Olive Yoga: Interview with Yoga Expert Kathryn Budig

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A few weeks ago, I participated in a yoga class called “Seriously Zen” that was taught by yoga expert, Kathryn Budig. After this 50 minute class, I was transformed! I felt lighter and less stressed. I felt more open and the need to keep s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g, both physically and mentally! I reached out to Kathryn via email to thank her for lifting my spirit. She was kind and gracious to answer several questions that I included in my thank you note. For those of you who haven’t heard of Kathryn, she is an an international yoga teacher and writer who created Aim True Yoga and co-founded of Poses for Paws. She has been featured in Yoga Journal, Women’s Health, The New York Times, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal…and now she can even add OliveOyl.com to her extensive media list.

Olive: How long have you been practicing yoga?

Kathryn: Thirteen years.

Olive: When did you become a teacher?

Kathryn: I started teaching directly after my Teacher Training at Yogaworks in Santa Monica in 2004.

Olive: You are known for your challenging handstands and poses. Do you have a favorite pose?

Kathryn: I absolutely love Handstand and Crow Pose as far as challenging poses go. They push me to my edge but also keep me playful and lighthearted because no matter how balanced you are, you’re bound to fall at some point. As far as more restorative postures go, I really love a long Single Pigeon hip opener hold.

Photo credit: Jasper Johal

Photo credit: Jasper Johal

Olive: What is your philosophy or mantra to which you strive for or follow?

Kathryn: My life mantra is ‘aim true.’ It is derived from the imagery Artemis, the Greek goddess of the hunt. I teach my students how to keep their aim true by pursuing what makes their heart beat regardless of circumstance knowing that they’ll always hit their mark when their intention is pure and they do their best.

Olive: You have traveled the world teaching yoga. What is your favorite place to visit?

Kathryn: So many! New Zealand is epic and exciting. It’s one big adventure. Santorini is absolutely magical and you can understand where the Greek poets got their inspiration from. Maui also happens to be one of my favorite places to visit and it’s also where I was proposed to.

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Photo credit: Daniel Stark

Olive: Congratulations on your engagement! That is wonderful news! Speaking of love, you are an animal lover and advocate. Tell us more about Poses for Paws.

Kathryn: I co-created Poses for Paws after realizing how easy it is as a yoga teacher to give back. We started off teaching donation classes and now hold events as well as sponsor others around the globe who hold Poses for Paws events. I also have products through ToeSox and Tiny Devotions that give back to Poses for Paws, which is currently supporting the Beagle Freedom Project. At the end of the day, I hope people look at us and become inspired to want to give back as well.

Olive: What is the Aim True Challenge and how can Olive Oyl fans participate?

Kathryn: I’m hosting an #AimTrueChallenge on my Kathryn Budig Pinterest board where people can post their version of my challenge pose. I’m not looking for perfect poses, just creativity and really letting your personally shine through. You can email your photo to AimTrueChallenge@gmail.com then encourage people to ‘like’ your photo to win! Prizes are coming from Under Armour, ZICO Coconut Water, ToeSox and a signed copy of my Women’s Health Big Book of Yoga.

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About Kathryn Budig

KBHeadshotKathryn Budig is jet-setting yoga teacher, who teaches online at Yogaglo. She is the Contributing Yoga Expert for Women’s Health Magazine, Yogi-Foodie for MindBodyGreen, creator of Gaiam’s Aim True Yoga DVD, co-founder of Poses for Paws and author of Rodale’s The Women’s Health Big Book of Yoga. Follow her on Twitter; Facebook; or on her website. Come on retreat with her in Stowe, Vermont this October for yoga, archery + outdoor beauty via The Travel Yogi. (Photo credit: Ture Lillegraven)

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