Katie Walsh, RYT, Calming Kids Certified Instructor, and MA/Ed. has been practicing yoga for 20 years. A former fitness instructor, competitive runner and cyclist, Katie sought out yoga due to injuries and a quest for spiritual fitness. Katie's primary practice was rooted in Anusara Yoga, which she is fortunate and grateful to be guided by master teachers Desiree Rumbaugh, Christy Burnett, and Christina Sell. Katie continues to develop her practice and instruction by attending workshops with yoga masters Seanne Corn, Rusty Wells, Tias Little, Richard Freeman, John Friend, Noah Maze, Regina Zwilling, Scott Blossom, Peter Sterios, Kathryn Budig, Amy Ippoliti, and Kino McGregor and many others. In addition, she has attended Kripalu Yoga Institute with Shiva Rea and Kundalini master, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa. In 2010, Katie attended Yandara Institute in Todos Santos, Baja and received her RYT certificate.
Off the mat, Katie is an educator of 28 years, teaching elementary and middle school students in Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. Katie is recognized throughout local school communities sharing her knowledge, enthusiasm, and love for yoga and kids. In 2011, Katie became an ambassador for the Calming Kids program, focusing on yoga principles and antibullying education. In 2012-14 Katie participated and assisted with the Wanderlust Yoginos program. The most rewarding aspects of her teaching, Katie finds, is watching her students/gurus grow in their own personal and physical transformation. Katie believes that the challenges that occur on the mat often parallel those in everyday life. A breast cancer survivor, Katie believes strongly in the gifts, lessons, motivation, and well-being that the discovery of yoga offers. Through her practice and teaching of yoga, Katie has found that transforming ourselves is a process rather than an event. Katie also believes that through the consistent practice of yoga that we begin to acknowledge our true grace and connection to self, others, and our communities. Originally a Durango native, Katie takes advantage of every outdoor activity that the San Juan Mountains offers. She instructs weekly hot vinyasa classes and teaches kids yoga to her elementary students.