Kate Stone: RYT 200 Yoga Teacher & Writer

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Bio:

My name is Kate Stone. I want my body to do the most it can. I want to live fully, and that means moving fully. Spatial awareness has a profound impact on not only how we relate to others, but how we relate to ourselves and anything we touch. I teach, and write, to give people a sense of their parameters. So they know how to push their limits and move efficiently with and around others. So we can connect how we move to how we think and find all of those commonalities. We can all be better for it.

Originally from Indiana, I got my first certification in Chicago in 2010. In 2011, I moved to Boston and continued to learn and teach. I relocated to Los Angeles in September 2017 for sun and adventures, and so much yoga. Previously an ACSM-accredited personal trainer, I am currently a Yoga Alliance RYT-200 teaching mostly Power Vinyasa, with additional certifications in Yoga Sculpt, Hip Hop Yoga, and Hot Power Fusion. As a writer, I have been published in Mantra Magazine, Elephant Journal, Rebelle Society, Recovering Yogi, Yoganonymous, and others.

What do I do best?

I synthesize information well. I realize this sounds fantastically boring, but it is what gives me some weight as both a writer and a yoga teacher. To be able to observe and collect moments, let them sit, and then pull their similarities together is how we make connections to our world. It is how I find humanity in everything.

What makes me the best version of myself?

What has predominantly gotten me to where I am is a tremendous work ethic. A hustle. I think the positive spin on that is a sense of determination, but what makes me the best version of myself is how that blind determination regularly sends me out of my comfort zone without much thought or worry. There’s no room for anything other than “figure it out.”

What are my aspirations?

Jen Pastiloff talks about how, at the end of it all, she would like to be able to say, “I have done love.” As far as personal goals go, I think that’s the best you can aim for. And as far as business goals, I do think it has to involve some of the same sentiment.

In the immediate future, I’m growing my yoga business within my new Los Angeles community, and plan to expand my teaching to include more workshop-based curriculum across the country. I had put writing on a back burner while I figured out my cross-country move, but I’m ready to amp that up again. I’m currently looking to find a literary agent for a book proposal.  

My Biggest Success?

Most recently, moving from Boston to LA without really missing a beat in my career or personal relationships. But I also don’t usually look back too far or too wistfully - it’s hard for me to embody anything other than what I am at the moment. And I’m always hopeful that the next success is the biggest success. I hope that never changes.

My Most Challenging Moment?

When I finished teaching in the classroom in Chicago and slowly transitioned into both museum education and personal training, I had this identity crisis about how I could make a difference in the world. For me, and for many of us, the idea of creating change comes at a cost to personal joy and I felt an inordinate amount of guilt for making my own life easier before making anything else better. It has taken me a while to come to terms with this, but at the heart of it is that the world will be better if there is joy in it, and if I have joy it is more likely I can do something productive with it.

My Motto?

Do no harm but take no shit.

My Favorite People/Role Models?

The people I keep in my life are all my favorite people with no exceptions. I look up to my younger brother as a hallmark for intellectual curiosity and all-around good humanism. My parents are dynamic and warm and funny and aware. People who pass along their good fortune and raise others up are people I aspire to be. Any teacher I’ve ever had. Anyone who asks me an interesting question or challenges my answer.

My Favorite Places/Destinations?

Paris. NYC. My hometown. Where I live now. Fenway Park. I have a few places I need to visit.

My Favorite Products/Objects?

MacBook Air laptop computer - the best computer I have ever had

Fresh Lip Sugar - I rarely wear makeup and barely ever wear lipstick, so even though this is basically clear chapstick, it’s worth it for me

Passion Planner - I have to have a paper planner to keep up with my schedule, and this one has room enough for a weird 6am-10pm schedule like mine, plus room to write to-do lists, sketches, and budgeting. Not to mention their strong focus on goal-setting!

My Current Passions?

Drawing  (you can find some of my stuff on etsy)

Reading

Hiking

Writing & Yoga, duh

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