Kate Waitzkin, ERYT-500, is a mama, yoga + meditation teacher and writer living in Austin, TX and has been teaching yoga since 2006. After living, studying and teaching yoga in New York and San Francisco, Kate returned to her hometown of Austin in 2012 with her three boys and husband where she teaches public classes and teacher trainings and is Teacher Director at Wanderlust Austin. Formally trained through YogaWorks, Kate’s practice and teaching is continually influenced by several traditions and numerous teachers including, most recently, Rod Stryker, Elena Brower and Judith Hanson Lasater.


Get to know kate

What are your goals as a teacher?
My goal as a teacher is to offer space and guidance for students to see and experience the beauty of slowing down, opening our senses and awareness to what is right in front of us, to listen to their inner wisdom, to explore what it feels like to interact and respond with more tenderness, compassion and joy. My goal is to show up for my students from a place of deep respect for the practice and tradition, deep respect for their journeys and to show up with vulnerability and a willingness to share my own path.
Who/what inspired you to teach yoga?
My teachers - every single one of them.
What keeps you practicing?
The clarity, calm and connection I feel after time on my mat is unparalleled to anything else in my life.
Tell us about your students.
Curious, Humble, Consistent, Eager, Truthful + Respectful of their bodies, Real.
If you weren't a yoga teacher, what would you be?
Before anything else, I am a mama. This is my true calling.
What does organic mean to you?
Clean . Truthful . Honest . Mama Earth . Connection.
What advice would you give to someone who is just beginning yoga?
Be patient, trust and respect your body and, when in doubt, breathe.
Tell us something most people don't know about you.
I love design, I love moving, I love cereal and I worry...a LOT.
How has yoga changed your life?
Where do I begin? As a mama of three boys under the age of six, I often say, I don’t know how I would manage or what kind of mama I would be if I didn’t have my practice. Yoga has given me the gift of breath to heal, to tools of ease and witness through difficulty and doubt and permission to be vulnerable, to share fully and to respond from a place of LOVE.
Besides yoga, what do you do to keep a healthy lifestyle?
I have found daily meditation to be the key to my overall health and wellbeing. When I miss it a day, I feel it instantly. I’ve recently set an alarm to go off on my phone every two hours labeled “breathe”. When it goes off, regardless of what I am doing, I close my eyes and take 10 slow, deep breaths. It’s a sweet way to incorporate mindfulness into my days. My boys are extremely active so chasing after them is my primary mode of exercise! I also love to run the trail around Lady Bird Lake in Austin. As a family, we do our best to eat organic and local foods.
What is the best piece of advice you've ever received?
From my husband, Graeme, before teaching my first yoga class: Just be yourself.