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Alice Kim

WHAT DREW YOU TO KATONAH YOGA?

The practice is both utterly practical and delightfully magical. Practical as we come together to get better information through contact, good technique and repetition, gaining the ability to make a different choice. Magical in that we fit ourselves to the archetypes of nature using our imagination to bring it to life in our bodies. Ultimately experiencing the intersection of both, when the practical becomes magical and the magical becomes practical.

HOW HAS KATONAH YOGA CHANGED YOUR PRACTICE & TEACHING?

Katonah Yoga helps me unlock vaults in my body, demands that I use myself more efficiently, and reveals physiological holding patterns in my forms that echo in my psychology. This is a practice and its revelations, for me, are a forever thing.  It's for life.  I believe I've become a better teacher because I've become a better student and a more conscious human.  I'm interested in doing this work for the insight, for the joy it supplies, for the changes it brings to my life.  I think that comes through in my teaching.

HOW HAVE YOU SEEN KATONAH YOGA CHANGE STUDENTS?

I believe that this stuff needs to be experienced physically in order for it to land in the psychology, so for me, the best is when we're in class, in a pose where there's like five of us adjusting a student and you feel the student drop in to their body and lose their investment in the way they were holding it all together.  They'll suddenly get a rush of color to the face, a deeper breath, and a lightness in their eyes, it's as though they've finally landed in their body. Everyone in the room can feel it.  Those are the big ah-hah moments for me as a student and teacher and its when I know that they're having a big experience that will change their approach to everything.