Katie Thacker

Why are you excited/happy/committed to sharing your wisdom at the 2020 Victoria Yoga Conference?
The Victoria Yoga Conference is the one time of year that the west coast yoga community gets to come together. I feel so grateful to be sharing alongside people who are my role models and mentors and being able to share with such a wonderful and receptive community. 

The theme of the 2020 conference is ‘love is medicine’.  What does this mean to you?
So much of our suffering comes from living in fear. The opposite of fear is love and to reduce suffering through inviting more love into our lives makes love the medicine to our suffering.

How do you manage stress or overwhelm? I find that often when I am stressed or overwhelmed it is because I am worrying about the past or the future. I use mindfulness practices to help bring me to the present moment which grounds me and calms my nervous system. Oh yah, I also eat chocolate 🙂

Tell us about the book you would recommend over and over again and why you would recommend it? Brene Brown’s books changed my life! The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly and Braving the Wilderness are my personal favourites, but I would recommend them all. They taught me about shame, self talk, the power of vulnerability and how to live with a whole heart. 

What are you listening to right now? I listen to Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations Podcast often. Some of the episodes I have listened to dozens of times. Oprah is serving up some great content focusing on spiritual growth, and just how to be a better person. I highly recommend taking a listen, especially on the days where you are feeling down. 

How do you nourish yourself? I have learned to be gentle on myself when my body and mind tell me to slow down through changing the dialogue in my head. I take time to be quiet and to be alone. I put whole foods in my body but give myself permission to slip up and to have treats. Sleep is my nonnegotiable. Good luck trying to keep me up past 10:30pm!

Katie is a true teacher of movement. Her athletic background allows her the ability to articulate subtle actions and feelings in an understandable way. As an ex-gymnast, Katie provides dynamic insight to the practice of yoga and acro with clear and concise instruction, which allows her students to improve quickly and efficiently. Over the past few years, Katie has been mentoring and developing other teachers and is the creator of a teacher mentorship program that dozens of teachers have participated in. Within her classes, Katie focuses on structured alignment, controlled movement, and strength building, all while keeping things fun and lighthearted. Katie has been a featured teacher at events like the Victoria Yoga Conference, Camp Yoga BC, Wanderlust Whistler, Vancouver Acro Festival, and more.

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