Kate O'Connor

It is unclear whether Kate found yoga or yoga found Kate. However, for as long as she can remember there has been something pulling her toward the practice.

She has always been passionate about health and wellness. Kate became certified as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor while completing her undergraduate degree at Boston College. Her desire to start a wellness revolution led her to New York University where she received a Master's Degree in Applied Psychology/Counseling for Mental Health & Wellness.

Kate began her journey as a yoga teacher at Yoga Vida NYC, where she completed a 200-hour yoga teacher-training program and apprenticeship.

Through her deep love for the physical practice and the powerful transformation that the teachings of yoga had on her life off of the mat, it soon became clear to Kate that her calling was to help share these teachings with others.

Viewing herself as a tool to transmit the ancient wisdom of yoga, Kate made it her mission to study and practice with inspiring teachers from a variety of different yogic traditions – from Ashtanga and Jivamukti to Iyengar and Restorative. Kate is forever grateful for the guidance of her beloved teachers Zoe Silverman, Domenic Savino, Alyssa Arroyo, Kyle Miller, Cat Aquaviva, Alanna Kayvalya, Tanya Boulton, Kay Kay Clivio, Adam Vitolo, and David Hollander.

Friends have referred to Kate as the "yoga librarian" because she is constantly reading about and discussing yogic philosophy, which combined with her daily practice, led Kate develop her personal approach, BreatheMoveFlow. The concept is simple. Breathe represents the conscious use of breath, known as pranayama. This practice helps to still the mind. Move represents asana, the physical practice of yoga. By linking the breath with movement, the asana practice becomes a moving meditation and creates the steadiness necessary for deeper levels of meditation. Flow represents moving with the natural rhythm of the universe – the state of yoga itself. Kate feels that this logic can be applied to life on and off the yoga mat. According to Kate, "my yoga practice is exactly that, a practice. So that when life challenges me, I know what to do. I breathe. I move. And then I am able to go with the flow." It is Kate's desire to share this approach to life with others as a yoga teacher and mental health counselor.