Who knew that one candlelight restorative class 3 years ago could turn into a such a big piece of this beautiful young teachers life? 3 Years ago Katlin came to her first class, with a friend, and from then on she was hooked. She drank the yoga kool-aid and there was no turning back. There was something about the relaxation, the stretching and the overall feeling of the studio that led her to become more intrigued about the practice of yoga. She then purchased the one month unlimited Newcomer pass, and came to as many classes as she could (easy AND more challenging) to find out what classes were the best for her. When she finished that pass she got a membership and the rest is history.
“she was constantly telling herself but I could never do that!”, and as we sit here three years later she is popping up into supported head stands like it’s her day job"
Much like everyone else, Katlin started at our studio as a beginner, from day one the mind-over-matter conversation took hold in her head and she was constantly telling herself “but I could never do that!”, and as we sit here three years later she is popping up into supported head stands like it’s her day job. Katlin told us about the changes she saw in her body from practicing yoga; one of them being her increased flexibility, her strength and stability, and most of all the fact that sometimes she calls her mom after class and almost instantly her mom knows she was just practicing yoga because of the calm in her voice, the relaxation obviously palpable through the phone.
Katlin is currently in her first year of a three year masters program in Neuroscience and Education, as well as a third-grade teacher at Big Rock Elementary School here in Okotoks. In addition to teaching and learning she paints, gardens, crafts, is the best Aunty EVER, a Pinterest maven and a yoga superstar. Whoa. We asked Katlin how she keeps it all balanced, and still comes to class with a big smile on her face (without a grey hair in sight!); the secret to her success is maintaining a regular yoga practice, and finding time to give to herself when she is running between work and school. She is truly, genuinely inspirational.
Teaching third-grade at Big Rock Elementary is a dream, a very familiar dream, to Katlin. Katlin attended Big Rock Elementary as a child, and as she walks through the halls today she still sees her sixth grade handprints on the wall, or her third grade class photo, she even teaches her students in her fourth grade classroom! This is all nostalgic and wonderful and it makes her even more invested in the growth of the school and her students. Her nephew is two and although he probably won’t get his auntie as a teacher, he will still get to practice yoga with her on a regular basis, she says “he is waaay better at happy baby then I am”, her young yogi is always trying to mimic the poses she does.
I think we love having Katlin as much as she loves coming to Yogadown, she told us of her love for the sense of community, the effort to always keep students informed and educated, the stellar teachers and the best part… the all-important tea lounge. Katlin is a true testament to the art of balancing, the art of self-care and most importantly setting your goals/dreams and staying true to them. By believing in yourself you open up so many doors, and the whole world can truly be yours. Thank you Katlin for coming in and giving us some serious Monday (or any day of the week) inspiration. Best of luck finishing your masters and we hope that you continue to dominate your own, best life.
Beat the grey winter weather with this gorgeous, green smoothie that is sure to replenish your mind, body and soul. Enjoy yogis!
Blend until smooth, enjoy chilled or fresh out the blender!
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We are located in Olde Towne Okotoks, at 40 "E" Elizabeth Street directly across from the Dit & Dat & Balance Dance studio