Grab a copy of Yoga Journal Singapore – New edition hits the stands on Dec 15!
Cover Model, Kat Fowler, illustrates asanas that activate your seven chakras. Below, she converses with YJ Senior Editor, Meghan Rabbit.
I was like the spiritual version of a trust-fund kid growing up. My parents met at an ashram, where I lived until I was 2 years old. I grew up around Eastern philosophy and spirituality—but when you’re 14 and your parents tell you to do some- thing, you run the other way. When I was 19, I found my way back to my spiritual roots—this time because I chose the lifestyle—and like the trust fund kid who realizes all the luxuries and advantages she had from the start, I saw how blessed I was to have been exposed to such wisdom starting at an early age. By the time I was 24 years old, I had done 15 teacher trainings. I was hooked.
I transformed from mischievous teen to awakened young adult after breaking up with my first love. I was heartbroken. I didn’t go out for months. My mom kept urging me to try a yoga class. I finally took one. That’s when I started walking down this new path.
I’ve been lucky to study with some of the best teachers on both the Eastern and Western sides of yoga. My teacher Dharma Mittra is fully ensconced in the classical practices of the eight limbs of yoga, and I gained so much from his commitment to teaching the ancient texts. On the Western side, working with Tiffany Cruikshank was almost like learning physical therapy. I got the best of both worlds.
I love New Yorkers. I live and teach in New York City, and we are driven, ambitious people who walk fast, talk fast, and get annoyed when people are slow. Within this hard-charging intensity, there’s a collective energy. So my goal when I’m teaching 50 to 60 people is to ground their energy and remove some of the excess. I love watching the energy shift from anxious and stressed to calm and kind. Yoga is like a tuning fork, and suddenly everyone is hitting the right note.
My guilty pleasure is Nutella right out of the tub with a spoon. I’ve also been known to stay up really late for a good Netflix binge.