My own personal growth came to me on my 40th birthday when I was given a cane to help me get around after a double hip replacement surgery. The second surgery did some nerve damage and caused a difficult road to recovery.Throughout the long road towards recovery, yoga gave me back the life I missed.
One of my passions is travel and yoga has helped me regain the strength to enjoy travel again. I have walked the hill to Dracula’s Castle, in Romania, hiked the jungle trails in Hawaii, and went rock climbing and horseback riding in Wyoming. No telling where my next journey may be.
Along with this beautiful journey, I decided that I wanted to share my story and guide others to learn this beautiful art of Yoga. I have earned my 200 hour teacher training through the beautiful and sacred space of Grace Tree Yoga Studio & White Lotus Homein West Chester, Ohio. During this process, I fell in love with working to inspire and support women during their pregnancy. To help honor the sacred process of motherhood.
I am a wife to a wonderful supportive husband and a mother of three beautiful adult children. I have been in Cincinnati for 15 years after relocating from Costa Mesa, Ca. Cincinnati has become my home I am a proud Moeller & MND Mom. I love all that our beautiful city has to offer. I hope to help guide you during your practice.
I began my yoga practice about 15 years ago. I was playing and coaching volleyball when a team mate suggest I come to her yoga class. It was helping her with flexibility, balance and agility. I was skeptical at first, but I realize there was more to Yoga than down dog! I began to enjoy the breathing techniques and the sense of peace it was creating in my mind and body. When I decided to decrease my active exercise routine and concentrate more on fulfilling my mind and body needs, I discovered what an important part yoga was making in this transformation. As I began my transformation, I explored different classes and was fortunate enough to sign up for a class that lead me to White Lotus hOme where I eventually earned my 200 RYT.
I enjoy teaching and sharing my love for Yoga to students of all levels. I believe yoga is a way to help people find love and peace within themselves.
I teach with mindful awareness of our breath and body through vinyasa flows as well as discovering our inner core through Yoga Core and Yoga Fusion classes. I am also certified to teach children ages 2-12 through Imagination Yoga which i am happy to bring to NKO Yoga!
I have worked for 29 years in the medical field and am currently a practice manager at a pediatric group in Blue Ash. I was born and raised in Cincinnati and love raising my family here. I have been married to a wonderful supportive husband for 41 years and we have 2 married sons and 4 grandsons. I enjoy traveling with my family to our vacation home in South Carolina and I still enjoy playing sand volleyball!
My yoga journey began about 2 years ago. I tried yoga back in my 20's, but you guessed it, it was too slow. I was a crazy Spin and Boot Camp instructor that just wanted to go, go , go. My life was crazy and hectic and I just kept on going. One day, many years later, I was in a funk, a deep funk, and yoga popped into my brain. So by
the power of Google, I found that the library down the street from my home offered yoga. I went, and was hooked.
I continued my yoga practice at various studios and libraries throughout the year until I decided that I wanted to give as much as I was getting and I began the process of becoming a Yoga Teacher. I became a 200hr YTT in May of 2020.
The whole process of learning yoga has been a very emotional and spiritual journey for me. I want to continue to learn and share as much as I can with others.
After years of being on my feet as a Respiratory Therapist I sought relief through Yoga. It soon became apparent that Yoga was helping my mind as much, if not more, than my body. I am now a 500 hour RYT and very happy to be a part of NKO Yoga.
I began my yoga practice many years ago, practicing on and off around my kids activities at different studios. About 5 years about I started practicing regularly, several times a week. The movement helped with a health issue I have. The breath, peace and calm filled another need I had after some loss I had experienced in my life.
I earned my 200 hour RYT through Grace Tree & White Lotus Home. I really enjoy teaching and sharing yoga with everyone I can and helping to let them know that everyone can do yoga.
My day job is an administrative assistant at in a high school guidance office where I have daily contact with hundreds of teenagers.
My favorite yoga students are my young granddaughters who like for me to do yoga with them.
I first discovered yoga in 1971 in a class at a neighborhood school and with Lilias Folan on WCET TV. I practiced sporadically through out my life until 1997 when I began consistent classes and exploration. Curiosity leading the way, I became Reiki Level I attuned in 2003 and Level II in 2004. The student was ready and Cincinnati Yoga School offered its first local Teacher Training with Shashank Lakhia and Will Brashear. Since completing my 200-hour training in 2007, I have trained with Doug Swenson, Kali Ray and became a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Yoga Teacher in 2011 after studying in Asheville, North Carolina, St. Augustine, Florida, and Hershey, Pennsylvania. With this variety of history and trainings I can only call my classes "eclectic" and strive to connect yoga philosophy and practice to direct application in today's world. Classes are created to meet the needs and requests of attendees. In addition to my usual Hatha Flow, I have taught yin, prenatal, power and chair classes.
In addition to being a yoga instructor, I am a retired Registered Nurse and a Tri-Life Leadership Training volunteer. I was co-owner and steward of the Grace Tree mission and vision from 2012-2018.
"Yoga gifts me with the continued opportunity for study, helping my fellow man, personal growth and lets me move forward without regrets and 'what ifs’."working with you.
Katie is a certified 500RYT. She started her yoga journey in high school taking Yoga and Pilates classes at her local recreation center, but found her passion for yoga when she started her first training in 2015 at World Peace Yoga in Cincinnati. She was feeling lost after moving to a new city and the company she was working for shut down. Yoga gave her a sense of peace and helped her on a new and exciting spiritual journey. From there, it was down the rabbit hole into life of holistic living. Since then Katie has completed both her foundational and advanced teacher training and has certifications in Thai Yoga Massage and Reiki.
She is also studying to be a certified Raindrop Therapy Technician and Ayurvedic Practitioner through Maharishi International University. Katie’s classes are typically Hatha or Vinyasa, but teaches a variety and are accessible to everyone.
I began practicing yoga as a teenager and learned a lot about fitness, and then I got older, kept practicing yoga, and learned even more about about being healthy, centered, and present. My yoga practice is equally about fitness, health, being centered, and fully present in each moment. Through experience with high impact sports, I have learned a lot about what yoga can teach about movement, focus, and recovery. My yoga practice includes study, postures, meditation, service, and devotion.
I want to help people with their yoga practice so they can find strength and flexibility in their bodies, and also compassion and peace in their spirits. In my classes, I believe that each person is an individual on their mats, and each person's practice is individual to their own experience and their own bodies. I hope to support this personal journey for each person in my class, as each person finds their own yoga.
I also teach yoga for UC Wellness at the University of Cincinnati, and I facilitate mind/body awareness skills seminars at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College. This mindfulness training gives students tools to manage stress and find balance so that they can experience a more efficient and effective working and learning environment.
KATE GONZALEZ, RYT200, RYPT, LD, P-ICD, HYPNOBIRTHING
I am a Yoga Teacher, Professional Birth and Postpartum Doula, HypnoBirthing and Comfort Measures in Labor Teacher, and proud Mom to now adult kids!
I started taking yoga over 20 years ago to help manage the emotional and physical effects of losing a parent and raising two young kids while balancing a full time clinical career, and have never looked back! Over the years I have consistently studied almost every modality, from Power Flow and Ashtanga to Hatha to Restorative and enjoy them all. Personally, yoga has been instrumental in helping me navigate life through multiple stages, surgeries and needs, and now I love teaching!
I am a big believer in returning to breath, mindfulness, turning up the heat in our bodies when we need to burn off some stress, and slowing down when we need to find ease and openness. Mostly, I'm a big believer in having fun, and not taking yourself too seriously while fostering self awareness.
In my free time, I travel to visit my kids, enjoy global adventures, read, and hike.
I hope to see you on the mat or on the screen for Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Postpartum, or Parent and Me Yoga soon!
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