Meet Your Yoga Guides

 
Kat Phillips

"If you’ve seen all the beautiful shots of Instagram yogis turning themselves into upside down pretzels and thought, “I could never do that, yoga’s not for me” then let me show you that yoga is in fact for everyone!"

Kat

Hi, I’m Kat and I’m a “crisis yogi”. Or at least I used to be. For many years, I would turn to yoga when life seemed to be taking a bit of a downward turn. Each time it would help me to find balance and strength to get through the storm. A few years ago, it finally occurred to me that if I practiced yoga regularly, then the storms were less frequent and much milder. This is simply down to the amazing healing benefits the techniques of classical yoga have to offer for both body and mind. 

With this realisation I finally turned to yoga on a more regular basis. Don’t get me wrong, this doesn’t mean I manage to find an hour or more every day to get on my mat – let’s be honest, who’s really got time for that?! To me yoga doesn't just happen on the mat.  It is more than the physical postures and therefore surprisingly easy to fit into your day without even having to pull the mat out of the cupboard; it may instead be taking a couple of minutes out to focus on my breath (pranayama and dhyana), helping someone out of a tight spot (karma yoga), or feeling the gratitude toward whatever higher power there is helping me get by each day (bhakti yoga).  I really enjoy finding new ways to bring yoga into my life and would love to give you some tips too.

In 2015 I took it all a step further and completed my Yoga Alliance registered 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training qualification with Ashram Yoga, spending an intensive month at their amazing ashram style retreat in the beautiful Coromandel. In 2016 I completed the 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training certification and now look to share my teachings and guide others through their yogic journey.

I love to share the benefits of yoga and to find ways to make yoga accessible and meaningful to anyone interested in discovering more about themselves.


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"I believe people of all shapes, sizes and ages can do Yoga and Yoga is for everyone. All bodies are good bodies."

Karen

For many years I was on the roller coaster of crazy dieting, excessive and obsessive exercise and my body fluctuating up and down in size and feeling unhappy and discontented. When my body couldn't do the things it used to be able to do with ease and the weight started creeping on no matter what I did, I turned to Yoga.

 It started with a few classes here and there (my brother is a Body Balance teacher and he was a huge inspiration to me and I went to lots of his classes ) and then on to the curvy yoginis of the internet and then like a thunderbolt I realised that I could become a Yoga teacher too!

 I didn't need to be a size 10 or a certain weight, height or age -practicing Yoga has helped me to accept my body just the way it is and to be grateful in this body and be kind and compassionate to myself. 

In my classes I encourage students to experience the benefits of increased body awareness and acceptance as well as practicing mindfulness and to take the balance and peacefulness of the practice into their lives. 

I completed my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2017 with the wonderful Golden Flow Yoga in Golden Bay and have recently enhanced my training by completing the Curvy Yoga® teaching certification.  I plan to keep growing my knowledge and experience and sharing the joy of Yoga with every Body.


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“I absolutely love sharing the traditions of yoga and helping people to find elements of comfort within the discomfort.”

Flavia

Hello, I’m Flavia, a British yoga teacher. I completed my 200hr training in Nusa Lembongan, Bali in January 2018. Since then I have been teaching as I travel through Asia, working in a studio in Vietnam. I absolutely love sharing the traditions of yoga and helping people to find elements of comfort within the discomfort. Quite literally, practicing fluid movements can really help us to go with the flow in our daily routines, building flexibility and strength for all situations.

I love watching the magic of yoga transpire beyond the mat into life outside and have found that through overcoming difficult practices (for me, sitting still) I am able to live life with more ease.

I am extremely passionate that yoga is for everyone. I love to teach fun, light hearted, all-inclusive classes. I often ask everybody to set an intention for their practice so that we can mindfully grow and develop our mind, body, soul connection. So if you are ready to fall out of balancing postures, flow with some funky beats and just see what happens then I would love to meet you on the mat.