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Kate Shipp

Kate Shipp serves as the Associate Dean of Yoga Education at Spirit of Yoga with SWIHA. She also teaches in the yoga teacher training program at the 200 hour and advanced levels. It is Kate’s passion to help people remember their wholeness. She believes that by bringing union to body, mind, and spirit, each person is able to return to a state of grace and ease, create a life they love, and learn to thrive! She lives her life seeking to feel joy in the ordinary moments and expressing gratitude for the gifts of each day.

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Why I Teach Yoga

Posted by Kate Shipp on 4/16/18 2:00 PM

I still remember the first time I took a yoga class. It was February 2007, and my husband had presented me with a gift certificate for classes at a local studio. He had hoped that yoga would release my anxiety over being a new mom and alleviate the constant state of stress that overwhelmed me with every breath. I, too, was excited to try this new way of exercising. My daily workouts had left me feeling physically strong, so I had myself convinced that I would be “great” at yoga. Little did I know that my ego would be knocked down on its knees as soon as I stepped on the mat!

As I huffed and puffed through the poses in that first class, I struggled to understand the foreign guidance to “allow your breath to guide the movement of your body.” Finally, after much shaking and panting to force my hunched over body into triangle pose, the teacher approached me and gently asked, “Where are you trying to get into? Please come down into child’s pose and breathe.” Reluctantly, I listened. As soon as I followed her instructions, I was hit by a wave of peace and a softening in my mind. “What?!” I remember thinking. “I can rest? I’m receiving permission to rest, relax, and breathe?” In that moment, I knew the practice of yoga was going to change my life.

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Topics: Yoga Teacher Training, yoga, exercise, Savasana, Holistic wellness, chakras, Meditation

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