Paying close attention, inside and outside, defines Kathleen's approach to yoga. We can live each moment with awareness and care. We can understand that the past and future are not real, and that the present moment is real and filled with life. The subtlety of pranayama interests Kathleen, how we can work with the power of breath to create energy from it. Observing nature, taking photos and soaking up life integrates her yoga practice with the world.
Since childhood, Kathleen has had a deep connection with animals. She is especially drawn to birds--watching birds in nature, enjoying their company in her home, tending injured birds, admiring their images. Her oldest companion parrot, Max, has lived with her for 30 years. She cares for endangered species as well as birds with special needs. She currently shares her home with 17 parrots and three dogs. Her dogs are short and sweet: a corgi, a basset hound and a basset/lab/something. She renews at home through reading, listening to music and editing photos.
In study and teaching, Kathleen finds that yoga brings joy and transformation, helping us evolve physically, spiritually and socially to the greater good of all. She loves the connection that happens during class, even as each person is on a mat within a singular moment. She loves seeing students after class, refreshed.
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu, Om shanti, shanti, shanti
May all beings be happy and free. Om peace, peace, peace.
The day she walked into Mindful Motion Yoga to take her first class, Elaine knew it was the right place for her. She completed the MMY teacher training in 2010 with thoughts of expanding and improving upon her personal practice. With time, she became more and more connected to not only her practice, but with the Mindful Motion community. With the desire to help others, she began teaching. She is honored to teach and guide others so that they, too, can find their paces at MMY.
Elaine travels often to Indiana to visit her large family, as many as 80 or more siblings, nieces, nephews and in-laws gathering. She spends her time attending her husband's music gigs, and hanging out with friends and family. Rescued animals find their ways into Elaine's life, and she currently lives with a cat named Mr. Snuggles.