On Energy and Staying Grounded
Yoga Journal cover model and NYC teacher Kat Fowler, shares her thoughts on the city she loves and staying grounded with an energetic teaching and travel schedule.
Q: What’s your favorite thing about living and teaching in NYC?
A: I love the diversity and culture here! There are people from every part of the world, making it a global melting pot of interesting culture and open-mindedness. There are more yoga studios, healing centers and vegetarian restaurants than you can imagine, which is perfect for a city that is so heavily focused on work.
Q: How does the energy of NYC affect how you teach?
A: Greatly! As a teacher, my job is to assess the energy of the students in front of me at that moment, along with the energy of the day/week/season/weather, and give each person what they need to return to a healthy, calm and peaceful state. New Yorkers are notorious for being in “go-mode” all day. When a student is able to fully “drop in” and leave feeling in touch with themselves, I’ve done my job.
Q: How do you stay healthy and grounded while traveling?
A: I always bring vitamins, plant protein powder, my travel yoga mat, some sage, my favorite healing crystals, and essential oils. Nature’s Truth ® has these roll-ons and mist sprays that are great for traveling because they are so small you can bring them anywhere. Before I teach, I meditate for at least 10 minutes to ground myself and my energy. After teaching, I love to put peppermint oil on my pulse points and temples to refresh and recharge my energy. Every night I use Lavender on the soles of my feet to help me unwind.
Q: What are your happy-inducing guilty pleasures?
A: I love NY pizza and Nutella, haha! The yoga community is extremely healthconscious, but sometimes to an extreme. As practitioners we know the benefit of remaining flexible, and I believe that extends to the rest of life as well. It is normal, healthy and HUMAN to indulge occasionally without guilt.