Growing up on the Outer Banks, Katie first discovered the practice of Ashtanga yoga at the young age of 16 through the loving guidance of her yogini mother, Maggie. From then on she was hooked. While attending school at UNCW and maintaining a strong yoga practice, Katie was deeply influenced by the dynamic Power Vinyasa classes held at the Wilmington Yoga Center. These classes quickly sparked her interest in completing a 200-hour Vinyasa Yoga certification on the beautiful beach of Playa Gigante, Nicaragua. Eager to share the positive world views cultivated through her self-practice and to dig deeper into all aspects of a yogic lifestyle, she returned to her childhood home on the Outer Banks.
When Katie’s mother passed away suddenly in 2011, everything she once knew came to an abrupt stop. Through an awakening desire to make this life more meaningful, she soon found the consistent dedication to her practice to be the driving force in her healing process. Hoping to guide others on the path to self-discovery and healing, Katie continues to draw inspiration from the fluidity of the ocean, freedom of her travel adventures, and above all the compassion of her most influential teacher, Mom.
From students in need of exercise to those wishing to deepen their spiritual practice, she has cultivated an environment within her studio that is welcoming to all levels of practitioners. Katie is a certified Yoga Alliance teacher at the 200-hour level and has received a 5 Elements Vinyasa Flow certification from Kristen Cooper-Gulak at the Wilmington Yoga Center. She is currently completing a 500-hour certification through the Wilmington Yoga Center and is very grateful to have studied with Kathryn Budig, Tiffany Cruikshank, Tim Miller, Leslie Kaminoff, Shiva Rea, and Seane Corn.