Kathryn D. Gaffney, RYT200
Founder & Owner, Sun and Moon Movement LLC
Hello and welcome! My name is Kathryn and I hope that if you are reading this, we'll be able to practice together very soon.
Yoga has been a part of my entire life, truly, as my father studied at the Yasodhara Ashram in British Columbia, Canada, under the direction of Swami Radha, after he completed his undergraduate studies; for as long as I can remember (and well before I was born), yoga has been a daily ritual for him and, therefore: a part of my own daily life. As a dancer and athlete, my fair share of injuries and PT/rehab continuously led me back to yoga, and in more recent years: I began to appreciate and value yoga in a much deeper and holistic way, which is what inspired my journey to become a yoga teacher. I hope that I am able to play a role in your own yoga journey, as well.
As a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT200), I am a globally registered yoga instructor, as recognized by the Yoga Alliance. I completed my certified yoga teacher training (CYT200) through the Luminaire School of Yoga in Vancouver, Washington, under the guidance of Caitlin Fowler, E-RYT500.
Prior to becoming a yoga teacher, I was formally trained in modern (Graham, Horton), ballet (The French School, Balanchine), and jazz (Luigi, Fosse) dance technique; studied a variety of movement arts; and played and practiced an array of sports (soccer, tennis, boxing, running, hiking, cycling, Pilates). I spent two decades studying and performing as classical vocalist, so am always looking for opportunities to integrate music and movement. I bring elements of my background in dance and music, passion for all forms of movement arts, and history as a lifelong athlete and former dancer, to my own practice, my approach to teaching, and broader teaching methodology and philosophy.
My primary training is in Vinyasa, and therefore my classes - both group and 1:1 - are Vinyasa-based, though often incorporate aspects of other movement arts. I approach yoga with a deeply-held belief in a holistic, customizable approach to yoga; the importance of the integration of the 8 Limbs of Yoga in all asana practices; yoga’s healthful and beneficial properties, especially as they relate to my work with current and former dancers and athletes, where I focus on injury prevention and recovery/rehabilitation through yoga’s focus on balancing strength and flexibility. My practice is deeply rooted in my passion to make yoga accessible to and for all bodies.
A native of the Pacific Northwest, I am deeply invested in ensuring that Sun and Moon Movement is a pillar of its community: offering free monthly classes and hosting "Fundraising Flows" and "Classes for a Cause" (classes for which all proceeds are donated to a chosen nonprofit organization). I am an official National Eating Disorder Awareness Week Collaborator, and am an Ambassador for Project HEAL.
Beyond my yoga practice, I am a dual alumna of Seattle University, and have built the bulk of my "corporate career" in tech (cloud and web services, gaming, digital products and services). I hold a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Sociology with a Certificate in Diversity, Citizenship, and Social Justice, and earned my Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Albers School of Business and Economics, where I completed my graduate capstone in Competitive Strategy, and focused in Management and Marketing. I remain actively involved in the Seattle University community as a mentor to undergraduate (BABA) and graduate (MBA, MSF) business students.
As a practitioner and teacher, my primary focus and chief concern is always the safety and wellbeing of my students, but I hope that you walk out of every one of my classes feeling better than when you entered, and gaining something new (and hopefully having some fun in the process!).
Looking forward to seeing you on our mats soon!