Welcome! I am Kate Southward and I provide one on one Yoga Coaching, classes and workshops in Auckland, New Zealand.
My goal is to add more value to your world than you ever dreamed possible by giving you tools that you can immediately use to improve your life. Translation?
I'm here to make you rich.
Being rich means unlocking your spiritual potential, nurturing your health and happiness and using your unique talents to change the world.
In today's modern world, stress levels can be difficult to manage as we juggle the demands that friends, family and careers bring.
A regular and simple meditation and yoga practice can help to naturally relieve these stresses and help create more space in your life for enjoyment and bliss.
After finishing my degree at Victoria University I worked as a school teacher and then went on to work in online publishing.
Although there were aspects of this work I enjoyed I often felt unfulfilled and resentful, which showed up in my body as tension and in my life as disappointment.
In 2006 I started a regular yoga asana practice (the physical part!) in Sydney, following on from this in 2010 I received my first meditation technique in London.
Through these regular practices I started awakening to the reality that I alone, not anyone else, was responsible for my own happiness, and the untapped reservoir of creativity and potential that lays within - a reservoir we can all learn how to access.
The positive shifts in my experience have been magical.
These experiences inspired me to become a teacher and share this knowledge with others.
Since starting on this journey I have been provided world class learning opportunities. In 2012 I trained under Australia's premier Yoga Teacher Training school 'Yoga Coach' with my teacher Mark Breadner.
I also completed hundreds of hours of assisting teachers at Sydney's esteemed Body Mind Life studio, going on to teach there and other top Sydney yoga schools.
Through out my travels I have practised under and taken workshops with some of the best yoga and meditation teachers in the world, however ultimately have come to appreciate that the best teacher we have is already within us.
With my experience and growing understanding of the inner self I have set about developing a coaching program within the wider science of yoga to help support my clients to reach their highest potential.
Whether you are a first time mum, nervous about the birth of your child or an overwhelmed corporate, crippled by fatigue, my unique coaching system is a powerful investment in you.
By following my own methods I continue to grow my own energy container. Every day is a constant practice of being 'on purpose'.
Of course as Sonny & Cher so eloquently put it in their 70's hit single 'A cowboy's work is never done'.
I am not a monk, living in solitude, surviving on oxygen alone and meditating 24 hours a day. I am a kiwi mum, raising a young family in Auckland, heavily involved with my friends, family and community. Meditation and yoga are my support team and they are excellent employees! Let me show you how they can work for you too.
Please feel free to call me for a chat about what your looking for and also check out the 'Yoga Coaching' or 'Workshop' pages to view various courses I offer.
I like to remind myself from time to time through life - the good times, the hard times, the maintenance times - of this truth: well-being is our natural state.
You only need to look at a young infant to observe this. Blissfully unaware of the ego, young children are totally present in the now and not caught up in the past or an imagined future. When babies sit up for the first time, even as young as seven months old, their spines are straight as arrows.
As I write this my son is crawling and learning to walk, most days my partner and I struggle to keep up with him. You'll often hear parents lament "they're in to everything!". Eternally curious, young children have not blocked-off access to their natural energy and well-being.
As adults if we allowed our natural well-being:
We would hardly ever be ill or have accidents
We would thrive everyday doing something we didn't consider "work" and be abundantly successful doing it
If we sought a loving relationship, that person would arrive perfectly on-time
All the while accessing an ever flowing, abundant energy source. An energy that you could choose to direct in to any creative project that your heart so desired.
The practice of yoga is the work that will reconnect you with this innate energy.
For most westerners yoga is a physical practice with a spiritual component. Actually the opposite is true: yoga is a spiritual practice with a small physical component.
Many of my new students will begin by exclaiming 'I'm not flexible enough to practise yoga!' however this is not in the slightest bit important. All we are requiring of the body is to open gently, mobilising the joints safely and returning to a state of flow and well-being.
Coaching with me is not a lesson in gymnastics. My students come from all walks of life: parents, business people, university students, healers. I work with the body where it's at, from beginners to the more experienced.
Yoga is an ancient science which has been practised for more than 6000 years. I do not use the word science flippantly here. If we view our lives as the experiment and start introducing regular yoga - the whole practice: asana (posture), meditation (attention) pranayama (breath energy) - the positive results in your life will shock you.
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Or feel free to call me on +64 21 195 0220.