A little about me.
KATE LILLIAN BURFORD
Since 2008, for over eight phenomenal years I owned and ran Bikram Yoga Christchurch when a personal illness unexpectedly propelled me into making a change and figuring out a new way to keep doing the work I love. With courage and a little intervention from lifelong friends and family I made the choice to let go of one incredible chapter and figure out a new way to continue to share and inspire others with mindful tools geared towards health and wellness while still keeping momentum and growing myself each and every day.
My adult life has always revolved around being a designer, artist, yogini and business owner. After graduating from the School of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Design I worked several years in advertising and as a graphic designer and photographer for magazines, while pursuing freelance design jobs and now luckily being a part of the New Zealand Merino design team today. I have continued study to earn Diplomas in fitness and sports science, completing Bikrams teacher training in 2007 and earning a Diploma in integrative nutrition and health coaching. I have trained with numerous teachers, continually studying, and refining my knowledge of yoga and holistic nutrition and the valuable connection between our bodies, minds, energies and health.
Having been though life-changing loss, and many personal challenges, I personally understand that life is about trying to find balance, and like most people this is still and will possibly always be my biggest work-in-progress. Beneath it all is my deepest most heartfelt gratitude for my Dad who has loved me and supported me in pursuing my dreams. He built our yoga studios for us to play in and he was always on the mat, loving the community that was bought together.
My daily practice has always challenged me on many levels, and is my all-time companion to balance, my moving meditation. Movement coupled with intention means you’re moving with greater presence; to see, observe and accept what thoughts and feelings rise up from the inside, making your practice one of your greatest teachers to not only improve the physical body, but the mind and heart as well.
I love this quote - “you are allowed to be a masterpiece and a work in progress simultaneously” that its okay to not always be okay… we can’t predict any outcomes or control much of anything in life but I believe it is important for all of us to find what inspires us most and figure out a way of incorporating it into our daily life.
I have made so many precious dear friends though this work and continue to meet so many wonderful humans… I am honestly so touched by everyone's support and kindness over the years. It means a great deal to me and this community wouldn’t be what it is without you all.
I look forward to having you join me on the mat.
Nga mini na, K8
Holistic Nutritionist + Health Coach
Bikram Yoga Teacher