Kate O’Donnell began yoga by accident in South India at age 20. Ten extended trips to India and 15 years studying the wisdom traditions of the sub-continent support Kate’s understanding of Ayurveda and Yoga. After years of dedication to the Ashtanga system, Kate has experienced great benefit from this practice and was authorized by her teacher Sharath Jois to teach the Primary and Intermediate series of Ashtanga yoga. She is working through advanced series in her annual trips to the K Patthabi Jois Ashtanga Institute in India.
Kate O’Donnell offers this tradition at Down Under School of Yoga in the “Mysore Style”, as Ashtanga Yoga is taught in the city of its origins. Kate’s morning classes are appropriate for all levels from total beginners to advanced, encouraging a self-reliant and therapeutic yoga practice. Students can expect individual attention, hands-on assists and learn the Ashtanga sequence daily, at their own pace, always progressing. Thursday night “led” class, Kate teaches a simpler portion of the primary series, focusing on the “vinyasa”, rhythmic breath and movement system that makes the body flow. Kate has been teaching Ashtanga yoga in Boston for 8 years, and often turns down travel offers in order to remain present for her local community and personal practice. Kate is always grateful to the Jois family for their teachings, Nancy Gilgoff on Maui, and the therapeutic works of Eddie Modestini and Nicki Doane.
The study and practice of Ayurveda, India’s ancient healing system, is an integral part of Kate’s yoga teaching and lifestyle. Kate believes how we take care of the body, mind and senses is central to enjoying balance and evolution in life and yoga. Her personal healing with a doctor in India led to a love for Ayurveda and inspired her to pursue studies at the Kripalu School of Ayurveda. As a Certified Ayurvedic Consultant and Yoga Specialist, Kate teaches diet and lifestyle workshops and seasonal cleansing programs at Down Under School of Yoga, as well as retreats abroad. Her teaching aims to help others come closer to their true nature. Illuminating self-knowledge through Ayurveda, Yoga and Community keeps Kate inspired.