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Your body and mind need this.

WHY YOGA?

  • Increased strength and flexibility can help protect you from some injuries. (Unfortunately, it can’t stop those derby kisses!)
  • Balance is important if you want to stay upright in the pack.
  • Yoga is awesome for improving proprioception, so you’ll know where all of your body parts are as you move.
  • Better focus is going to keep your head in the game while you skate.

WHY FLAT MAT YOGA?

You need a yoga teacher who:

  • Gets how you move on the track
  • Knows how to adapt practice for your injuries
  • Isn’t going to talk to you about flowering your buttocks
  • Wants to help you find the variations of postures that work for you, not some yoga ideal

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Weekly Yoga Classes in Seattle

720

Flat Mat Skaters Online

1518

RollerCon and Northeast Derby Convention Students

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What Other Skaters Are Saying

  • Miss Dee Meaner, Diamond City Roller Derby

    Learning poses/sequences with Kickit is less like stuffy studio yoga and more like hanging out trackside with a derby sister. Shameless bitching about tight hips included and encouraged.

    Miss Dee Meaner, Diamond City Roller Derby
  • Double Poundher, Inland EmPower Derby

    I was really concerned that I would not be able to do a lot of the poses or that I would have a similar experience to previous classes I’ve done where I was in living hell! Thankfully, this experience has totally changed my view on yoga and what my body is capable of–I LOVED it!

    Double Poundher, Inland EmPower Derby
  • Alpha Ginger, Ringleader Roller Girls

    Flat Mat Regionals is the best yoga “class” I’ve taken–I could feel changes in a matter of a few days. Your body needs this, dammit!

    Alpha Ginger, Ringleader Roller Girls
  • Beth Wish, Texas Rollergirls

    Kickit’s classes are fun and challenging, while still being totally doable. They aren’t the kind of yoga class that makes you feel uncoordinated and inferior; they make you feel awesome and strong.

    Beth Wish, Texas Rollergirls
  • Abombnabull, Rat City Rollergirls

    Add Flat Mat Yoga to your training. Do it now.

    Abombnabull, Rat City Rollergirls
  • Miss Dee Meaner, Diamond City Roller Derby

    Learning poses/sequences with Kickit is less like stuffy studio yoga and more like hanging out trackside with a derby sister. Shameless bitching about tight hips included and encouraged.

    Miss Dee Meaner, Diamond City Roller Derby
  • Double Poundher, Inland EmPower Derby

    I was really concerned that I would not be able to do a lot of the poses or that I would have a similar experience to previous classes I’ve done where I was in living hell! Thankfully, this experience has totally changed my view on yoga and what my body is capable of–I LOVED it!

    Double Poundher, Inland EmPower Derby
  • Alpha Ginger, Ringleader Roller Girls

    Flat Mat Regionals is the best yoga “class” I’ve taken–I could feel changes in a matter of a few days. Your body needs this, dammit!

    Alpha Ginger, Ringleader Roller Girls
  • Beth Wish, Texas Rollergirls

    Kickit’s classes are fun and challenging, while still being totally doable. They aren’t the kind of yoga class that makes you feel uncoordinated and inferior; they make you feel awesome and strong.

    Beth Wish, Texas Rollergirls
  • Abombnabull, Rat City Rollergirls

    Add Flat Mat Yoga to your training. Do it now.

    Abombnabull, Rat City Rollergirls
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About Kat

I’ve been told by countless people that they didn’t think they liked yoga until they took a class with me.

Bio

Bio

Photo by Kylie Bellard

After I retired from Gotham Girls Roller Derby, yoga was the last thing I expected to find on the other side. I mean, I liked skating and hitting people, and yoga is boring in comparison…right?

After I found a class called Yoga Fight Club and started practicing regularly, I realized just how unbalanced roller derby had made my body. My left abdominal muscles were weaker than my right, my back was unhappy, my hips felt tight, and I had limited upper body strength. You might be able to relate to some of those things!

After I completed my yoga teacher training, I realized that I could help skaters like you and me to feel more balanced, stronger, and more flexible. I started Flat Mat Yoga in 2014, and since then have taught individual skaters, leagues, and at Northeast Derby Convention and RollerCon.

Flat Mat is growing beyond derby to rock climbing and running: my current physical activities. Though when I’m not doing those, you’ll still find me at local rinks and skate parks, or snuggling with my pitbull!

Qualifications

Qualifications

Photo by Kylie Bellard

2016:
Therapeutic Yoga Intensive
Kinesiology of Yoga
Pain-Free Yoga: Essential Biomechanics for Asana

2015:
The Science of Stretching
Balance Your Hips, Free Your Spine Intensive
Yoga Therapy for Chronic Pain
Sacroiliac Joints & Shoulders Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training

2014:
Forrest Yoga Continuing Education for Teachers

2013:
Yoga Behind Bars Teacher Training
Applied Anatomy & Physiology of Yoga

2012:
The Art and Science of Sequencing
Zen of Touch: Traditional Thai Massage Workshop

2011:
Hands-On Assists Training
200-hour Hatha Vinyasa Teacher Training (Amanda Wentworth and Holly Coles)

2009-2010:
Team Manager, Bronx Gridlock

2007-2008:
Skater, Gotham Girls Roller Derby (Bronx Gridlock and Wall Street Traitors)

Teaching Style

Teaching Style

Photo by Tony Felgueiras

I teach adventurous, mindful, and unpretentious yoga. I firmly believe that anyone can do yoga; you don’t need to be super strong or impossibly flexible.

When you take one of my classes, expect to play with your edge, whether that’s trying new poses or slowing waaaaaaay down. Get ready to pay attention to your breath, how you use your hands and feet, and how you align your body. Be open to learning something new about how your body moves that you might not have known before.

And most importantly, know that you don’t have to look a certain way, wear the “right clothes”, or do anything that makes you physically or emotionally uncomfortable.

All you need to do is show up and be willing to explore.

Bio

Bio

Photo by Kylie Bellard

After I retired from Gotham Girls Roller Derby, yoga was the last thing I expected to find on the other side. I mean, I liked skating and hitting people, and yoga is boring in comparison…right?

After I found a class called Yoga Fight Club and started practicing regularly, I realized just how unbalanced roller derby had made my body. My left abdominal muscles were weaker than my right, my back was unhappy, my hips felt tight, and I had limited upper body strength. You might be able to relate to some of those things!

After I completed my yoga teacher training, I realized that I could help skaters like you and me to feel more balanced, stronger, and more flexible. I started Flat Mat Yoga in 2014, and since then have taught individual skaters, leagues, and at Northeast Derby Convention and RollerCon.

Flat Mat is growing beyond derby to rock climbing and running: my current physical activities. Though when I’m not doing those, you’ll still find me at local rinks and skate parks, or snuggling with my pitbull!

Qualifications

Qualifications

Photo by Kylie Bellard

2016:
Therapeutic Yoga Intensive
Kinesiology of Yoga
Pain-Free Yoga: Essential Biomechanics for Asana

2015:
The Science of Stretching
Balance Your Hips, Free Your Spine Intensive
Yoga Therapy for Chronic Pain
Sacroiliac Joints & Shoulders Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training

2014:
Forrest Yoga Continuing Education for Teachers

2013:
Yoga Behind Bars Teacher Training
Applied Anatomy & Physiology of Yoga

2012:
The Art and Science of Sequencing
Zen of Touch: Traditional Thai Massage Workshop

2011:
Hands-On Assists Training
200-hour Hatha Vinyasa Teacher Training (Amanda Wentworth and Holly Coles)

2009-2010:
Team Manager, Bronx Gridlock

2007-2008:
Skater, Gotham Girls Roller Derby (Bronx Gridlock and Wall Street Traitors)

Teaching Style

Teaching Style

Photo by Tony Felgueiras

I teach adventurous, mindful, and unpretentious yoga. I firmly believe that anyone can do yoga; you don’t need to be super strong or impossibly flexible.

When you take one of my classes, expect to play with your edge, whether that’s trying new poses or slowing waaaaaaay down. Get ready to pay attention to your breath, how you use your hands and feet, and how you align your body. Be open to learning something new about how your body moves that you might not have known before.

And most importantly, know that you don’t have to look a certain way, wear the “right clothes”, or do anything that makes you physically or emotionally uncomfortable.

All you need to do is show up and be willing to explore.

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Online Programs

I believe that taking care of ourselves is an important part of taking care of our communities. With that in mind, at least 10% of Flat Mat’s program sales will always be donated to an organization that supports marginalized populations. For 2016, that money will go to the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a collective by and for trans, gender nonconforming, and intersex people that provides free legal services and engages in organizing to push for policy changes.

Take care of your most important piece of gear–you–with these Flat Mat programs.

Flat Mat Mental Game

Flat Mat Mental Game

Improve your focus and build your mental strength. (Plus, sleep better!) Buy individual mp3s, get all six plus the bonus Meditation for People Who (Think They) Hate Meditating e-book, or purchase a three-pack which also includes the e-book.

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Flat Mat Yoga Video Pack

Five yoga videos to fill all your derby needs: better balance, stronger core, happier hips, stable shoulders, and a good all-around stretch. Get (or rent!) one, or get ’em all.

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Flat Mat Minimum Skills

Yoga basics for derby basics! Build your yoga practice using movements and shapes that directly translate to the track. Whether you’re working on passing WFTDA minimum skills, or want to start doing yoga to improve your stride and overall performance, there’s something in here for you. Starts January 2, 2017.

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30 Days of Gratitude

Sometimes things can feel really shitty. Join me from November 1-30, 2017, for daily gratitude prompts, a super awesome and supportive community, and short, fun weekly meditation and yoga practices that’ll help you feel better and kick more ass. Registration will open again in October 2017.

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One-on-One + Group Classes

Want my expert eye, sense of humor, and the chill atmosphere of working with me in person? You can hire me for individual coaching or group classes.

Individual Coaching

Whether you’re recovering from an injury, would like a yoga sequence designed just for you, or want some personalized tips on how to adapt postures for your body, I’ve got some 1-on-1 options for you.

Team Training

Does your league needs cross-training to improve both strength and flexibility, or maybe just a good stretch because no one wants to lead it at the end of practice? I offer weekend workshop options of either my signature classes, or something customized for your team.

Conventions, Clinics, and Ongoing Group Classes

Want to offer yoga at your convention or clinic? I teach annually at RollerCon and the Northeast Derby Convention, and I’d love to teach at your event, too. I’ll also be offering ongoing classes in Seattle again as of November 2015.

Say hi!