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Kathy White originally trained as a Sivananda Yoga Teacher, went on to study with Scaravelli inspired teachers for many years and qualified as a Certified Kaiut Yoga Teacher in 2018.
She is married, with two children (11 and 15) and also is a Certified Facilitator of The Work of Byron Katie and a UK registered Art Psychotherapist. She has been working as a coach, business consultant and therapist in the UK . She moved to Vancouver Island in Feb 2018 and continues to coach and teach Yoga in the Pacific North West.
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Hello, I'm delighted to share the story of my journey with yoga with you.
I took my first yoga class in 1991 in Victoria, Canada.
For the next few years I dipped in and out of classes, then in 1995 I became a more serious student and in 2000 trained in Sivananda Hatha Yoga in Nassau, The Bahamas. I started teaching shortly afterwards and taught for a few years.
I was introduced to the influence of Scaravelli Yoga in 2005 through my teacher Louise Simmons. I continue to work with Louise when I can. Through my adaptation of this yoga style I enjoyed the exploration of the breath, the spine and the use of gravity in the practice. My teaching changed and developed quite considerably. I attended several workshops with other Scaravelli teachers including Diane Long and Sophy Hoare. If I am to recommend any book on yoga I would say read these two. There is a lightness and delight contained in the pages. And what I learnt by integrating Vanda’s teaching into my own practice is to trust my own body. To listen and respond it’s inherent wisdom. And to be kind and beautiful in my practice.
In 2013 our family went to live on a remote Island called Erraid on the west coast of Scotland. This new life in the inner hebrides gave me a break from teaching Yoga, I taught just one class while on the Island. When I returned to our home in Findhorn, a year later, I could not find the right keynote for my own practice, and found I had lost all desire to teach.
I was also growing in awareness that my body was no-longer the young 20 something yoga bunny it had once been, and something had become stuck, stale and habitual in how I saw myself on my yoga mat. There would be dry empty periods with very little yoga. I attended a few classes and workshops with other teachers, and would briefly be inspired, I would teach a little bit, but would slip back into this dark place of not having a true practice for myself that worked for my mind, my soul, as well as my body.
Then in the spring of 2017 we went on a three month family trip to Hawaii and Canada. For the fun of it, because Yoga outside on a beach platform in Hawaiian temperatures can be quite different from a dreary Scottish climate, I found myself back into practicing everyday - I was delighted to build up a regular practice on my mat again. The teaching styles, expertise and techniques varied tremendously and I didn't care. From that beach platform in Hawaii, we continued our travels and I experienced a kind of wild abandon into all sorts of classes: hot yoga, bikram, power yoga, ashtanga, Iyenga, Hatha, Yin, Moksha, Vinyasa. I tried them all. I let go of all notion of what is right or wrong in yoga. I became a yoga junkie and took the trip to an abundance of yoga studios and tasted them all.
I noticed that it was very refreshing to let go of any preconceived idea of what Yoga is or isn't.
To see where my mind got in the way of just loving each moment of just being in my body. It was delightful to forget being a teacher and become a student. Once home and still on my mat, I continued by trying out various different yoga videos on YouTube. And despite all this activity and exploration, I was still hungry for something in my practice that was eluding me.
A few months after our big trip, I was live-streaming the videos from the Netherlands retreat of a spiritual teacher called Bentinho Massaro. In the retreat, each morning a yoga teacher called Ayla gave a class. I gave it a go and was astonished at what stiffness and rigidity was revealed. I'd been doing yoga for years; more recently practicing yoga intensively, every day for months. What was this quiet, subtle but strong, very simple but precise, very still practice that showed up in my joints in a completely new way? It turns out that Ayla Sarnoff was teaching Kaiut Yoga. I was hooked. I found out as much as I could. I kept practicing with the rotation of the recordings of the five classes Ayla gave at the retreat by listening to them repeatedly on my own at home.
Several months later, in September 2017, I flew to Toronto to start the first module of the Kaiut Yoga teacher training with founder Francisco Kaiut. Over the next 18 months, I took the training and a whole new passion for yoga was ignited. The questions I was holding were being answered, and more interesting questions were arising, an exploration was begining. My body responded incredibly well to the postures and sequences, hip pain was brought into focus and released, knee pain that had been growing disappeared, ankles opened, shoulders hunched over computers for years started to be freed up. It was and continues to be an extraordinary process of bringing mobility back into joints that had lost it.
And the deep spiritual understanding of yoga was being met with body postures that brought me closer to consciousness itself. I was very, very present.
In the middle of my Kaiut Training, in 2018 my family and I moved to Canada and I opened a small yoga studio (with space for 10 mats) in the basement of my home. So here I am living on Vancouver Island where interestingly enough, I had my very first Yoga class all those years ago.
And my yoga journey of learning and studying continues, in 2020 I flew to Sedona, Arizona and took a training with Cris Prengle who developed YogaMais (translated from portugese as Yoga Plus or Yoga More). Cris worked for many years teaching and training teachers in a Kaiut studio in Brazil, and then she left Kaiut to set up on her own, she evolved her own teaching to call it YogaMais.
And with this new passion for Yoga, I'm now delighted to be teaching from my studio and able to offer both Kaiut a practice through the 100 class plans, and YogaMais through the 40 class plans to my students. Infusing the classes with the years of Scaravelli Inspired yoga wisdom, to use gravity, kindness, awareness and beauty as touchstones of the practice.
I continually give a deep bow of gratitude to all my teachers. It really feels like I have lived the adages "when the student is ready, the teacher will come", with so many wonderful teachers over the years, it's a priviledge to share with my students all I have learnt.
I feel so lucky to be part of this ancient lineage of yoga. To be able to share and practice the transformation and healing, and to be able to live by the wisdom that is contained in the beautiful philosopy and spiritual teachings.
I welcome you to my practice, my yoga studio and my live classes online, and all my class recordings.