Today we’d like to introduce you to Katie Marie Chatham.
Hi Katie Marie, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
My whole life I’ve been on this journey of trying to figure out who I really am. In high school, I had a close friend whose identity was pretty rooted in punk rock—black nail polish, dark makeup, checker print everything. I wanted to be just like her, but as the years passed, we grew apart, and I found myself searching again for who I wanted to be. College began, and I bounced between the party scene and the church world for a long time, never quite landing in one arena or the other. For a long time, I felt like I was leading a double life.—one in the dark, and one that felt like a false front. A few years back, I found myself in the middle of a bunch of messes that had I created. I really had no idea who I was anymore. I began a lot of therapy, sought out mentors, and as fate would have it —or perhaps it was divine intervention—I found yoga. I went to as many hot vinyasa classes as I could. I found my therapy on my mat. It was the most satisfying thing in the world to me to watch all the trapped stuff I was carrying around drip into sweat pools as I moved through each posture and every practice. The process of letting go began then in those classes.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Fast forward a few years, and I was awakened to how desperately my life needed to change and for me, that looked like getting sober. I am beginning to love and accept the human I was created to be and to let go of any desire to be something I’m not. I actually like who I am today. Getting sober brought me to that place, and on that healing journey I also was able to experience the beautiful healing practice of Reiki. Yoga has been a huge part of allowing me to feel a part of something, a sense of belonging, and acceptance of my journey. Reiki has been something I have been able to experience and use as a tool to further that healing. But, I would have none of it if I hadn’t gotten sober. I have gained a sense of self over the years, and a deep sense of hope for who I’ll continue to become. In all that I have gained as I have walked this path, I truly just want to share it with anyone seeking what I sought. Maybe something I have experienced would impact someone in the smallest of ways. It is my sincerest hope that through yoga, reiki, my walk through sobriety or any combination of those offerings, that somebody will find what I’ve found.
We’ve been impressed with Healing with Katie Marie, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I offer yoga classes both in-person or online, private and group sessions. I teach mainly vinyasa flow style classes, but love teaching resotrative classes and guiding people through yoga nidra. All of my classes come from a heart-centered place, and are carefully curated to ensure that you (the yogi) feels safe and seen. I often incorporate some elements of Reiki healing into my classes, especially during savasana. I love to end classes with adjustments that deepen the experience, oils to activate and align with the nervous system, and gentle energy healing. Energy work has been a secondary, but equally powerful, element of my own healing journey that I am committed to sharing with others. I am a certified Master Level Reiki Practitioner as well as a Crystal Reiki Master. A session on my Reiki table will help you not only notice where there are blockages in the energetic body, but to understand them and let them go.
I think yoga and Reiki healing work so well together, and I have been able to release so much of my own trauma and dark past through both. My classes and sessions are my offering to you as a way to let go of what may be holding you back, so that you may continue forward on your path to healing.
Are there any important lessons you’ve learned that you can share with us?
Learning to step out of my own way, and to allow the process to unfold on it’s own has been one of the most important lessons I’ve learned and am still learning. I often find myself planning on a class or session going in a certain direction, and when it starts, things go an entirely different direction. And, that’s ok. It just reminds me that I am not in charge, and that I continually get the opportunity to learn. I am a student first, and a guide second. Immediately after I completed my training, I was given an amazing opportunity to teach at my favorite studio. Sadly the studio closed a few months later. I had this plan in my mind of how that experience was going to go, and the studio closing over night was not a part of that plan. I wracked my brain for a few weeks trying to figure out a way to save it, to buy it, to do something to keep my plan alive, but it was out of my control. The moment, I surrendered that plan (I think this is what it means to get out of your own way), and let the journey unflod in front of me, I found the place that I am in today. The ironic part of that is that I get to make all the plans, design my classes, set my schedule, coordinate with clients.
- Drop-in prices for Yoga classes at Intentions studio in Prescott are $12
- Monthly memberships for my classes are $100
- In-person Reiki sessions are $45 for new clients
- In-person Crystal Reiki sessions are $50 for new client
- Distance sessions for both Yoga and Reiki available.
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: katiemarie.me
- Instagram: @katiemarie_befree
- Facebook: facebook.com/katiemariebefree
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