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.
"Om Bhur Bhuvah Svah Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat"
Earth, Space Heavens, we meditate on the sacred light of the radiant divine
May the Highest Consciousness guide and inspire us.
This dynamic vinyasa practice calls upon the 5 elements to help us to synchronize with the energies around us and move with, not against, the flow of life. Peak poses include a variation of Dwi Pada Koundinyasana, a made-up shape called "Unicorn Pose" and Scorpion.
Cultivate generosity of spirit with the Pushpaputa Mudra, or Handful of Flowers, offering it up to the energy of abundance, prosperity, beauty and love. Filmed at Kate's beautiful gem of a studio in Mar Vista, Light On Lotus, this 2nd chakra focused Lotus Flow emphasizes fluidity and freedom in the hips in every direction.
Slow down and center yourself with guided breathwork, then begin to build heat gradually through spinal flexes, sphinx pose, and forearm plank variations. Surya C creates space in the hip flexors and encourages the spine into extension for more generous heart opening to come. The arms swirl, sweep, and wrap throughout the flow to find freedom through the shoulders, chest, and even give yourself a hands on assist. Maha moments include Fallen Angel, Scorpion variations, and big backbending to crack that heart wide open.
Tune-in with a 3 part breath starting at 8 counts, then increasing it to 10, then 12. The flow is built upon a lunging sequence with an emphasis on clarity of structure, joint stacking and lines of energy, clasping opposite elbows whenever possible. We'll pay a great deal of attention to hip squaring and stabilizing, which sets us up for success in revolved Ardha Chandrasana and Standing Splits. Ample shoulder opening creates the space for a solid Pincha Mayurasana, then relax back into Supta Virasana for full release and opening of the front body.`
This practice is inspired by the tale about how Vishnu manifested as Narasimha, then had to be talked down out of his bloodthirsty rage by Shiva as Sharabha, then finally sedated by the terrifying bird Ghanda Berunda--who happens to be our peak pose. High Hindu Drama!
Sitali Pranayam calms, and cools you off if you are in a hot environment or of a fiery temprament ; ) The flow builds slowly, but prepares you thoroughly for some special asymmetrical inversions/arm-balance variations and some of the mythological characters mentioned above!
In a sense, every day could be New Year's Day. This practice is designed to help cut attachments and clear out old, stagnant energy in order to write a fresh, new chapter and move forward with more freedom and LIGHTNESS!
Kundalini Kriyas help turn up the heat, move prana, and stimulate the root chakra to get us warmed up for a twisty-detoxifying Lotus Flow.
Calling in the solar energy of Marichi, Grandfather of the Sun! This energetic lotus flow builds rythmically and turns up the heat within to burn and purify the body, mind and spirit. Bound variations abound, gearing us up for several variations of Marichyasana. A strap and blanket may be beneficial.
"Om Mani Padme Hum" to grow and advance individually as well as collectively. Get the breath and blood moving with a Kundalini warm-up to this lotus flow geared towards generous hip opening with the support of a strong center.
Weave your way through the standing flow while you wrap your arms around yourself into binding variations that eventually unravel into "Soldier of Love" and a balancing variation of Surya Yantrasana.
Ease on in to the practice with some reclining hip opening and gentle twisting, then build into a slow flow with ample shoulder opening woven in throughout. The legs are strong while the side-body stretching is super sweet. For those of you with Vata Dosha or feeling the effects of Vata season, this is a nice slower-paced flow with good grounding qualities.
This Birthday practice begins with a meditation holding the Dharma-Chakra Mudra, followed by a Kundalini Kriya to get the prana flowing and to turn up the tapas. Progress your way through creative namaskars and intricate standing sequences that create space in the hips and hamstrings while engaging the core to support arm-balances, inversions and backbending. Highlights include Standing Splits, Eka Pada Bakasana and a jack-knife handstand variation.