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Kate Szkiel

Hot Yoga, Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga Teacher
Hot, yin and restorative yoga teacher Kate Szkiel

I went to my first hot yoga class mainly because I needed to warm up (it was late November...).

I went to my first hot yoga class mainly because I needed to warm up (it was late November...). I constantly fell in love with it and I found myself in classes nearly every day, discovering the discipline of Bikram sequence, the flow of Vinyasa and the power of Ashtanga. I was fascinated with the sounds of Sanskrit and completely shocked with my first meditation experience. I started looking into the philosophy of yoga. I figured out I have been unknowingly following the path of yoga since my childhood and I continued my informal studies. When fellow students started asking me for advice on their practice in the lockers I decided to become a teacher. During my training I started having spine problems, and I had to give up my physical practice completely for nearly a year. It was then when I discovered Yin Yoga, style that allowed me to get back to work on my flexibility without causing more injuries. As Yin is mainly a practice of letting go, I finally began to accept my physical condition. I think that is what made me a teacher and practitioner I am now. While I value progress and work on self improvement, I focus on awareness of personal limits and work within them. I developed strong understanding of struggles my students go through every day and I have deep compassion for everyone suffering on physical or mental level. Lately it came to light I most likely have AS, which is most likely why I avoid conventional training :) In foreseeable future I am planning to learn more about autism and start classes for people affected by it.