Kind words from others...
ZOOM YOGA CLASSES
Before, I hadn’t really been in the habit of properly practicing yoga at home. I’d get to the studio, do the class and tick, that’s me done. Not anymore. I’m making room for it. And I don’t just mean balancing my laptop on the piano. I’m making room inside of me. There is unknowingness everywhere so I guess the fact that I’m letting go into something new is not surprising. But it’s the quality of what I’m receiving from your teaching, so up close, and in my home. That is why I think it’s landing inside of me.
- Louise S.(May 2020)
Can't believe how much better my body and mind feel after just two weeks of practice with you. Very calming, centering, energising, lengthening, strengthening and opening - I really can feel it.
- Naomi S. (April 2020)
Your Zoom classes have provided a great experience and I am really enjoying the quality of practise, especially with no rushing around before and after class with commuting! I can really savour the relaxed and calm sensations after the class.
- Helen L. (May 2020)
As a granny in my 70s I had known Kate for some time as a friend of my daughter. I decided to come back to yoga during this pandemic and I am so glad to have done so. Kate has included me in her zoom lessons with others and I have done private yoga classes. The blessing for me is CHAIR yoga. It has been amazing. Kate and her students have welcomed me into her general classes and I feel so much better and positive my posture is improving all the time and also my strength. I can’t recommend Kate highly enough. She never pressurises and works with you at your own comfort level and with safety and respect. I love her classes !!!
- Jennie B. (June 2020)
I look forward to every practice and to seeing familiar faces. Every practice is different and equally enjoyable and benefiting. Slow pace and clear instructions and guidance with no pressure and judgement makes me relaxed and lost in practice. I truly appreciate your patience and understanding. Although I like the atmosphere in the studio, I equally enjoy the comfort of my living room and I think I don't miss a thing.
- Slavica S. (June 2020)
During the Covid-19 pandemic, Kate’s classes have been the one of the few things that have kept me level and sane, and she has been of the utmost support and excellence during this period of transitioning her classes to the online model. In my 10 years of doing yoga with Kate, I have yet to find a teacher who can match her all round skill-set and beautiful, kind personality.
- Lizzie B. (June 2020)
Kate’s yoga has been a lifesaver during lockdown. I practice in my daughter’s nursery and it’s so nice to be there during the day, instead of the middle of the night! I’ve resisted yoga for years, but Kate’s calm and steady voice always teaches me something new, and gives something to think about. Her focus on movements and stretches for the back, shoulders and wrists have been perfect for someone like me who spends most of my time on one screen or another.
- Adriana M. (June 2020)
Online yoga classes with Kate have been so good for my physical and mental health during these months at home. Kate has created a real sense of community for those taking part, and brings energy and inspiration to every class. The tailored playlists are fantastic, and support both the inner and outer work of yoga.
- Alex G. (June 2020)
Although nothing beats a hot room where we are all practising together in real time, none of the wonderful uniqueness of Kate’s teaching has been lost as her classes have gone online. She remains an exceptional, generous and always inspiring teacher.
Stephen Pelton, choreographer and dance teacher, London (June 2020)
Your teaching has influenced and influences me in ways I couldn’t have imagined. Your classes are a perfect balance of what body, mind and spirit need which allows me to align/re-align with myself whenever I feel the need to, whenever like becomes a bit too overwhelming... either because of the journeys we undertake or the experiences we experience which affect us all in many various ways of course (Covid19 is the perfect example!)
- JT T. (June 2020)
Yoga with Kate goes beyond simply learning and practising a relaxing class of helpful excellent postures. Kate’s entire approach to life, and to her yoga practice is one that is comprehensive holistic, emotionally rich, mentally soothing and highly impactful. Her carefully chosen, thought-out sequences and postures are both familiar and entirely new, giving one the feeling of constant evolvement, whilst building a solid foundation. The effect is that it helps the gentle revitalising of the soul.
- Lizzie B. (June 2020)
I’ve been taking Kate’s class for about eight years now—she has always been a very inspiring teacher to practice with. As a dance artist, I was quite surprised to learn that Kate doesn’t come from a choreography background as, along with the clarity of her approach, her sequencing is always incredibly beautiful and sophisticated. This has only become more true since she trained in Yoga Synergy a few years ago. Introducing this very particular method into her London practice was quite a risky step with students who were used to more traditional approaches, shapes and sequences. But, again, her clarity and gentleness have made learning this method a real joy and a great voyage of physical discovery.
- Stephen Pelton, choreographer and dance teacher, London (June 2020)
We often talk about your teaching, your classes, but I want to add that YOU are the reason our practice takes on another level. The way you throw yourself, your energy, your aura, your care, your whole being into the class makes me, and I know I can say, it allows us all to connect and vibrate on the same frequency and tune-in with our inner and outer selves equally. Thank you thank you thank you. I live and breathe gratitude every second of every day and you definitely are a part of that.
- JT T. (June 2020)
I heartily recommend Kate’s classes. Whatever my mood or circumstances, she restores me to a chilled, happy me, at my best. She is radiant and serene, and has a lovely way about her. While she is teaching (classes full of variety and yet also returning to the security of familiar sequences of asanas) she imparts gentle thought provoking words of wisdom in her beautiful voice, that stay with us in our daily lives. The yoga is first class, and the added bonus of meditation has enriched my days.
- Niki Medlik, Graphic Designer
I would wholeheartedly recommend Kate to anyone who is keen to start their yoga journey, in fact, I regularly pass her contact details to any of my friends who express an interest in starting classes. I found the atmosphere of some flow classes intimidating when I first began and Kate’s gentle and encouraging teaching style really helped me to learn at a pace I felt comfortable with. She is a wonderful, inspirational teacher and I credit her with sparking my passion for yoga.
- Stacey Coglan, Media Relations Manager
I am an enthusiastic, but slow marathon runner in my 50s. I came to Kate’s yoga class looking for flexibility to prevent injury. As an older guy with stiff hamstrings and tight shoulders this was a bit daunting. However, Kate is friendly, welcoming and provides great practical advice to suit different needs. A few years later I still can’t touch my toes, but I can run faster and I get injured less. To my surprise, I’m also gradually learning that yoga is much more than stretching. Kate’s warm and positive guidance on breathing, energy and mediation helps me to focus and relax in all areas of my life.
- Rob Murphy, Investor
I had a spare moment earlier and managed to fit in some yoga practice. After a few sun salutations, warriors and twists I thought of how glad I was to have learnt yoga this year and especially to have learnt from you. It's been a great journey so far and I realised just how much my mindset has changed during it. Not least in terms of how to spend time - everything seems to cost so much, but 5 minutes of peaceful meditation is available to everyone.
I started yoga just over a year ago and immediately found that Kate’s classes resonated with me. Kate has such an intuitive way of teaching and I find that no matter what my mood or energy levels are I always come away feeling that it was the perfect class for what I needed at that time. I also love that she varies her classes according to the moon cycles and includes spiritual readings, anecdotes and some wonderfully varied soundtracks, which keep class fresh and means there’s always something different to look forward to.
– Tara, Health Coach
When Kate teaches I have absolute trust in the knowledge I will leave her yoga class feeling on top of the world! Her teaching style is gentle yet challenging and I love the focus she gives to alignment and how our bodies move, her students have great body awareness. Off the mat too, Kate is an inspiration to all of us to make positive changes to our lifestyles, and proof that yoga gives you the balance and confidence to start fulfilling your dreams.
– Lianne, Designer
I really love your classes, and your playful flows and approach. You have an amazing ability to bring the energy of the room together, it is magical!
– Elizabeth, Recruitment Consultant
Your classes are Aces! Unpretentious. Nor for show. Real. I hope you never change your teaching style. Imagine how many other people are having an experience like mine. How many people you’re helping grow :)
- Beck, Artist
BEGINNERS YOGA COURSES
I don't know how to thank you for your beautiful classes! This morning I did my first sun salutation on my own and I feel great! I've tried many types of yoga in the last six years, quite randomly, but this course is exactly what I needed. I love the way you teach, de-structuring and explaining each component of a movement. I like the way you mix the flow with the "ashtanga" way of holding the asanas for a while and the focus on breathing. I do a very stressful job and your Saturday classes are the moment I look forward to every week... I cannot think that we have only three classes left! I already know that I'm going to miss them.
Thanks for the email, but more importantly thanks for the course. It's been very helpful and I'm glad I was able to make every class. Doing yoga for a few months now has been a great experience, and although I feel a lot more confident than I did when I first started, just out of sheer practice, your tuition has been a massive help, and I'm now starting to really feel the difference in some of my poses. During the last couple of weeks in particular I've felt my poses have gained in strength, and they've felt more natural and easier (especially following the thigh-squeezing block thing). I've obviously still got a lot to learn, but having the time and guidance to be more analytical has proven to be very valuable.
- Gary, Artist
The course has helped me understand that Yoga is not a rigid practice of postures that I must learn and stick too. Yoga is a moving mediation, it's a way of respecting and understanding my body and the way my body moves in spaces. The series of workshop with Kate has made me fall in love with real Yoga and all its benefits. It has kick started my life long journey into becoming a yogi. Kate is an extremely conscientious and empathic teacher, having spent years attending various yoga classes and never really getting to grips with how yoga can work for me, Kate has burst that bubble by laying the foundation of knowledge and technique that every practice needs and that is wonderfully exciting.
Not only is Kate a knowledgeable and conscientious teacher, but she has some good ideas on how to help students pick up postures and how to make them 'make sense'. But what really worked for me was the atmosphere that she built up. It can be daunting to enter a studio full of eager practitioners, especially if you're new to yoga, but Kate started each session with a brief chat. We talked about why we're doing yoga, what we wanted to gain from the classes and generally about yoga philosophy. This created a good group dynamic and a friendly environment in which trying something new became easier.
Kate Lovell is a wonderful teacher. Her beginners course was a beautiful and profound experience, and I’ve learnt more about yoga over the last five weeks than I had in years of trying different classes and methods… I loved it!
– Johnny, Actor
I worried that I wasn’t flexible enough and could injure myself by not getting enough guidance in big classes or at home about how to do basic poses (down dog, etc) correctly. This course helped a lot in relieving that fear…I really enjoyed this course and feel much better prepared to progress in my yoga practice in the future.
- Leigh, Assistant Professor
I started working with Kate at a really difficult moment in my life - I was 37, had two children under 5 and had just gone through treatment for breast cancer. Prior to my illness I thought yoga was for vegan hippies and believed in hard work and having fun! Following diagnosis and treatment I started looking for the answer to how to stay healthy (or actually to avoid becoming ill again). I was looking for someone to give me the answers, tell me what to do and make me better. Kate did not do that - she did so much more!
Kate allowed me to be vulnerable when I thought I had to be strong. She taught me that health doesn't mean just physical wellness but includes emotional, spiritual, social wellness too. She reminded me that there is no one way to health and wellbeing and that how I feel is the most important guide. That instead of cutting things out I can focus on adding things in. That instead of deprivation and rules, there is experimentation and joy. Kate has helped me to learn to trust myself, to be kind to myself and to focus on the positive things I am doing. Thank you Kate for being there at just the moment I needed you!
- Rebecca (17 December 2019)
Health coaching with Kate has been an incredible journey for me. Now, I'm no free spirited, zen type person, I'm more a shut up and get on with it kind of gal. But, being diagnosed with Arthritis 10 years ago, my attitude was beginning to wane, and my flare ups were lasting longer and more painful. I started working with Kate in the August, the month I moved to Canada. Without our monthly updates, I'm not sure how i would have coped with the transition, it’s amazing how two English countries can be so different. Kate helped me get through this, we covered food, recipes, grocery shopping, meditation, exercise, relationships…you name it. I learnt that health isn't just to do with what you put in your bodies, it’s also how you react to stress, how you spend your free time, how and how much you exercise, your sleep patterns…everything you do everyday. I also learnt to listen to my body, especially after eating. I think my biggest take away from my coaching with Kate, is listen your body, it’s always speaking to you.
- Kat, Artist
I was having more health problems than I ever had in my life and stress at that time was unmanageable so I sought out a different mechanism to help me...It was a great process. I learned a lot about myself in general and how much your body is connected. It is more than I ever realized. I came away with different tools I can use to manage my life and be healthy...One of my main goals was to manage anger and stress. I think I have become much more aware, whilst it is an endless battle I definitely have more tools at my disposal...I have also learned a lot about how to achieve a healthy lifestyle and diet. With my job, traveling a lot can make it different but I have started to explore more options on how to achieve it. And since the programme ended I have gone full steam ahead and am making really good progress.
I was a bit anxious at the beginning: money/ time commitment and fear of not achieving much due to lack of discipline and/or difficulty of tasks. I was expecting a "miracle" as I never thought I could actually get myself into cooking and enjoy too. The "Miracle" happened! In the process I learnt to cook "different" things and experience cooking as a way of relaxation and creativity…wow!! Apart from the cooking and creating an interest in healthy eating I am also taking care of myself in other areas: personal space, more yoga, less of the work that I don t want/enjoy and generally I trust and appreciate life a bit more. Kate takes you by hand as a loving mother and lights the torch on the road so you can find/see what you like/need. It is a seemingly slow process that somehow feels like nothing is happening and that will surprise you with the deep and transforming effects once you look back. Thank you.
- Pat, Holistic Therapist and Tutor