It’s not rare, the idea that yoga transforms one’s life. For those of you who have tried but not fallen into yoga, you’ll remember constant conversations buzzing around fitness that yoga offers a ‘clarity and calmness’ that is unparalleled to any other workout. It’s one of those things that all yogis rave about but one never fully understands until it has happening to them. Well, it happened to Kate Kendall. From party girl to committed yogi, Kate has given herself wholeheartedly to yoga and has reaped all the good vibes that come with it.
How did you first discovery yoga?
Out of sheer laziness. I’d just come back from living in the UK, where I did nothing but party with zero exercise. I thought yoga would be a good way to ‘ease’ my way back into fitness but little did I realise how much I’d sweat and strengthen as well as improve sleep, focus, digestion and mobility. The real gold, I found, was in the mental clarity.
Did you ever want to do anything other than what you’re doing now?
When I was a kid I wanted to be a marine biologist or an Olympic swimmer, but until yoga, there was nothing I did where I would think, ‘This is it. This is what I want to give my whole heart to.’ I’d battled with depression before yoga and thought I would just ‘cope’ on anti-depressants for the rest of my life, but yoga became my medicine and within a month and a half of consistent practice, I was off the meds’. I just knew from then I wanted to make something of yoga; share it and live its’ philosophies.
“Remember that you’re never lost or in need of fixing. You’re right where you’re meant to be and from the confusion and turmoil often comes the greatest clarity.“
For those who don’t know you personally, I’ll state here that you’re a very kind and gentle soul. Have you always been that way or is this something you’ve learned through your practice?
Thank you. I guess I’ve always considered myself to be a good mate and listener and although I may be able to ‘show up fully’ when I teach large groups (sometimes up to 600-1000 for Flow After Dark Silent Yoga Disco or other big events), I’d consider myself an introvert so need plenty of time on my own and in nature to recharge and maintain that ’softness’.
But it’s taken me a long time to realise that’s what I need. After the first year of opening Flow Athletic I was exhausted; mentally and physically. I was adrenally fatigued and wasn’t being kind to myself at all, mostly by putting a lot of pressure on myself. So I started to develop tools to help me slow down and savour moments more fully; to live wholeheartedly. This philosophy I called, The Space Between, and I’ve developed an e-course around it (watch this space). It’s essentially for busy people who feel unfulfilled and way off course and have forgotten how to live, how to find joy in the everyday and how to connect with themselves and others. I’m really excited about sharing it with as many people as possible.
What is the most fulfilling aspect of your life?
Knowing that in some way, after a yoga class, I have helped provide a space for that person to feel more connected to themselves – connection changes everything.
What life advice do you have for those who are a little lost on their journey?
Remember that you’re never lost or in need of fixing. You’re right where you’re meant to be and from the confusion and turmoil often comes the greatest clarity. You’ll look back one day, connect the dots so-to-speak, and see that it was all as planned.
And there’s a quote by Rumi that I love when I’m feeling disconnected: “Live as if the world is rigged in your favour.” So whatever’s up, it’s all part of the plan.
Some practical tips though:
– Eat clean and nourish, especially when you’re feeling down.
– Maintain your yoga practice or fitness regime. I know it can feel hard when you’re feeling disconnected but it only takes one practice or gym session to get you back in the swing!
– Remember who makes you happy and hang out with them – especially the ones that give you a good belly laugh
– What inspires you? Write a list and make time for them each week.
Where to from here?
I’m looking forward to creating more soul-expanding experiences for our Flow Athletic community and to share my The Space Between program with my Active Yogi community – It’s a game changer. In between all of this, I’m excited for some more travel. Peru in November with my Mum, Hawaii and Italy next year and hopefully a few more cheeky little trips in between.
Images by Nicholas Tsindos