to cultivate a state of inward balance and centeredness. Once thoroughly aligned we'll take a moment experimenting with the balance in "Toppling Tree Pose" - a variation of Standing Splits.
Juicy hip and shoulder opening prep us properly for Pincha Mayurasana variations, including one with a hollow-back & eagle legs, or a straight up Scorpion pose. Conclude the practice with a meditation on the winged eye, the symbol of the Ajna Chakra to help you see the unseen.
Take a conscious counter-pose to your daily life of hunching over smartphones, keyboards and steering wheels with an open-hearted stance with your shoulders on your back. A selection of special Kundalini Kriyas awakens the spine, bandhas and navel center are activated to support you in every move you make. Cultivate strength and stability through the legs and side-body in the flow of standing postures, winding down into the ground through the crown to rise up into headstand, possibly transitioning into an arm-balance variation.
Ground and concentrate your focus with Hakini mudra, down-regulating breath-work, and an inspirational little mudra mash-up. The puttering portion connects you to center and sets the spine free and builds into a dynamic lotus flow that both lengthens and strengthens the legs and opens the hips. Hearts and hips unite in a series of maha moments including Krounchasana, Eka Pada Raja Kapotasana II and Hanumanasana. JAI!
Looking to create a little fire in your belly? Kate has you covered in more ways than one! Get ready for some heat-building pranayama and a juicy flow that opens the front body, back body and side-body and leaves you in a state of balance and centered strength so that you might be ready for Ganda Bherundasana (formidable face pose)! Don't worry about the destination, though, just strengthen your center and you can't lose ;)
The intention of this particular practice is to let go of old stories that aren't serving us, are out-dated, or aren't even real! Use the Kaleshvara Mudra to help yourself along in this self-improvement project as you steady your breath and come into your center. The flow itself is creative, and forces you to think outside of the box and might help to shake things up a bit if you've felt stuck. Insert a few inspiring characters into the new chapter you are writing: Shiva, Kali and the Sage Ashtava.