Kate Pollock

Birthplace? Sydney

What’s your signature dish? Miso salmon, brown rice and broccolini (super easy, yummy and my kids eat it!)

Tea or Coffee? Coffee

Favourite café? Paulo’s in Fairlight for the coffee and community, Infinity Sourdough Bakery for the avo on toast and croissants and The Bower for coffee on the wall

Cat or Dog? Neither

Star Sign? Aries

What quote do you live by? Too many to choose from… I do like “Comparison is the thief of joy”.

What Yoga style do you practice? I love a flowing Hatha style practice with lots of time for rest and relaxation afterwards

How did you start yoga? When I was 18 and found it helped to get me out of my head and into my body (and I always felt a bit taller after practicing!)

Can you sum up what Yoga gives to you in a few words?
Patience, calmness and an opportunity to regularly check in on how I’m going and consciously make any changes.

When and where did you do your first Teacher Training? At Qi in 2019

Favourite pose? Pigeon

Least favourite pose? Anything that involves lengthening my tight hamstrings although I’m working on loving these poses more!

If you could study with any teacher, who would it be and why? That’s a tricky one as there are so many amazing teachers.  Simon Borg-Olivier, Bianca Machliss, Donna Farhi, John Ogilvie to name a few… plus all the teachers at Qi of course.

Best in-class blooper? Farting and it was recorded too but not sure we need to mention this!!

Lululemon or Dharmabums? Lululemon

Where would be your ultimate Yoga retreat destination? India.  I’ve never been but would love to when my kids are a bit older.  I’ll happily settle for shorter trips to Byron Bay in the meantime!

What do you love most about your job? Which one… as a wife, mother, HR freelancer and yoga teacher each gives me something different but they all come together to help me feel balanced (and of course a bit of downtime helps too!).

What have you given up to teach yoga? An extra hour in bed in the mornings. I find getting up to practice really hard but I never regret it once I do.

What have you gained by teaching yoga? A deeper understanding of yoga – they say you never really learn something until you teach it – this is true and it means I have to practice – no excuses!

What was the best thing about COVID lock-down? Everything except the actual Covid virus –it was a chance to slow down and reset the way we go about our everyday lives and we’ve tried to hold to some of this as restrictions have eased.
If you could talk to your pre-yoga self, what would you tell her? Chill (the f*ck!) out – everything is going to be okay

What hobbies/activities do you have outside yoga? Running, bootcamp, being in nature, playing with my daughters

How long have you taught at Qi? Since August 2020!

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