More than 20 years ago I was very pregnant with our second child, stressed and exhausted. Mountains were becoming mole hills and I needed to do something. I had practiced yoga, deep relaxation and visualization for more than 10 years but I needed a bit more.
Late one Saturday afternoon I went to The Relaxation Centre of QLD to their 30 minute Deep Relaxation class. They still run that class today.
We sat in chairs and I spent the next 30 mins watching my thoughts come and go across my mind, trying really hard not to fall asleep or worse, out of the chair.
Of course I thought I hadn’t done it properly but when I left I felt amazing, energized and calm at the same time. Needless to say I was hooked and I started a daily practice. I established a routine pretty quickly, some days I fell asleep, most days I didn’t and while I wasn’t sure if I was doing it right, I continued to practice and it felt good. I went back to the Relaxation Centre a few weeks later and when I explained to my teacher Marge what was happening in my practice she replied “darling you are meditating.” Happy days!
The accumulative effects of my daily practice were obvious to me and to those around me, the mole hills were no longer becoming mountains, they remained insignificant mole hills. This meditation thing was a very effective way to manage my emotional stress.
From that starting point, over the years, I have attended lots of meditation workshops and classes and I have tried different ways to meditate. Since completing my International Teachers Association (IYTA) Diploma in 2005, I have taught a number of Yoga and Meditation Classes. I am really passionate about teaching Mindfulness as anyone can do it – yes really! No special equipment, gadgets or clothes are required, it’s portable and today more than ever we need to find our centre of calm within, let go of judgments and just be. Mindful living grounds me in the here and now.
I have a strong interest in mindful stress management, holistic therapies and self-empowerment.
My interests include living an intuitive life, sewing, travel, photography, solitary time and reading though I rarely finish a Fiction book.
Currently I live in Brisbane with my husband and three teenage sons.
Since completing her International Yoga Teachers Association (I.Y.T.A) Diploma in 2005, she has taught a number of yoga and meditation classes. Kate holds a Mindfulness Diploma from The Centre of Excellence, has completed The Power of Awareness online training course with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield and has completed Reiki Level 1 & 2 training.