"My association with Kate and Bikram Yoga started about 10 years ago just before I turned 50. I was looking for an alternative to the rigors of competition squash. Yoga provided the perfect balance - the heat in the room helped me stretch a lot more and the focus was entirely different to squash.
I became a regular and with Kate's guidance, encouragement and help I improved immensely. She is an amazing teacher with a wealth of knowledge and has such dedication to all her students. I have been so lucky to benefit from this.
I never got it at the start - the whole mind, body connection but I hear Kate -" listen to the words, make it happen "and when I start the practice there is no one else - you focus on you! There is no one else in the room!
I totally believe I would not be playing squash now if I didn't practice yoga - it is and will always be a continuing part of my life - I have tried other yoga but for me the rapport I have with Kate and the structure of Bikram suits me perfectly.
Kate is a wonderful person, very creative and an astute business women, but to me her biggest attribute is that she cares! .
See you at " The Sweat Life"
Gilbert Enoka | All Blacks Mentor
"10 years ago I stumbled across Bikram yoga when attending a class that was suggested to me by a colleague. I instantly fell in love with the method as I found it hugely beneficial physically and even more so mentally. Bikram provides a unique method of experience that I hadn’t found in any other endeavour. It enables me to ‘close down’ mentally, be at one with myself and to escape the rigours of modern living.
To have Kate as an instructor further enhances my experiences. Her knowledge of Bikram and her ‘astute eye’ enables those who she instructs to maximise the benefits that Bikram offers. I practice Bikram whenever my schedule affords me the opportunity and consider it an essential piece in my jigsaw of wellbeing."
Caroline Baker | Nurse
"When I found 'The Sweat Life with Kate' I felt blessed. I was returning to Bikram Yoga after a long while because I needed strength, core focus and self belief.
At The Sweat Life I have found these things and I am hooked. Kate is an extremely talented, supportive and welcoming teacher. She has a genuine interest in all her attendees practice. She is approachable and encouraging to all irrespective of ones yoga capabilities.
I have especially liked Kate's studio due to its small class numbers where your practice can be guided by Kate's gentle assistance. The room is clean, mats and practice towels hygienically supplied as well as the ambience appropriate and comfortable.
The Sweat Life is a delight and a must for anyone wanting to peruse Bikram.
The Sweat Life really is sweet.."
"About 10 years ago, I was looking for a new type of yoga, after I had tried few different styles mainly with slow movements including Sun Salutations. Originally yoga attracted me because of its meditation. At that time I was busy with work and having a lot of stressful days, so I wanted to relax and unwind my mind. The yoga I tried definitely had benefits, however the more I got into it, the stronger I felt that something was missing.
One day, "hot yoga" came up. Although I had no idea what to expect, I tried anyway. Surprisingly, it gave me the most amazing feeling I ever had. At the end of the exercise, blood circulation came back and softened muscles around the shoulders and neck which had been hardened for many years by the driving and computer works.
The experience changed my life. I knew straight away that this was going to be my exercise. This yoga would give me the strength of both mentally and physically which I was looking for. During the course, my mind always fights against the weakness, at the same time my body improves flexibility and postures. It takes one and a half hours to complete, so needs some effort to do that though, the satisfaction has kept me going.
After I came to NZ, I found out that the "hot yoga" I had done in Japan was actually called Bikram yoga. Then I met Kate who is the most passionate about teaching Bikram yoga. Like everyone especially who lives in Christchurch, we all have one or two bumps in our lives, including her. But she has never stopped and given up teaching yoga. It's just not an option for her. Her endless contribution to Bikram yoga became one of the reasons why I continue Bikram yoga today.
From now on, my aim is to keep doing this great yoga as long as I live. Hopefully I can reach at least the age of 80 with my body well and mobile by the result of Bikram yoga."
ANKE RICHTER | Journalist
"My sessions with Kate over the past two years have transformed my body and helped me through a lot. She is highly skilled, dedicated and totally present teacher who makes the hard yards so much fun."
ANNETTE SHERIDAN | Nurse
"Kate's sessions are an absolute delight to be part of. She has the most wonderful personable approach to exercise which is both fun and very informative. Her extensive knowledge in the practice of Bikram yoga along with her background as a fitness trainer ensures I always get the complete work out of the mind, body and soul. I always leave feeling refreshed and energised.
Attending her classes has completely revolutionised how I approach my exercise routine to become a stronger and more centred person, physically, emotionally and spiritually."
SARA ESSIG WEBB
"Four years ago, I knew absolutely nothing about Bikram Yoga and didn’t have a specific motivation to learn. I was introduced to Kate and her practice purely by accident – it started as a social outing with a friend and has turned into a part of my life I couldn’t cope without.
Four years ago, I couldn’t touch my toes. And I didn’t have much motivation to reach further. But one Bikram class with Kate quickly led to another. I went from having no interest in yoga to thinking, why did I wait so long to make this part of my life?
Kate’s style of teaching challenged us to find the best in ourselves. She was inspiring and approachable and convinced us all that we could only get better and better.
Her calm was contagious and the practice became about so much more than posture and flexibility, but making time for myself. Time to be still.
In our busy lives Bikram has never been so powerful; and Kate’s practice has never been so inspiring.
Wherever Kate goes, we will follow. Always trying to be better, and grateful for a teacher who believes that we can be."
BEVERLEY ROSE | Air-Hostess
"I am so grateful to Kate for creating the exquisite yoga space at the Sweat Life with K8. The beauty and tranquility of this space and gentle healing energy that infuses Kate's teaching are potent catalysts that enrich, enliven and empower each person lucky enough to have found their way to her. I have practiced Bikram Yoga for many years and Kate's highly personalised teaching, attention to alignment, commitment and support has truly transformed my practice."
"My yoga practice has come a long way under Kate's attentive and knowledgable tutelage, she is an inspiration and I always walk out of my weekly yoga class feeling challenged, energised and focused."
ANNIE BERMINGHAM | Surfer
"I cannot recommend Kate's yoga classes more highly as they have had such a huge and positive impact on my health and life in general for which I am truly grateful for.
First up, I love that there is a maximum of 8 people. This translates into having consistent and high quality attention and support to make sure you are on the right track and looking after your body well throughout the class, getting the utmost from the time. I had attended other yoga classes elsewhere which were big and just did not have the kind of teaching that made me feel like I understood what to do during the class so Kate's ratio of teacher to student has been exceptional.
Kate's teaching is the best I have come across and she absolutely excels at both supporting each person to go at their own speed when required and pushing you to do your best, with a great intuitive understanding of when to push people and when to support them to adjust the asanas while their body develops flexibility and strength. She is very welcoming and respectful of the diversity of people who attend the classes which makes her classes have a positive and good energy to them. Apart from being a pleasure to be around and having a great sense of humour, Kate has such a deep knowledge of Bikram yoga and a broad and unique understanding of health, wellness and nutrition which makes for such a beneficial knowledge base for any student, current or potential to tap into.
When I first started classes, I began with the "Wake up your spine" classes at lunchtime. These were so good at getting me to regain fitness and flexibility and I have found these classes to be both stretching, enjoyable and nurturing at the same time. I could feel straight away the positive impact on my body from the first class. To start with, I could barely get through the asanas in the first class and now I feel comfortable with all of them, at whatever level I can do them at and can feel both increased strength and flexibility within an very short time of starting classes.
A wee bit about my background - after a lifetime of being very active and holding a number of national titles along the way (basketball and rock climbing) I burst my L1 vertebrate in 1997 in a snowboarding accident and had 5 vertebrate in my lumbar spine fused. After many years of increasing pain and discomfort in my body, and at age 54, I found this year I was unable to walk very easily for the first 2 hours in the mornings and grew lumps on both achilles which caused me to stop all exercise and gain unwanted weight. I have since been diagnosed with Ankolysing Spondilytis which is an autoimmune disease and a kind of arthritis of the spine. To regain my fitness and get back surfing again, as I said previously, I started with the "Wake up your spine" classes which could not have been a more perfect way to get my spine moving again. I now go to both Kate's full hour and hour and a half classes which I have come to love but still attend the "Wake up your spine" classes as you could not find a better way to spend your lunchtime and at the same time gain strength, flexibility and fitness.
I had tried many other ways of getting active again and this has outstripped every other attempt by far and actually been successful in a sustainable way. Kate's classes have been perfect for me and have had such beneficial flow on impacts to my day to day life. My pain levels have decreased substantially, my flexibility, strength and energy levels have all increased, my weight is decreasing and I am back surfing and running again which is plain awesome.
If you, like me, have had serious injuries, arthritis and/or pain and struggled to find a way back to wellness, I would strongly recommend you check out the "Wake up your spine" classes to start with and get to benefit from all the incredible changes and support that I have received from this and all of Kate's classes."
TRACEY BARR | Nurse
"I have been practicing yoga for around 10 years now. I started practicing Bikram's Method with Kate nearly 2 years ago. Her passion for what she believes in is inspirational. This practice has enabled me to open a door inside myself which I never knew existed. A door that has lead me to a peaceful place where I can breathe no matter what circumstance I might find myself in. I have been blessed to have Kate's caring guidance to assist me on my journey to be the best I can be, and for that I am forever grateful."
SHANELLE SHIELDS | Real Estate Agent
"Although I have only been practicing Bikram Yoga with Kate for the past couple of months, I have found her to be extremely inspiring, and motivational during this time. Her classes are well-run, and she really does push you to work hard to unlock your full potential! I am very grateful for her encouragement, and if I find that I am struggling with a particular pose, then she is always happy to give me tips at the end of class to further improve my yoga practice which I find extremely valuable and helpful. Thank-you so much Kate, and hopefully one day I will become as flexible, and as strong as you are!"
JANE BENFELL | Nurse
"Bikram yoga brings us each the gift of body awareness. I love Kate's intergrated approach to health, nutrition and yoga. It is an aid to help us all heal and keeps us moving on our own unique journey. These combined with a lovely boutique studio, centrally located, plus small class sizes and flexible class times makes 'The Sweat Life' a winner. "
"I have been attending Bikram Yoga with kate for more than 6 years, where I met Kate and followed her class until today. I feel that I am very lucky to found Bikram Yoga as by doing this, I have stayed away from my physiotherapy all the time. I like Kate as she is a friendly, professional teacher, who sharing her passion in Yoga with us! Kate is also very caring for me, was very supportive when I was experiencing a health challenge, I am very appreciated. I enjoyed the Bikram Yoga and this has become a part of my life. I am very keen to recommend my family/friends as I believe doing this would greatly benefit our/their lives. Thanks Kate"
THE SWEAT LIFE BOUTIQUE STUDIO | Kate Lillian Burford
Level 2, 74 Victoria Street
(entrance at Apollo Power Yoga : 46 Salisbury Street, next to Spice Paragon)
Contact Kate : 021 244 2842