Kathleen Gonzalez - Thrive Yoga and Wellness

Kathleen Gonzalez

I wish I could site some life event paired with a beautiful epiphany that started my yoga journey, however there is none; one day roughly ten years ago, I walked into a yoga class at Auburn University with my best friend and have been practicing since. The beginning of my journey was purely about asana. The movements made me feel strong and free and that was enough for me. 

As I grew in my practice, I began to ponder the philosophy and connection between what was happening in my brain and my body. I began to feel more purpose, consequently bringing questions of spirit into the mix. During this time of yogic growth, I found ashtanga. Through this practice, I found dedication, discipline, creativity, strength, and community. Though, I enjoy many types of yoga, ashtanga holds a very special place in my heart. 

In 2015, I decided it was time to really dig in and started YTT through Sacred Glow Yoga with Melissa Scott. Nine months later, in 2016, I found myself and a group of wonderful peers receiving our completion certifications and enrolling with Yoga Alliance as an RYT200. I've been teaching ever since (to be completely honest, I did take one six-month break from teaching). I have had the pleasure of teaching ashtanga, yin, restorative, hot26, and vinyasa flows. As I am sure you have guessed, ashtanga and flow are my favorites to share with other yogis. 

For the past three years, I have been playing around with yoga as a creative outlet. I am curious about the intersections between yoga and art. I find my time on the mat and in savasana directly inform what happens on my canvas. (If you curious to check out some of these explorations, check out Love Bug Creations on FB or IG.) I hope to bring to life “art yoga” and make it into something fun and inspiring for everyone. Until then, I am excited to meet you on the mat and move.

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