Kat began a consistent yoga practice in the summer of 2004 after she injured her knee while training for a triathlon. A combination of Yoga and Pilates had a dramatic and immediate effect on her body and laid the foundation for a paradigm shift in her life. With a background in athletics and martial arts, Kat has learned the value of discipline and respect. And as a lifelong spiritual seeker, Kat has always felt an unrelenting pull towards something greater than her self. Through Yoga that pull has led her on an arduous journey. Yoga has given her a guide and support system and the ability to remain compassionate, joyful and open no matter what the circumstances. In October 2005, Kat enrolled in teacher training and read her first book on Yoga (Man’s Eternal Quest), she began teaching while still in training and received her certificate in March of 2006 in Wilmington, NC. Kat has studied with Simon Park, Amy Ipolloti, Todd Norian, Max Strom, Katerina Wenn, and at The Kripalu Center for Yoga + Health in Lenox, MA where she participated in the SEVA program. More recently Kat has studied with Seane Corn, Hala Kouri, Suzanne Sterling, and John Friend. Kat is currently working towards her 500 hour certification with Shiva Rea in Los Angeles. Kat leads Vasudeva, a ritual yoga experience inspired by the rhythm and sound of live music that honors the 5 elements. Vasudeva includes that musical talents of Lucius Wheeler, Matt Bade, Nate Bettger, Jenni Peskin, Josh Philips & Tim Moore. Kat’s teaching style is Ashtanga based and heavily influenced by the liberating Jivamukti, intelligent and heart-centered Anusara, fluid Power Vinyasa style of Shiva Rea, and the all-inclusive, ever-connected principles of Tantra. Kat’s classes are creative, challenging and fun for all. She brings a warm, enthusiastic and open heart to her classes and encourages her students to dedicate fearlessly and joyfully to the growth of the Spirit and the art of Yoga. Kat is the creative catalyst of Mandala Yoga Community and serves as director, and is the director of Mandala’s Living Yoga 200 hour Yoga Alliance certified Teacher Training program.
Kat is also a proud mama; she lives with her husband Nate Bettger, their son Brendan, their dog Cocody, and their chickens & bees on the Westside of Bend.