About Kathy

Kathy Koberstein, owner 

I have a PhD in French from the University of Wisconsin and was a college professor for many years before I decided to devote myself full-time to yoga. I have studied yoga all of my adult life and have been privileged to study with a wide variety of well-known instructors. Many styles of yoga have influenced me. For example, I have studied Ashtanga Yoga, Anusara Yoga, Chakra Yoga, and Kundalini Yoga. Three schools of yoga have exerted a particular influence on my practice, however.  The first is Iyengar yoga, which is noted for its focus on the precision of one’s alignment and on the use of props. For my certification as a yoga teacher, I chose Kripalu Yoga, which is remarkable for its compassion. I completed my certification as a yoga therapist with Integrative Yoga Therapy, a pioneer and leader in this exciting field.

For me, yoga is a source of joy.  It is only recently that I have looked back over the years and appreciated the path on which my yoga has led me. It is a path that began with the sheer physical pleasure of the practice and how good it made me feel. I later began to marvel at how others reacted to yoga and at what a unique experience it was for each practitioner. Ultimately, however, I appreciated more and more the commonality of the human experience underlying that uniqueness. It was my training as a yoga therapist that made me begin to truly understand the energetic and spiritual bond that unites us all and that can affect us so profoundly. The joy of yoga now includes exploring that universal bond in a joyful and healing experience with my students in a way that is unique to each of them.

My journey continues, and I invite you to share my joy of yoga with me!

Olivia, studio consultant
 
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Olivia is one of Kathy's spiritual advisors, inviting her to understand the world from a cat's perspective, which adds a whole new dimension to her world.  She advises on everything the value of acceptance and awareness to how to perform the perfect stretch. Don't forget the fingers and toes! Olivia's Corner is a regular column in the You Go Yoga newsletter!

The quest for comfort murders the passion of the soul.
- Khalil Gibran