London : Masonville Pl.

Katelyn Norton

What’s your full name?

Katelyn Norton

Where did you grow up?

The adorable little town of Grimsby, Ontario – my forever home!

When and where did you first fall in love with yoga, sports or athletics? How did you get involved? How did it make you feel when you first began?

Throughout my childhood I harbored a deep love for any sport or form of physical activity. I was a provincial gymnast until age 15 at which point I switched gears and became part of a local swim team. I joined my high school rowing team in Grades 9-12, fell in love with kickboxing somewhere along the way, and finally when I entered university, running and yoga became my true passions. My current loves include running, triathlon, CrossFit, and of course… hot yoga at the Shack!

What is your background (education, training, etc) that allows you to do what you do today? How could somebody else learn to do what you do?

My current role as a hot yoga teacher at Yoga Shack warms my heart to the very core. I completed my 200-hour Vinyasa Yoga teacher training in 2009 and have since completed Baron Baptiste’s Level One: Journey into Power Yoga, as well as the Art of Assisting Program. I CAN NOT WAIT to take Level Two this fall, I am a total YES!

I also completed my honors BSc degree in Kinesiology in 2008, and when on to finish my Masters in 2010. When I am not teaching, training or doing my own practice, you can currently find me in the Neurovascular Research lab at Western University where I am working towards my PhD in Exercise Physiology.

How could someone learn to do what I do? Find something that makes you smile from ear to ear and brings you joy each and every day. Be passionate about the person you are in that situation and do everything in your power to keep that feeling in your heart.

What do you appreciate most about London and its community?

London amazes me. We are such a large city, but you would never know it. The amount of love and support I have felt from this community both as a student, and as a teacher, (and now as an ambassador, woot woot!) has been overwhelming. We have a lot of heart in this town and there’s so much love going around. I’m exactly where I want to be.

What is the most important thing you would tell a beginner in your field?

We are all beginners at something once, but after that first time – it’s just like riding a bike. That awkward feeling on your mat wondering if you are doing it right, or if you look funny and everyone is looking at you – we’ve all been there, and I can promise you no one cares what you’re doing or how you look, but you!! Yoga is that place in the world where there is no judgment, no criticism, no competitions and certainly no beauty contests. We’re all hot and
sweaty and breathing together – it doesn’t get much better than that. Enjoy the process of learning and never forget how that feels.

How do you cultivate a regular, useful practice yourself? What do you do on a daily basis that supports your pursuit?

Yoga is in my blood and I live to be in hot room getting sweaty and stretchy as often as I can. I feel grounded and more myself in that space than anywhere else in life. I make it my priority to get on my mat at least 3 times per week. I would be lost without my own personal practice. I also swim, bike and run more days out of the week than I don’t, and I love every busy minute of it.