When it comes to respected Yoga teachers in Auckland, you can’t get much more respectable than Kylie Harris. She’s admired for her solid grasp of human anatomy and is a Vinyasa level 10 teacher (does that even exist?!). Kylie is the teacher of teachers. So for those experienced yogi’s who love a physical challenge, we double-dare you to take one of her classes.
This week Kylie was kind enough to take some time out so the MUMU girls could get to know her a bit better. Starting with her favourite yoga poses, Kylie gives us a run through her life so far, talks about her biggest achievements and challenges and finishes up with some important words of wisdom for all of us.
We want to acknowledge Kylie for her bravery in sharing something so close to her heart in order for us all to learn something…
Your all-time favourite yoga pose?
I have two – Handstand and Supta Badokonasana.
Handstand because its fun, builds all over strength, both physical and mental, and requires you to be completely present. Supta BK because it allows me to melt my worries away. To tap into my breath, soften my chest releasing anxiety, and to take some time out of my sometimes hectic day.
What were you doing before your life as a yoga teacher?
I have been teaching for nearly 20 years. However not all of that is yoga. I taught dance for 16+ years and now yoga for 3.5years. Life before yoga I was a Nurse, Restaurant Assistant Manager, Dance teacher, Post Production Supervisor. I now teach yoga as well as work in the Film and TV industry as a Post Supervisor.
What or who is your greatest inspiration?
There are so many! Anyone who follows their heart, works hard, is strong enough to stand up for what they believe in, is compassionate, genuine, generous with their time, energy, wealth I aspire to and am inspired by.
What has been your biggest achievement so far?
Getting out of my own way! Getting out of my own way means to stop talking negatively to myself, stop saying I can’t before I have tried, to stop making excuses, to stop underestimating my ability, to stop depreciating myself, to stop creating barriers to my own success, joy and happiness. I’m still working on that one but Im getting there.
What has been your biggest challenge?
I’m currently dealing with parents and my Dads worsening Parkinsons . It’s a constant reminder to be patient, live in the present moment, be grateful for everything and every moment . To spend time with your loved ones, to connect with them daily. To love and cherish every moment I get to spend with them.
What words of wisdom do you have for other modern, conscious women?
As woman we tend to spend a lot of time giving to others, take some time to give to yourself and do something you love.