Ahimsa Berwyn Student Spotlight: Kathryn Kamp
Meet Kathryn Kamp, 47, Berwyn
What do you do when you're off your mat?
Riding my bike, cooking, making music, and hanging out with friends while doing all of the above. I love traveling too!
What brought you to Ahimsa for the first time?
A friend recommended I give Ahimsa a try. I was hooked from my first class.
What's your favorite thing about this studio?
The community. Everyone is kind and supportive.
What is your favorite type of yoga class (hatha, yin, vinyasa, etc.) and why?
I love the constant movement of vinyasa, but I find the more sustained poses of hatha allow me to better focus on building each pose with solid form. I will not turn down restorative! I am also a fan of Ahimsa's workshops as they always introduce me to new concepts.
What's your advice for someone coming to yoga for the very first time?
Just show up! Don't let whatever you perceive to be your roadblocks - balance, fitness, flexibility, etc - hold you back.
What has your practice given you?
Physical and emotional strength and flexibility, and tools to help manage daily stresses and challenges. I am a breast cancer survivor and my treatment included an invasive surgery in October 2017 followed by radiation. I credit my yoga practice with helping me to get through - and bounce back from - the treatments.
What's your favorite pose?
I go through phases of favorite poses. Right now I am loving Fish and anything with a twist!
What's your least favorite pose?
I find it quite difficult to become comfortable in Deer pose. I try to embrace the difficulties of any pose but this one is kicking my keister!
Tell us something unusual about yourself?
I am a professional classical singer.
What 3 words would a good friend use to describe you?
I asked a friend to answer this one! His response: Joyful, truthful, and compassionate.
What's your guilty pleasure/s?
A dinner consisting of popcorn served with an apple on the side which is topped with peanut butter. Chase that with a dark chocolate sea salt caramel and a little red wine for dessert.
Have you made any changes in your life as a result of your yoga practice?
I am better able to notice things that aren't serving me well and letting them go more gracefully, without apology or guilt.
If you were having a dinner party and could invite anyone you wanted, who would they be?
My grandparents. They were all amazing people and I wish I could visit with them again.