KATHLEEN ALLING

A desert dweller at heart, I am so happy I now live in Texas and found Gaia Flow Yoga. I grew up in Albuquerque and graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in architecture. After working in that field for a year, I switched gears and worked in higher education. When my second son was born, I was able to make being a mom my full time job, my favorite job so far. After a two year stint in Las Vegas, NV my husband and I, along with our three sons, moved to Texas.

Once we were settled and the boys a little older, it was during the spring of 2014 when I nervously walked into my first yoga class. One hour later, I knew I found something so special, it would be with me for life. I have always enjoyed physical activity whether it was dance lessons as a child or workouts at the gym as a young adult. After having children, I attempted running, but it seemed like every time I found a good pace, something would derail me and send me back to the beginning. I finally listened to the aches of my body and frustrations of my mind telling me to change. I knew a small amount about yoga. Growing up, we had a family friend who taught yoga in 1970s and 80s. One of my memories of her is teaching my brother and me how to sit lotus style (which I could do very easily then!) and OM. I knew yoga had evolved quite a bit from those times, so I mustered up my courage to try a class, and I am so grateful I did.

​Little did I understand that when I took that first yoga class, that yes, my body would evolve, but so would my mind and spirit. I found the path I had unknowingly been searching for. Soon after that first class, I signed up for teacher training simply to learn more. Now, I am so grateful that I get to share this transformative practice. One of the things I love about yoga is that it reminds me of architecture – there is foundation and function balanced with creativity and fluidity, all with the intent to enhance life exactly as it is. My classes provide the space for you to explore your own yoga practice. Whether it’s your first time on the mat or you’ve practiced for many years, whether you need a challenge or you need to take care of yourself, through compassionate teaching, there is always a place for you. Namaste

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