Kate Sharkey’s love for yoga came out of pain. While studying communication at UC Santa Barbara, she woke up one morning in so much pain in her SI joint, she could barely walk. She was subjected to X-rays, MRIs, blood work, and given painkillers, but nothing helped quell the condition for long. A few years after graduation, Kate saw a specialist who told her she had Joint Hypermobility Syndrome, which causes laxity of the ligaments. This was causing her joints, like the sacroiliac joint, to slip out of place and press on different nerves, causing excruciating pain. The doctor suggested she take up yoga.
At this time she had done some yoga classes sporadically, but Kate started practicing every day and began to notice the pain subsiding. She went from crying in bed every morning, to gaining strength and freedom back to her body. It was then she realized she wanted to share this incredible practice to others, to help people understand that they do not have to be prisoners of their bodies or their circumstances. Real change can come from within. Kate saved up her money and traveled halfway around the world for the YogaWorks 200-hour Teacher Training in Bali under Alicia Cheung and Oliver Reinsch.