I just returned from a wonderful retreat week with Kat. She is an incomparable teacher who tuned into the group in an amazing way. It always felt like classes were specially made for what the group needed at that moment. Everyone, no matter what level, found his place in class and there was time for turning inward, exploring poses, and having fun. It was a wonderful gift how she shared her journey in the life of yoga with us inside and outside class.
Katherine’s classes are so much fun! She teaches with her students needs very much in mind, carefully tailoring the asanas to fit each individual. Her pacing is instinctively appropriate, she seems to know exactly when and how hard to ‘push’. I find her very subtle adjustments allow me to go deeper into the practice whilst respecting where my body is on that day. Her input is informative, encouraging, and insightful, and her sense of humour delightful! Kat is a great teacher and a lovely person.
Kat takes all intimidation out of yoga. She taught me yoga is not about flexibility, superiority or the perfect pose. Rather yoga is grateful breaths, self-care & fully accepting and listening to yourself.
Kat is a joy to be with and I learnt so much during my retreat. I was worried that I wouldn’t be ‘good enough’ at yoga but Kat enabled me to listen to my own body and take things at my own pace. I discovered how to stretch myself and what I thought I was capable of. Her approach is gentle, flowing and above all inclusive towards everyone whatever their experience. Kat has so much wisdom and experience to share which made me feel supported and grounded. I would highly recommend spending time and learning yoga with Kat to anyone.
Kat is a wonderful teacher, her approach is gentle, nurturing, knowledgeable and she ensures plenty of fun and laughter! It was a privilege to have her as our instructor on the Vale de Moses retreat in Portugal, and to be around her uplifting and generous energy, and wisdom. I am a relative beginner at yoga, and Kat was amazing at encouraging me to take control of my own practice, and to listen to my body. I am incredibly grateful to Kat for opening my eyes to the joys of yoga, and for being such a lovely person. Can’t wait until the next time!
Kat is an excellent yoga instructor. She puts a lot of passion and dedication in her classes, combined with many lovely smiles. What I learnt from Kat is that it is possible to bring some creativeness to the yoga classes… I cannot forget the great yoga play afternoon! It was so much fun!! In addition, Kat shared with us her broad knowledge in Ayurveda, which was a new discovery for me! And she even cooked for us! All I can say is that I highly recommend you to come to her classes and experience her teaching yourself.
I couldn’t have asked for a better introduction to yoga than what Kat offered me! I will always remember how thrilled Kat was to hear it was my first ever yoga experience – she made it a special one to remember for life. Kat is a great teacher – friendly, enthusiastic, dynamic, observant, encouraging … the list goes on and on. I really enjoyed every single class, they were all a mix of fun, energising and calming, all at once. Kat is also of excellent company with lots of laughter and plenty of extraordinary stories. Her cooking was mouth watering too.
Being the most senior person in the group I was nervous at the start but Kat made me feel comfortable immediately. Her teaching of the yoga was enlightening and energizing both physically and mentally. After each session I came away feeling taller, peaceful and happy – very happy!. Kat’s workshops were fun and good to take part in. I have taken away some extremely important understandings of the yoga practice and the knowledge of being able to do home practice comfortably, safely and with much variation.
I have just spent a week with Kat on retreat and I would highly recommend it. She is an energetic, knowledgeable, observant and encouraging yoga teacher-the classes were suited to the mood, energy and the ability of the students. They were a lot of fun! Outside of yoga, Kat was great company, lots of interesting travel stories and she made sure that the whole experience was memorable. I left feeling refreshed, relaxed and inspired.
Kat’s yoga sessions are just incredible; she is really are one of the best teachers I have come across and my yoga progressed really quite considerably over the course of one retreat weekend. We all learnt a huge amount and her energy is incredible.
Kat is genuinely lovely, great fun and all-round excellent. I love her yoga classes, which are somehow deeply energising, empowering and calming all at once – I just wish she were based in my local yoga studio, or at least on podcast tap (hint hint). We all spent the retreat raving about her behind her back, so I’m glad to be able to write this so that she knows what we were saying!
Kat’s thoughtful, inspiring, relaxing and revitalising yoga sessions were pure bliss. Kat creates a dynamic yet personal teaching environment in which all the pupils are catered for but with the complete absence of competitiveness. There is gentle encouragement to try new positions and deepen stretches where we feel able to, but I never felt I had to force my body into positions it didn’t want to go. Kat inspired me to deepen my yoga practice and I wouldn’t hesitate to book another retreat with her – she’s also great fun and doesn’t take herself too seriously!
Katherine does not do ‘museli’ yoga. It is not nutty or flakey. She does yoga for real people, not superbendy, fairylike waifs. Her classes are fun yet meaningful. She helps you to be gentle with yourself but still encrouages you to grow. Her advice is considered and practical. Kat helps you see where yoga, meditation and Ayurveda can fit into your life in the ‘real world’ or wherever you are! I loved my Portuguese retreat with Kat and would joyfully recommend her classes to anyone of any level or experience.
I couldn’t have asked for a better introduction to yoga than what Kat provided. She found the perfect balance of assessing each yogi’s ability, whilst also pushing us accordingly towards our goals, despite some of our limitations.
All sessions were well structured and considered, instructions delivered clear and concisely and she was incredibly supportive throughout.The fact that I have continued to practice at home since her lessons is a testament to how she teaches.
Katherine Smith is a beautiful and accomplished teacher who’s enthusiasm and knowledge makes her classes accessible to everyone, no matter what their experience of yoga. I attended her ‘Wild and Whole’ retreat week in Portugal 2014; her stories, anecdotes and general demeanour wonderfully accompanied the daily Vinyasa yoga and Ayurvedic cooking classes. Go spend time with this lady, you won’t regret it!
I really felt my attitude change towards yoga on Kats retreat. I went from feeling like a pose was killing me to a space of contentment. I often used to feel discomfort and pain in postures, but under this girls guidance I learned how to do poses correctly and began to feel more comfortable.
Katherine’s yoga practice is a wonderful thing. As the week wore on we became more confident and knowledgeable as we explored movements and learnt some of the fascinating philosophy behind them. Sessions were focused, structured and always attuned to what the class needed; I felt reassured that we could embrace the idea of our own ‘individual practice’, that was sensitive to our bodies. Everyone was impressed with how well Katherine paced the sessions – she found the right balance between challenge and rest. I would recommend Katherine’s teaching to anyone. Her friendly, mindful and personable character endeared us to her straight away.