In Inquiry
In Inquiry
Yoga is at its essence the study of the Self. The path to Self-realization requires inquiry, study and reflection. What are the important questions? Where can I look for answers? What does it all mean?
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8 Reasons Why I Practice and Teach Baptiste Power Yoga

The most important reason I teach this Baptiste yoga is because it makes me happy and it makes my students happy. At the end of my own practice, I am filled with a powerful joy that comes from my very center. After I finish teaching I get to witness this joy in my students. To see a bunch of sweaty, smiling, empowered yogis leaving class brings me more satisfaction than any other job I have ever had. Read More

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Why I Teach Baptiste Yoga

I spent many years dating around in the yoga world. I’d try one style of yoga for a while, then be over it and find something new to satisfy my need for physical and spiritual nourishment. Some of these forays into a certain style of yoga didn’t last past the first date (e.g. Shiva Rea’s Trance Dance) while others went on for years (Ashtanga) and became an important part of my day-to-day life. Even in the long term relationships, though, I always had a sense that the practice was not exactly right for me. While I was deep into the second year of my relationship with Ashtanga, I went on a date with Baptiste Power Vinyasa. Read More

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Celebrating Some Outstanding Yogis


Last night was our 6th Birthday at SPY so we threw ourselves a party. The practice was nice and sweaty and the refreshments were tasty. Just as important as the fun was the opportunity to recognize some the folks who have helped to make SPY the awesome community that it is. Without YOU, this place would not be, so thank you for all that you do to make SPY special. 

If you missed the Yogi Achievement awards, we had some fun. Some of the awards are based on real data, some are just for giggles. All are part of makes our community great. Here is the breakdown:

Highest Class Attendance  2016 (Male)
Cory Weston (446)

Highest Class Attendance 2016 (Female)
Heather Downs (334)

Most Workshops Attended in 2016 (Female)
Liz Howard 

Most Workshops Attended in 2016 (Male)
Robert Rollings

Sweatiest Yogi
Jamie Downs

Most Likely to Come in After Class Starts
Maureen Simmons

Most Likely to Flip a Bird to the Teacher
Chad Mabry

Most Likely to Leave Before Savasana
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Most Enthusiastic New Yogi
Frida Raley

Most Likely to Stand Up in Class to Let the Teacher Know its Too Hot
Miranda Marchant

Most Likely to Kick Up in Handstand
MaryBrooke Sligh

Most Likely to Have Glass of Wine after Yoga
Shari Miltiades

Ninja Award - Takes Classes All the Time and You may Not Even Know it
Jennifer Hale

Best Overall Attitude
Amy Hughes

Most Likely to Hold Hands in Savasana
Patrick and Jennifer Carver
Andres Hernandez and  Sara Simmons

Y'alll make SPY what it is  - a place to work hard, play hard and connect with others. I look forward to at least 6 more years with you.

See you on your mat,
Kate

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Burn away the old. Make space for the new.

A longleaf pine habitat needs fire to survive. Without fire, the seeds can’t germinate, more aggressive plants take over, and new growth is inhibited. Ironically, fire suppression, which was first implemented to protect forests, was actually leading to the extinction of our native longleaf pine forests in and around Savannah.

In the Hindu tradition, Shiva represents this concept. He is the god of creation, destruction and regeneration. He is often pictured dancing in a ring of fire, stepping on a demon, which symbolizes ignorance, and lifting his left leg in an act of creation. He typically has a slight smile on his face, showing calmness despite being immersed in the contrasting forces of the universe.

Faced with fire, we can choose to see ourselves as victims or we can consciously choose to burn away the things that we do not need and make space for something new.

As 2016 ends and 2017 begins, I want to personally invite you to join me in burning away the old and making room for something new.  A regular yoga practice has helped me learn to sit in the intensity of life and resist the urge to flee. Every once in a while I also need to take some time and identify what I want to create and I what I need to leave behind to make space for this new growth.

As we enter the new year, let’s take some time to identify what we need to release and what we are committed to creating for ourselves and others in 2017.

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image source: By Chathurasj (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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Commit to Imperfection

As we near the end of the year, if you’re like me, you start to think about and welcome the clean slate of a new year. For me, 2016 was filled with intensity and the unexpected, so I am ready for 2017.

Before I can start fresh, there are some things I need to process and set free. I come from the corporate world, where reviewing "lessons learned" has always been an important part of closing any project. In my new world I like to think of this process as an “inventory and release”. What have I learned this year and what do I need to release?

If you look up the definition of release, you’ll find: “to set free from restraint, confinement, or servitude.” Where am I restrained and confined? What am I in servitude to? Wow. Lots of things. My fears, my drive for perfection, my desire to make others happy. As I sit here considering what is confining me, I can see that all of these things restrain me in some way. What if this year I could commit to fearlessness and imperfection. Just writing down a commitment to imperfection sounds scary AND sort of beguiling. What if I could just show up and do my best and let others be good enough doing their best? What if I could be in service to my higher self and the greatness of others instead of in servitude to my “shoulds.”

That sounds pretty good to me. I think I’ll start there.

See you on your mat,
Kate