Kat Fowler on innovation in yoga
NYC yoga teacher Kat Fowler shares her perspective on where yoga is headed, her hope for the future, and her tool for motivating her practice. Watch the full interview at yogajournal.com/katfowler
We’re at an amazing intersection of western medical knowledge and ancient eastern practices.
The more therapeutic and anatomical sides of yoga are becoming known because there are so many people in the medical field that have seen the benefits of the practice with their patients. We’re lucky to have medical professionals that want to devote time and research into incorporating yoga with western medicine.
As a teacher of movement you should be educated in the body,
and that wasn’t always required. I don’t think you need to be a doctor to teach yoga; that’s not our job. But I do think it’s extremely helpful to be knowledgeable about physiology and anatomy when working with students.
Essential oils help you get “into the zone” to practice.
I typically like Peppermint towards the beginning of practice and Lavender towards the end. Over time, you begin to associate the scent with the feeling of your practice. On those moments when you might not be in the mood to practice every day, the smell of essential oils will get you there – “Oh, I remember how good I feel when I do this.”
I love using Nature’s Truth® essential oils
because their oils are 100% pure. I use essential oils topically quite a bit, their Focus Roll-On is great because it’s already mixed with a base oil. It’s comforting to know that what’s going on my body is what I see on the label. My new love is their mist product. I walk into the studio and I can refresh the space with the Lavender Mist. Muscle Ease ™ Mist is also perfect for after practice because it has this nice cooling effect on your muscles, like my shoulders and neck.
My hope for yoga is that it becomes more integrated into daily life.
With the popularity of yoga continuing to grow, ideally it will become more and more integrated within medical and school systems. College in particular is a great environment for yoga to spread. College students are at an age where people are thinking for themselves and making choices about how they want to live their lives. One day we’ll see yoga programs as mandatory in hospitals and schools.