Meet Kate: passionate, inspired, and a real-deal healer (Yoga, Ayurveda, and... coming soon!: Traditional Chinese Medicine). I love the practical, personalized approach she takes to self-care and her simple, beautiful philosophy to trust your body's inherent wisdom. Kate's knowledge comes from her own personal experience of using these practices for self-healing and her ongoing studies.
LJT: What do you love about your work?
Kate: I get to share these very simple tools from Yoga and Ayurveda with individuals who are are seeking growth and relief from life's challenges, and then I get to bear witness to the transformation that follows. I am endlessly amazed by the power of these practices and the beauty and confidence they bring out in people.
LJT: What's important to you about the work you do?
Kate: Moderation and trust. In a time when so many people want hard answers to questions about nutrition and how to move your body safely, I feel it's all the more important to champion the power of moderation in all things and trusting the body's wisdom for answers rather than searching outside oneself.
LJT: What's your go-to feel-good fix?
Kate: Taking a moment to relax my muscles & organ body and feel my breath, tea (cumin, coriander, fennel, cinnamon if it's one of those days), and an episode of New Girl (the tv equivalent of an anti-depressant).
LJT: Who (or what) is your best teacher?
Kate: My body, hands down. Thank goodness I started listening to her because she knows what's up! ;) She tells me when to eat, sleep, party, rest, make love, and all the rest. Trusting and learning from the messages my body sends me has helped me connect more deeply with the people around me as well. When you're watching this thing that requires ongoing support with needs that change daily, it gives you a deep compassion for the variety of places we can all be in within our human experience. I'm reminded of the line from Mary Oliver's "Wild Geese"
"You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves."
Wise woman, that Mary.
LJT: What are you curious about?
Kate: Neurotransmitters. Circadian rhythms. Traditional Chinese Medicine. (I'm starting TCM school in the fall!)
LJT: What's the best gift you've ever received?
Kate: Cheesy as it may be, the consistent support of my family and friends to pursue what I love in my life and my work. I know that's not always the case and I am incredibly grateful. And tangible one, well, my engagement ring is really nice: amidst yoga leggings, converse, and air-dried curly hair, it's fun to have some sparkle that reminds me of this huge love in my life.
LJT: Favorite meal?
Kate: Mung bean and basmati rice kitchari, spiced sauteed kale with pumpkin seeds, yam frites, and tea of some kind. If I'm eating out: dinner at Outerlands Restaurant or brunch at Brenda's French Soul Food in San Francisco.
LJT: What's your ideal Sunday?
Kate: Wake up with no alarm (a luxury!), yoga at home, abhyanga (Ayurvedic self-massage), brunch out with the hubs, hike with a girlfriend, and cook/bake/tidy quietly at home to prepare for the week.