“Yin Yoga with Soundbath” Joshua Tree, CA 2018 (photo by  Carly Valentine )

“Yin Yoga with Soundbath” Joshua Tree, CA 2018 (photo by Carly Valentine)

about Katherine.

born and raised in California, Katherine’s motivation to learn German to speak with her Oma in her first language led her overseas for the first time in 2009. the diverse and vibrant lifestyle of Berlin hooked her and she has been hopping back & forth ever since.

Katherine was introduced to the physical practice of yoga asana during her college days at UC Davis. She worked part-time as a Building Supervisor for the Rec Center on campus and started taking the free yoga classes offered here taught by another student. Having danced and played sports all her life up until then, the sheer newness of this physical activity got her curious and she started looking for more of it outside of the campus Group-Exercise room.

In 2011 she started going to Power Yoga at Fit House in downtown Davis and Zuda Yoga in Sacramento. In her final Quarter of studying she took on an extra course that piqued her interest—a Religious Studies course on Buddhism. During this time she was still working part-time at the gym and to counterbalance her stacked schedule she found herself going to Power Yoga with her favorite teacher Wendy McCaskill every night to check out. It was toward the end of one of these Power classes that her teacher instructed them to hold a pose for what seemed like forever. Suddenly Katherine was crying with her head hanging down and she didn’t understand why. Till then, her understanding of “yoga” was something physical and challenging mentally, but certainly not emotional. She called her mom afterward to share the experience and realized the emotional release felt neither good nor bad. The Buddhism course was flipping her world on its head as she started understanding that things could just “be.” She asked her teacher later what this pose was that brought her to tears and Wendy told her it was a “Yin” pose called Frog. This time in her life was the catalyst for a shift in her lifestyle, an unraveling of a former way of thinking and perceiving the world—and she also knew that eventually, she would share Yin Yoga with others.

Fast forward a few years later and she has now completed a few trainings that have given her a better foundation to put words to the experience.

education & trainings.

  • BS, Managerial Economics — University of California, Davis (Minors in Global & International Studies, German)

  • Professional Sequence in Editing — UC Berkeley Extension

  • 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training with Libby Cox (2013)

  • 50-hour Yin Yoga with Bernie Clark and Diana Batts (2016)

  • Unit 1 “Anatomical Foundations of Yin Yoga” with Paul & Suzee Grilley (2018)

  • 60-hour Yoga Nidra with Jana Roemer (2018)

  • Yoga Nidra Script Writing Course with Jana Roemer (Dec 2018–Jan 2019)

future trainings.

  • Yoga Nidra Script Writing Course with Jana Roemer (Aug–Sep 2019)

  • Relax and Renew Level 1: Learning to Teach Restorative Yoga with Judith Lasater (July 2020)