Meet the newest stellar member of our CY Teaching Team – Kate Curtis

Name: Katherine (Kate for short)

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A professional dancer (still do – in my next life!)

List three words that describe you:
Radiant, unconditional, sensitive

Tell us about your first experience with yoga:
I was on my college campus and tried yoga for the first time. I had the hardest time sitting still during meditation, my mind was moving a mile a minute. I remember thinking “I’m not good at this being still thing – how is this beneficial to me.”

What is your favorite aspect of Yoga?
Taking the yoga off the mat, applying the principles and the practice into my everyday life.

What is the most challenging aspect of yoga, for you personally?
Getting out of my head, out of my story that I am creating (ego) and aligning with the present moment (conciseness).

How have you seen your practice change/impact your life?
Through the practice I’ve found my true authenticity, identity and divine purpose in this life. It is tough to explain in words what the practice of yoga gives me on a daily basis – my mat is my mirror and a constant reminder of exactly where I am at, is exactly where I am supposed to be.

Why do you love teaching at Cleveland Yoga, and what is your favorite aspect of teaching?
The first thing that comes to mind when asked why I love teaching at CY is the community – is YOU. Each person that shows up on their mats to breathe with each other, at times for one another, and for a purpose of recognizing that we are ONE.

My favorite aspect of teaching is simply to hold space for others to show up present, with all that they are, and awaken them to see the potential in who they can become, and what is possible.

Tell us about a memorable/favorite moment teaching yoga:
My most memorable moment teaching yoga was my first class at Cleveland Yoga Uptown. To hold space for others in a space that has transformed my being, was a very surreal and euphoric feeling. I was filled with extreme gratitude and am always honored to give back what has been shared with me through the practice.

Do you teach yoga full time? If not, what other things do you do for fun/work?
I teach yoga *currently part time. Also in my career I come from a background of Public Relations and Event Planning, and currently work as an Event Planner for a software company here in Cleveland.

In my spare time I love to be a student on my mat at CY, and spend time with my family and friends. I also am a Reiki practitioner, and I love to write and spend time in nature with my journal. Also, I am BIG on all things involving goals, visioning, and manifesting. Did I mention I love goals?

If you had one piece of advice for a beginner yogi, what would you say?
Patience. The prize is in the process, not the destination.

If you had no restrictions (money, responsibilities etc.), what would you with the next 12 months?
Create my own rendition of “Eat. Pray. Love”. Travel the world, teach yoga, and give back to as many communities that I could come into contact with.

What is your favorite song to sing aloud to when you are alone in your car?
I usually have a jam of the week, and will play that on repeat, like people did with “Call Me Maybe” for a good six months. Usually, “Walking on Broken Glass” by Annie Lennox is a good bet for some serious belting action.

Who inspires you to be your greatest self?
Me on my mat.

What is your your favorite quote:
“Expect the unexpected and never settle for less.”