Kate Henry

Student level
Yoke Yoga, South Melbourne
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My classes are crafted to move the body and the spirit and so, subtly woven into every breath, every movement, is a teaching chosen to help us awaken in some way. My inspiration comes from yogic texts, lessons I have received from my teachers, poetry, music, nature. I teach wholeheartedly.

Every pose, every cue, every music track, every pulse of prana is humbly offered for the express purpose of moving us closer to happiness and beyond... To truth. We sweat, we breathe, we giggle, we jiggle, we stand proud, we bow humbly, we move through fear and anger and judgment, we burn, we brighten, we grow, we resolve, we affirm, we release, we soften and we return to Grace.

Teaching & Certification

  • 500 hour with Suzanne Slocum-Gori at One Yoga For The People in Vancouver, Canada

Teaching Style

  • Adjustments/Assists: Yes, hands on assists and compassionate touch are part of my offering

  • Theming: Integrating the physical with the spiritual, the Shakti and the Shiva, is what my practice is all about. For me, asana is a chance to experience directly the insights of the yogi seers. To embody the wisdom. Sometimes I'll share some yogic mythology or some of the sacred stories from the yoga tradition, sometimes I'll share some words from a philosopher or teacher I admire, sometimes I'll be moved to share a story from my own life. I've found that even my humble life, reflected upon through the lens of the yogic teachings and investigated with curiosity and openness on the mat, can help make the teachings more accessible and can inspire and uplift.

  • Sequencing: I like to open the body gently and deliberately, to flow a little and then build to a peak of exertion before winding down and closing with a luxurious savasana. Sometimes I'll be inspired to investigate a particular pose, or give more specific attention to a particular body part and the sequence will revolve around that.

  • Music: There's some chilled beats, some folksy, sing-a-long tracks, the occasional 80's throwback and everything in between. And of course, a bit of Baba Hanuman!

On & Off the Mat With: Kate Henry

As a yoga teacher, what inspires and motivates your teaching?

Sharing breath and movement in a vibing room full of hot, sweaty, inspired and inspiring yogis makes me feel alive. But it’s the stuff that happens below the surface in those sticky, dripping, challenging moments on the mat...the making peace with and loving my own humanity is what brings me closer to understanding my own auspiciousness. When I teach, it's this that inspires me. This to me, is yoga.

How has your own yoga practice evolved since becoming a teacher?

I love to be guided and to learn and so my practice is always just me, doing my best to listen. It's not so different now that it ever was... You'll find me giggling and falling and flailing around most days beside you in a class or at home on the grass.

Do you have any yoga teachers that you admire and/or look up to? Who are they?

So many! In Melbourne, I love Chris Wilson, Ryan Mannix, Amy Coghlan, Em Maidment, Blanche Alexander, Kristiarne Wilson and all the Yoke teachers, Jessie Fenech, Monica Aurora, Duncan Parviainen and the list goes on! From elsewhere, Suzanne Slocum-Gori, Ryan Leier, Christine Price Clark, Gloria Latham, Deb Langley, Cassie Lee, Alli Shafer, Mara Branscombe, Eoin Finn, Janet Stone, Rod Stryker... Have you got all day? So many teachers I admire!

For those of us that haven't practiced with you before, what can we expect from your classes?

Kickass asana with interesting alignment cues, intelligent sequencing, movement with breath and fresh, inspiring conversation that takes us right into the heart.

Integrating the physical with the spiritual, the Shakti and the Shiva, is what my practice is all about.

What type of class could you teach all day, everyday and why?

Vinyasa! I love to flow. Music and movement make my heart sing.

Do you practice any other form of movement or fitness besides yoga? If so, what kind?

Pilates, Hiking, Bike Riding, jumping on my trampoline with my little people...

What's your go-to spot in Melbourne to get inspired?

I love the Botanical Gardens or if I can't get there, I'll ride along the beach in bayside.

Which 3 icons or figures would you want to sit next to at a dinner party and why?

Krishnamurti, Oprah, James Corden - insight, inspiration and warmhearted humour!

Finish this sentence. "I feel the most like myself when..."

I'm rolling through pretty, quiet streets on my bike with my favourites.

And lastly because it's fun, what animal do you identify with?

Bear... I love the idea of hibernating in a cave, snuggled down with my cubs and emerging in the Spring to drink in the beauty and feel the warmth of the sunshine and splash in the running streams. And snacking on fresh honey and berries!

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