Katie’s yoga practice started in college at the University of South Carolina’s gym. Her initial motivation in trying yoga was to sweat and get a good workout, but she quickly realized that she left each class with a mental clarity that she’d never experienced. While in Columbia, she continued to practice at USC and City Yoga and started to dive deeper into the mental aspects of her yoga practice.
After graduation from USC, Katie moved to Charleston to take a job in resort management. But every day after work, she raced to her yoga mat to combat the stress of her fast-paced job. She tried many studios, but in 2012, she graciously found an oasis in the genuine community and intimidation-free space of Gaea Yoga Center.
Katie completed her 200-hour RYT through Gaea Yoga School in March 2013 and through the journey of diving to the depths of yoga, she gained the courage quit her job and follow a nagging wanderlust to Costa Rica, Panama, and most recently, SouthEast Asia. While traveling, Katie teaches wherever anyone will let her – at local studios, hostel lobbies, and the beach. She loves teaching groups of fellow travelers from all different backgrounds and seeing how everyone brings something truly unique to their practice.
Although Katie loves to travel, her heart feels most at home in Charleston, SC. Katie is currently working towards her 500-hour Advanced Certification with Gaea Yoga School, completing the 50-hour Gaea Grounded Teacher Training in September 2014. Her favorite teachers include Erich Schiffmann, Saul David Raye, Dana Flynn, and Sadie Nardini. All of these teachers she had the pleasure of working with in 2015 at the International Ojai Yoga Crib in Ojai, CA. She has also traveled to Yogaville, VA to spend a weekend at the ashram with Erich Schiffmann in 2014.
All said and done, yoga has greatly changed the trajectory of Katie’s life in ways that she never thought possible. She’s stoked to share the practice and hopes to help others find a sense of calm as well as a deep feeling of love. Most importantly, she wants to guide her students to tap into the essence of their true and authentic selves.