What my students think about my classes......after they have had a nice long savasana.
I have been running yoga retreats for The Zest Life, while the owner, Laura Bell, is on maternity leave. Here are some of the reviews from the lovely guests on the retreats at Plas Cadnant, Anglesey, from September 2016 - June 2017:
'I was initially a little worried about whether the yoga would be sufficiently challenging, but I thought Kate was very skillful in building on previous sessions and gently adding in more intensity.'
'In particular Kate's yoga sessions were really fantastic and taught me a lot of technique. Kate's meditation session on the Saturday evening was also a gem of an experience.'
'The yoga was amazing; Kate was just so calming and explained everything so well. For someone who has not done Yoga before I loved it.'
'Kate was a great teacher and I definitely learned a lot.'
'I was totally nourished by Kate's amazing yoga classes.'
'The 'wild swim' was the main reason me for joining this group but the Yoga was 1st class.'
'Kate was great, very encouraging and inspiring and I felt instantly at home as soon as she met me in the car park which is important I think going to the retreat by myself.'
'My favourite part was the yoga practices - relaxing and invigorating at the same time.'
'What a fantastic experience we had with you at Plas Cadnant! Thank you so much! It was a truly uplifting and de-stressing three days. We have both come back feeling a whole lot more relaxed and so glad we did it! Your yoga teaching, the super walks, Denise’s food and everything about the place was fabulous. You were so thoughtful in every way and worked so hard to make it all perfect.'
'Loved the walks and yoga -Kate's meditation session was inspiring'
'The yoga sessions were amazing, Kate is such a skilled and intuitive teacher. She really was born to teach yoga.'
'It was an exceptional weekend and now one of my most memorable life experiences. I keep a shell from Newborough beach next to my bed and when I touch it, it reminds me of yoga on the beach, the sun on my face and laughing with a great bunch of new friends.'
'I also very much enjoyed Kate's offer of meditation before bed on Saturday, she gave a wonderful introduction into this practice that I had tried before but not taken further and after this session I have taken on board a lot of what Kate said and been able to continue at home. '
'Kate was fantastic, really inspirational yet appreciates life 'in the real world ''
'I had THE BEST time as Plas Cadnant, Kate was a wonderful teacher and is such a warm and kind person we felt instantly welcome and well looked after.'
'I enjoyed the yoga sessions. The style of yoga was a bit different to what I've done before and I enjoyed it very much. Kate has a very engaging and thoughtful style and is easy to listen to.'
'The best things: a warm welcome and friendly 'staff'. Kate's yoga sessions (brilliant for me as a beginner and I heard good things from more advanced yoga bods)'
'I'm not a serious yoga bunny but I thought the classes were really good at getting me to think about it more and I felt like I had a better understanding of the practice at the end of the weekend. I really enjoyed Kate's additional meditation session on Saturday evening.'
'Kate was a brilliant yoga and meditation teacher and I loved having the classes in the visitors' centre.'
'I would like to thank everyone in this retreat especially Kate. She was helpful and kind.'
'I returned from the retreat with the biggest smile on my face & all my colleagues told me I looked 20 years younger! I think I felt more well both physically & spiritually than I have done in a very long time. Your incredible teaching was a big part of that so thank you very much. As I said I only wished I lived nearer so that I could come to a regular yoga class though from your website it looks as if you're nearly full all the time!'
YOGA magazine review of my class at a The Zest Life retreat. (February 2017 issue)
'After our long journey we head almost reluctantly for our introductory yoga session,
delivered by Kate. We needn't have worried; Kate is a highly skilled and knowlegable
practitioner and explains everything in perfect detail, in her soft, reassuring voice. The gentle practise is set at just the right level and we all finish feeling relaxed and
First class today at Peak Physio with Kate. She made us all feel welcome and was very encouraging and inspirational. Looking forward to next week... and more. Thank you Kate xxx
Thank you Kate for an amazing first experience of your yoga class - I feel invigorated. I've never felt like this before about yoga or any other exercise -
Kate's Yoga Classes are amazing and have a wonderfully positive impact on my body and mind. She balances relaxation, posture work and body conditioning perfectly and all to beautiful music. The environment is perfect and Kate has an easy, natural, inclusive style that creates a feeling of calmness, strength and joy within me - a truly inspirational teacher.
I feel safely guided through stretching poses that you would feel were beyond your body and joint possibilities. The graduated sequences of warming up and stretching and twisting engages parts of your body that you struggle to envisage you would be able to control.
Uplifting class that is structured carefully and lead by a motivated teacher who constantly reinforces positive thoughts and energy throughout each session. The relaxation is delivered in sensitive rhythmic dulcet tones - leading me close to sleep - but later rejuvenated and able to sleep that night peacefully and comfortably. The session is a great fix - I lust for more!
I know Kate through my involvement and my Dru Teacher Training course at Bethesda. Her commitment, expertise and desire to develop her Yoga and Meditation practise is second to none, as is her desire to share this with others so that they too can find their place of inner peace and happiness. Kate's website and mail-shots nourish you from afar and make you want to return to her classes time after time.
I cannot recommend Kate's classes enough. Don't think about it, just come! No-one is looking at you (except Kate), you just connect with yourself and the universe. Physical aches and pains float away, emotional stresses diminish and are put in perspective, and spiritually (if you want to) you feel more open amd connected.
Kate has classes to suit everyone. It doesn't matter what age, shape or size you are. Dru is adaptable to suit everyone and Kate will look after you, very well, on a 1-1 basis. I always leave the class feeling relaxed and calm which sets me up for the week. Thank you Kate, your classes make a big difference to me.
Doing yoga with Kate has really improved my posture and flexibility - I love touching my toes!
Such a lovely escape from the hustle and bustle of life! My lower back feels stronger too- result! Kate is such a calming prescence.
Thank you for being such an amazing teacher and inspiring me to teach!
I love Kate's classes; she inspires me to practise more. She is so approachable and inclusive; each class is different, in repsonse to the ability of the group. She also explains the benefits of the movements and each lesson is an education. I would highly recommend her classes.
Kate's classes are a fantastic experience - lovely, relaxing and toning sequences. Sessions are run in a friendly atmosphere. Kate is an excellent teacher.
The calm voice and different space that Kate creates within 10 minutes of arrival is wonderful. You are transcended into another world, away from the 'rush' of everyday life and it's issues.
Kate's classes have been a wonderful experience. She has given me personal strategies and exercises to cope with the stresses of work and family. I love how the classes are truly accessible for all ability levels. Thanks Kate!
I find that Dru is the most respectful form of yoga that I have practised. After a class I feel balanced in mind and body.
I missed coming to Kate's class very much when I was away, thoroughly enjoyed being back and I'm looking forward to becoming more flexible the more lessons I attend to improve the poses.
Highly recommend attending a Dru Yoga Class with Kate as it helps with flexibility, mindfulness and breathing.
Classes are very informal and I feel comfortable with Kate and other class members.
A lovely way to relax and wind down on a Friday. Gets me ready for the weekend with a positive attitude and relaxed body and mind. Thanks Kate!
I leave Kate's class feeling relaxed and totally at peace. Her personal and informal approach to teaching in the class is inspiring. Thanks!
Just a quick Thank You. Just when I thought it couldn't get any better! Loved the class in your beautiful home and wonderful hospitality - thank you so much.
Thank you so much Kate, you have made such a huge difference to my well-being in such a short space of time.
I absolutely love your yoga classes you teach and so look forward to each week.
Yoga should seriously be promoted for ladies who have just had babies as I know I would have joined a lot sooner had I known what I know now! Thank you for your fab lessons!
I just wanted to let you know how good I've felt since Yoga...I even felt 'taller', strangely enough!! I'm all in!!