Kat Harvey-Barakat

Student level

My yoga journey started in 2012 at the age of 24. My intention when starting yoga was to lose weight and to help with a sore back. I had danced competitively at an national and international level from the age of 4 until I was 17, so the movement felt instantly right in my body. It is this legacy of dance that I bring to the mat with me as I teach.

I teach a fluid style of flow with emphasis on moving as if you are melting from one asana to the next. I urge my students to dance with the mat just like we dance with life and in that slow, conscious movement, find meditation and self-expression.

Teaching & Certification

  • I completed my 200 hours YTT with Jessie Fenech of Grow School Yoga
  • I am scheduled to complete another 300 hours with Patrick Beach and Carling Harps as well as 150 hours with Laughing Lotus this year

Teaching Style

  • Adjustments/Assists: YES! Kinesthetic learning teaches the body more than words ever could.

  • Theming: Absolutely. For me, yoga is about listening to the rhythm within and learning to dance with it. Weather that is as simple as hearing the breath or the beat of the physical heart or listening deeper to that truth that we know but don't want to hear. I also believe that movement is such a gift. My parents are both physically disabled so connecting movement and breath for me is truely humbling.

  • Sequencing: Oh gosh.... I love to sequence to a peak pose but also love to layer flows and flow for f's sakes. If I'm sequencing to a peak pose I get very methodical with it and then link the movement together in a way that flows. Loud music and alot of self-practice is needed to get me into my creative space.

  • Music: I love music you can feel and I love to play it loud!!! That music can be anything from a thumper from Rufus Du Soul to something deep and mourning from Garth Stevenson. I also love 90's and mellow hip-hop like Biggie or a Tribe Called Quest.

On & Off the Mat With: Kat Harvey-Barakat

As a yoga teacher, what inspires and motivates your teaching?

Self-practice and curiosity inspires my teaching. When I move more and find the courage to get messy, my teaching is better as I am free. Not bound my the traditional layout of a class.

How has your own yoga practice evolved since becoming a teacher?

I never liked to move one breath per movement before I was a teacher. I thought it lacked discipline and finesse. Now I don't like to practice where we hold postures for a long time as I find it dogmatic and it makes me think too much.

Do you have any yoga teachers that you admire and/or look up to? Who are they?

The ones who dig deep into what their soul is wrestling with. They show up with so much courage, honestly and authenticity.

For those of us that haven't practiced with you before, what can we expect from your classes?

Expect to move like honey, hopefully some laughs (yoga can be so bloody sterile sometimes) and get ready to sweat!

What type of class could you teach all day, everyday and why?

Vinyasa/power flow.Movement is medicine. When we step into the fire of self-discovery, we burn off what we are not. I love to see my students transform from the practice, once they truely meet their fire.

I teach a fluid style of flow with emphasis on moving as if you are melting from one asana to the next.

Do you practice any other form of movement or fitness besides yoga? If so, what kind?

YES! Pilates and weight training. I also love to walk and ride my bike everywhere.

What's your go-to spot in Melbourne to get inspired?

Fawkner Park with my dogs. I love to watch the seasons change and I love to walk around with bare feet to feelllllll the grass beneath me.

Which 3 icons or figures would you want to sit next to at a dinner party and why?

Durga - she is the epitome of divine feminine energy. Not the watered down subservient, meek woman we think femininity is today. She represents the wild woman who is strong, takes no shit, loves deeply and moves through challenges with as much grace as she does fire. Rumi. No explanation needed. 3/ My husband. He lights me up and is absolutely the lightness to my heaviness.

Finish this sentence. "I feel the most like myself when..."

I feel connected to my truth.

And lastly because it's fun, what animal do you identify with?

A unicorn.

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