Breathing in I calm my body. Breathing out I smile. Dwelling in the present moment, I know this is a wonderful moment.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Kaitlyn Zwagerman, RYT®500 started serving the Southern Vermont community in 2013, sharing the belief that life should be lived with joy, gratitude, and a dedication to being present in the moment. These feelings inform and guide her teachings, which are rooted in helping students better connect to themselves, their communities, and to the rest of the world. Her focus is on tuning students into the sensations of their bodies with an emphasis on realizing, embracing and working with limitations.
Following is a Q&A designed to allow you to get to know a little more about Kaitlyn.
Q: How old were you when you started practicing yoga?
A: My mom had the old Rodney Yee VHS tapes that I used to do with her when I was very young. I really got into yoga when I was at Union college and took weekly classes with an instructor that taught at our athletic center.
Q: Why did you start practicing yoga?
A: To manage stress.
Q: What is your favorite yoga pose?
A: That’s a tough one. I think most of my students would be surprised that my personal favorite posture is a restorative twist over a bolster. (I know you all were thinking something crazy!)
Q: What is your favorite breathing practice?
A: Nauli Kriya (Nauli kryia is a yogic cleansing exercise that involves a rolling movement of the abdominal muscles. It is an advanced technique that is believed to cleanse the internal organs, particularly the digestive organs and small intestines, and tones the core muscles. Yogapedia.com)
Q: What do you like to do when you’re not practicing yoga?
A: Hike, spend time with my kids and husband, paint and make jewelry
Q: What is your favorite song?
A: Indian Moon by State Radio (my wedding song)
Q: Who is your favorite poet? Favorite poem? ‘
A: I am learning how to be a flower’ by Dominique Christina Ashaheed
Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Lemon LuLu cake with fresh berries
Q: Do you have a pet?
A: A dog named Louie and a cat named Roger. Both rescues.
Q: What are three things on your bucket list?
A: Learn to sail, grow a small orchard, retire to a little cottage on a lake
Kaitlyn teaches flow Yoga at 9am on Sunday mornings. Come in and take a class!
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