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.
Giving and receiving. Make an offering to start your practice so it's full of intention, love, devotion...bhakti! Lots of shoulder, hip and hamstring opening, love for your IT bands, pigeon pose, standing splits, upper back opening all in preparation for some fun poses like perch pose and eventually, fallen angel. The receiving comes from the doing and then the surrendering. Enjoy, yogis!
An energizing flow that's all about stoking and acknowledging your own light so you can share it freely with the world! You're going to feel your quads in this one, folks, and get ready for some Kundalini frogs to really get those flames going! Crow pose, bhujapidasana and tittibhasana all make appearances, along with lots of archer pose variations and some omg's! Enjoy, yogis and shine bright!
All kinds of Archer's Pose and Gate pose variations, lots of shoulder, upper back and side-body opening, love for your quadriceps, hips and hamstrings, cow face pose and a fun flow where you can play with flying pigeon and funky forearm stand variations. Enjoy, yogis!
A deep-dive for the neck, upper back, side body, IT band (omg), core strength, outer hips and shoulders as we head toward visvamitrasana and fallen angel. If you're going to fall from the sky, better open your IT bands on the way down ;)
A story about the relationship between the sage Vashista and the King Visvamitra and the arm balances named after each of them! What draws you to your practice? Is it greater flexibility, core strength, these funky poses? Or are you after something deeper, like enlightenment? Lots of fun along the way as we prep for these arm balances and consider what it is that motivates us to show up on our mats every day! Whatever it is that draws you in the first place, there's no doubt the path is full of hard work and glorious surprises. Maybe you'll even end up with a wish-fulfilling cow! (Let us know if that happens for you!)
Lots of fun twists and turns in this one, folks! A little twisted boat pose, variations with Archer's pose, side body deep release, twisty arm balances, headstand action and so much more. Get ready to flow, play and swerve!
Lead us from the unreal to the real, from the darkness to the light, from the fear of death to the knowledge of immortality - bring us to that knowledge of oneness. We start with the asatoma sadgamaya prayer and move into a deep and fluid flow that opens the shoulders, upper back, chest, hips and hamstrings so we can play with funky eight-angle pose and one-legged-crow-meets-shayanasana :) Peace, yogis!
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!
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.