KC took her first yoga class in 1995 to fulfill a General Education requirement in college. She was aware that it was a physical practice, but was pleasantly surprised to discover how yoga helped to reduce her stress and increase her peace of mind. After years of an inconsistent practice, in 2016 she committed to a daily practice and made yoga a priority in her life as a complimentary treatment for anxiety and depression.
During a class she attended the teacher read a quote by Edith Wharton: “In spite of illness, in spite even of the archenemy sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways.” This quote resonated with KC summing up her experience with yoga and how much it had changed her life. Ultimately it inspired her to want to share the gifts of yoga with others. In 2018 KC received her RYT200 from Maria Santoferraro’s Healthy Mind, Body, and Soul training program.
KC believes that yoga is for everybody. In her Vinyasa classes she encourages the use props so students can come into the expression of the asana (yoga pose) that is right for their body on that day. She believes that the asana practice is not about how deep you can come into a posture, it’s about listening to and learning what your body needs. While she enjoys Vinyasa, she is passionate about sharing Restorative yoga with others. In the West we tend to be an “on the go” society. Restorative yoga encourages us to practice focused relaxation by pausing in stillness, releasing muscular tension, and allowing the props to fully support our body.
Aside from family, friends, and her three cats, yoga is the most important thing in KC’s life. Incorporating the other elements of yoga into her daily life, including pranayama (breath awareness), meditation, and the Yamas & Niyamas (yoga ethics), has helped to carry her through many of life’s ups and downs. These practices challenge her to be present in the moment and show up in the world as the best version of herself. When not on her mat KC can be found outside connecting with nature in her garden, walking in the woods, sitting by a fire, stargazing, or reading in a hammock.