Meet Kat

Kat | Teacher

200 hour YTT

Fun Fact: We spend our summers in Montana

Hello, Indigo Yogis! What an honor to be chosen as the teacher of the month. My name is Kat. I’m originally from Houston, TX.  I lived in Hawaii for a year while studying for my board exam in nutrition/dietetics and moved to NC in 1999. My husband grew up in Kinston, NC and we have now been joyfully married for 21 years.  We have two fur babies: Abby, a yellow lab, and Buck, a schnauzer. I started teaching group exercise classes (step, cycle, floor, water, slide, Body Pump, etc.) when I was 18 years old and supported myself through college teaching classes and working as a personal trainer.  Currently, I am a Registered Dietitian and Functional Nutritionist and have been in private practice for the past 20 years.

I didn’t take my first yoga class until I was 30 years old … what?! Soon after that I took my first yoga teacher workshop through YogaFit.  I went on to take the first 3 levels of the YogaFit training plus a prenatal and kids yoga certification.  I worked as the group exercise coordinator for ViQuest as well as a wellness dietitian for the hospital wellness program in Greenville, NC for a few years before going into private practice in 2001.  We moved to Raleigh in 2016.  I took my first 200 hour yoga teacher training (YTT) in 2017 and most recently did a second 200 hour YTT with Claudine here at Indigo.

My greatest challenge occurred in April, 2019 when I was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer 1 month before my annual mammogram was due.  That year I endured 2 surgeries and  the most aggressive protocols of chemotherapy and radiation.  I finished all my treatments on March 1, 2020 and am grateful to be cancer free.  Surprisingly, there were many things to be grateful for during that experience including growth in my faith, relationships and resilience.  I’m still processing the cancer journey with the hope of being able to pass encouragement on to others who may be going through something similar.

Favorite Quote: “Not everybody can be famous, but everybody can be great because greatness is determined by service … You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nutrition tip: There’s no one right diet for everyone.  You must consider the unique individual.  Trust your intuition, be your own advocate and always make room for the foods you enjoy!

Love, Light and Namaste’!