Katie has been a passionate and dedicated yoga practitioner for more than 14 years and has been teaching since 2012. Katie was guided onto the mat from a therapist that she worked with in her early twenties. She had been suffering with anxiety, depression and sleeping problems off and on throughout her teenage years and early twenties. At the end of her first practice, in savasana, tears ran down her face, she exhaled, and felt stillness in her nervous system for the first time since she could remember, this was the beginning of her healing journey, her relationship to yoga, and becoming a friend to herself and her body.
She took her first teacher training in 2012 in Dallas, Texas. Following her training, she moved to the Caribbean island of St. Thomas to pursue her dream of opening a paddle board yoga company and yoga studio that held and served the island community.
She tended these businesses which were her babies for many years. During that time she was called deeper into her studies and her own healing. Her love of yoga and desire for deeper spiritual connection and a lineage to walk with took her to India where she trained to teach Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow, a combination of the traditional Ashtanga practice and a more contemporary Flow style. In India, she also had the privilege to meet her Spiritual teacher Rishi Sudhir of Tiruvannamalai, with decades of experience and a depth of Vedic knowledge. Katie continued to dive deeper into her spiritual path traveling and studying in Bali, Peru, Guatemala, Mexico, and the jungles of the Amazon where she sat with and met the master plant teachers which have been the most profound guides and stewards of her consciousness. Katie would return many times to Peru to continue her work with the plants, her teachers and eventually would bring groups of her students here to study with her teachers. This was the beginning of Katie’s retreat facilitation work which continues and has expanded to many other locations internationally. During this time, while running the studio Katie was introduced to Breathwork. In particular, Breathwork as taught by David Elliott. It was under his guidance and support that she began the deepest healing work of her life. Reclaiming and remembering that the power to heal thyself is within. David teaches a powerful, transformational, form of holotropic Breathwork held in a sacred ceremonial container. This work allowed Katie to start to work with the deepest parts of her nervous system, completing ancient trauma vortex’s that had been impacting her for many years. Breathwork is an active meditation technique that somatically purges stuck energy and trauma from the body. It has been, hands down, the most profound tool for her healing and awakening.
Following her time in Peru, the plants guided Katie to Guatemala. It was in the highlands of Guatemala, studying Cacao, that she found her way to Mariu Gobbato and Dona Dominga, an elder traditional maya midwife and Mariu, a Guatemalan midwife, healer, and Mother who had devoted her life to working with the indigenous women and midwives to preserve their wisdom and teachings. The greatest gift Katie has been given is studying birth and postpartum ceremonial support and birth integration alongside these women who carry and embody these ancient teachings and practices.
Katie shares her ever evolving practice in regular classes and workshops in Western North Carolina and leads retreats in Guatemala, St. Thomas, Europe, and Peru. She has completed numerous teacher trainings; Seane Corn, Gaia Flow Yoga 200 hr, Samporna Yoga Institute 500 hr, Off The Mat and Into the World, David Elliott Breathwork Levels 1-4, Tias Little, Reiki II training, Yoni Massage, Maya Abdominal Massage, Doula Thrive 13 Moon Birth and Post-Partum Dual Certification and many many more. She is a registered Teacher with Yoga Alliance with more than 1000 hours of training, over 10,000 hours of teaching, a certified birth and postpartum doula, Breathwork facilitator, womb alchemist, and energy channel. Katie holds space for people to come home to their true nature, sacred union with life itself.