Katherine Dowdney
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  • Santa Rosa, CA
  • United States
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I am passionate about movement, anatomy, and mindful living; I am a certified yoga instructor (E-RYT), fully trained Pilates instructor and personal trainer - I have attended oodles of trainings that influence my work on a daily basis and I adore sharing it with others. I am excited to be living in Northern California and sharing her work on the west coast. I completely believe strongly in offering guidance toward healing through movement; the key to health resides within each of us. I am also a modern dancer and aspiring writer blogging at www.blissful-body.org. Along with dancing and exploring the practice of yoga, I savor spending time with my husband, Sam, and our dog, Ranger.

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Niyamas - Saucha

The first niyama is saucha or purity. We've all heard the old adage "cleanliness is next to godliness," but creating purity in our life is more that being sure we've showered. Maintain an orderly space around us can bring clarity of thought and respect for our belongings. Bringing mindfulness to our consumption habits: making choices to avoid toxic foods or purchase environmentally friendly products are also forms of bringing purity into our lives. Nourishing our body and soul by…

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Posted on January 19, 2011 at 8:33pm — 3 Comments

Yoga & Non-Greed

Aparigraha is the fifth yama and is defined as "greedlessness." How do we embrace and teach greedlessness is our culture of "stuff" and "more more more"-especially around the season of giving? I think this yama comes last in the list for good reason. As we bring non-harming, truth, non-stealing, and moderation into our lives greed begins to melt away. A sense of abundance and trust envelopes our every day and our perspective shifts. We need not fill our lives with all that "stuff"…

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Posted on December 22, 2010 at 8:00am

Moderation is Key.

Brahmacarya is perhaps one of the most misunderstood yamas. This fourth yama was completely perplexing to me during my 200 hour teacher training - the definition taught to us was "celibacy." Much to the dismay of my partner, I seriously thought that refraining from sex would help me attain a higher understanding of yoga. Well, that didn't last for too long and thankfully that then-boyfriend is now my husband!…

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Posted on December 15, 2010 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Yoga Yama - Asteya

Of course, none of us would ever consider directly stealing from another person or a retail store or anything like that! The third yama is asteya or "non-stealing." How do we apply this in our practice and/or when we teach? One thought that came to mind was avoiding stealing other's ideas as our own. This is interesting to me because I think knowledge is out there to share and… Continue

Posted on December 8, 2010 at 1:21pm — 1 Comment

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