Kate R. Casey, LMHC, Registered Yoga Teacher (500 hr level)
I was fortunate to have a mother who started doing yoga shortly after it arrived in this country in the 60’s (1960’s not the 1860’s). She read one of the first books on yoga that was available in the United States. I remember her doing ‘stretches’ on the floor in the living room. Fast forward to the 70’s and I was studying yoga (self-taught) and I stayed at that level for many years doing hatha yoga more or less, off and on, until I became a serious student in 2000. At that time I started attending classes and became devoted to my own practice.
I have been a psychotherapist for 30 years (my official title is Licensed Mental Health Counselor) and for the past 14 years I have been studying and practicing yoga with the intention of integrating Purna Yoga into the work I do in psychotherapy. Purna Yoga means whole or complete yoga that includes; alignment-based yoga as taught in the Iyengar tradition, philosophy and meditation as taught by Sri Aurobindo and and The Mother, and the teachings that I have learned from Aadil and Savitri Palkhivala at Alive and Shine Center (for more information on Purna Yoga go to the website for The College of Purna Yoga). In the past 7 years I decided to complete my trainings at the 200 hour and 500 hour levels and to teach in the spirit of joy and for the fun of sharing yoga with others. My belief about yoga is that it is ever evolving and unfolding in ways that continue to lead me towards a growing consciousness of my connection with myself, with others, and with the Universe.
In addition to working as a psychotherapist and teaching yoga I am also the human part of an animal-assisted therapy team. My dog, Honey, who is a soft-coated wheaten terrier, often joins me in my office when I am working and also in my yoga assistant in the gentle yoga class that I teach at The Yoga Lodge on Whidbey Island. Her downward facing dog is unsurpassed in terms of skill and she is an enthusiastic greeter. Honey retired from her role at Evergreen Hospice as an animal-assisted therapy team in 2013 after 7 years of dedication to comforting patients and families dealing with the end of life and to the amazing volunteers and staff who support them. If you or someone you know would benefit from animal-assisted therapy, please contact me.
I look forward to sharing what I have learned and growing with you in the practice of yoga.
Check out my link with Alive and Shine Center.