Kat radiates positive energy from the moment you step foot into her classes. Her teachings fuse 20 years experience practicing yoga with philosophy, technical alignment and a heart centered approach.
An avid lover of nature, Kat loves hiking, being outdoors and ongoing studies of psychology, neuroscience and yoga philosophy. She lives in Sydney, Australia where she teaches Retreats and Teacher Trainings locally & internationally in Thailand, Sri Lanka, Hawaii, and Byron Bay. Kat’s teachings empower you strengthen and deepen your practice – on and off the mat.
A TEACHER OF YOGA TEACHERS
Kat has a wealth of knowledge and facilitation experience. She has taught and led Teacher Trainings for some of Australia’s largest and most well-respected yoga studios since 2007.
Kat truly lives her yoga, and loves teaching and helping others discover a path to a life they love – for beginners right through to advanced practitioners and yoga teachers.
Known as one of Australia’s most well-respected yoga Teacher Training facilitators, Kat has trained hundreds of Yoga Teachers since 2014. Kat continually strives to empower her students with boundless courage, compassion and grace.
Yoga is not only a way to move your body. Yoga shapes how we think and act; it ignites power within the body, connection in the heart and stillness in the mind.
Yoga gives us the tools of self awareness and empowerment – and removes the obstacles in order to connect, inspire, love and live your best life.
~ Kat Clayton
KAT’S YOGA JOURNEY
Kat holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology & speaks fluent Spanish. Kat began her yoga journey in 2002 in Colorado, USA as an athlete with a background in dance, snowboarding and running track. After dabbling with yoga on and off for years – Kat walked into her very first Baptiste Vinyasa Yoga class – and was immediately hooked! This ignited a spark of deep curiosity for yoga, travel and learning about the philosophy of yoga.
A life-long lover of learning – Kat made the bold decision to move to Sydney, Australia in 2007. She became manager of a dance studio & a Senior Yoga teacher as well as teacher trainer and Head of Teacher Training for some of Australia’s most well known yoga studios.
“Yoga helps us develop tools to become more self-aware, lighter, and clearer in your mind. It is a place you can always come back to that is steady through the ups and downs. Yoga feels like coming home.”
GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY
Kat’s work emphasis building community and doing something good for yourself – creating a ripple effect into the people and communities around us.
Through her yoga community & studio support, Kat created a fundraiser ‘Ignite Your Power’ at Power Living Australia which raised over $24,000 for Black Dog Institute organising Community Charity events.
Kat was honoured to lead a special yoga program for disabilities at Sunnyfield for 4 years. Kat has taught yoga at Festivals & to over 600+ participants in the Yoga Aid Challenge (raising over 1 million dollars for charity). Kat’s community events and retreats actively contribute and donate resources & support to local community & charities.
“Yoga brings us more than just a strong healthy body and mind, it reminds us of who we really are, and brings clarity, vitality and joy to living a meaningful life.”
GET TO KNOW KAT
A question Kat gets asked a lot is: “Do you do sports?”
I mainly practice yoga but I dabble a bit with running, surfing, triathlons and rock climbing. I love living an active lifestyle. To me movement is life, and life is all about finding balance!
Can you teach me to do a handstand?
Yes, of course! I love helping make the impossible – possible! Helping my students experience steadiness and lightness in a new posture is an amazing thing to witness! I love seeing my students light up and the spark of elation it brings having more confidence and ease in their body and mind.
Working towards more challenging poses strengthens not only our muscles, but our patience, persistence, humility, determination, resilience, compassion and focus.
In the end, it’s not really about achieving the goal or pose — it is all about what you learn and who you become in the process. Most importantly, it’s about the journey. Learning to see where your limitations are, finding lightness & acceptance of where you are at in your unique journey.
What’s one of your favourite quotes?
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Kat derives ongoing inspiration from studies of yoga philosophy, anatomy & physiology and neuroscience. She is deeply grateful to her incredible teachers with centuries of combined wisdom including: Maty Ezraty, Richard Freeman & Mary Taylor, Simon Park, Janet Stone, Baron Baptiste, Kelly Heath-Major, Donna Farhi, Ana Forrest and Georg Feuerstein.
‘The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.’
T. K. V. Desikachar