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Colorado is home to an amazing (and inspiring) yoga phenom—better known as Big Booty Yoga. The driving force behind this movement? Kady Lafferty, who was recently named one of the 35 Under 35 in Wellness to Watch by Wanderlust. On a mission to show people that yoga is for everyBODY, Kady is taking it on herself to make sure all who practice know alternative poses and language to make yoga feel more inclusive.
I recently met up with Kady during her first class at Bulldog Yoga in Boulder, CO. Kady often teaches musically themed flows, and this one ended up being one of my favorites: Namasbey. That’s right you guessed it! A whole yoga class taught to Beyonce’s greatest hits. After savasana, we headed around the corner to Eureka! on Pearl Street for good food and great conversation. Kady is extremely personable and hands-on—maybe the opposite of the soft-spoken, ethereal yoga teacher that many of us may have experienced. She laughs wholeheartedly, holds eye contact, doesn’t shy away from curse words, and creates a safe space for you too to share some of your biggest insecurities about yourself or your yoga practice.
Over crispy glazed Brussel sprouts and cauliflower bites, Kady tells me a little of what she has on the horizon. She recently paired up with Valery Brennan of Fiercely, a local, female-owned clothing company that gives a portion of their sales to organizations that support women. Kady’s line with Fiercely includes everything from tanks and t-shirts to cropped hoodies—all adorned with Big Booty Yoga and body positive slogans. And this summer, Kady will be making her Wanderlust debut at Denver’s Wanderlust 108!
A two-day Denver event that draws in a big yogi crowd from across the globe, Wanderlust 108 is an epic experience. Kady is no stranger to large-scale yoga flows that bring out the masses—she’s led a practice at Red Rocks! Infectiously enthusiastic at the honor of joining such an influential yoga festival, she talks positively of the work Wanderlust has been doing to be more inclusive to all types of bodies.
Next month, Kady, and her business partner Sami Mattei, will see their dream come true in the shape of their Yoga Alliance-approved yoga teacher training for accessible and inclusive yoga, better known as Embrace. Embody. Empower. This training is beneficial for all yoga teachers as it focuses on how to better serve different communities of people, all types of bodies, and (dis)abilities.
After our post-yoga snacks and conversation, I’ve become even more inspired by her spirit. We head into Old Tibet, a shop on Pearl St., where Kady is looking for a gift to give to one of her very own teachers, co-worker, and friend, Katy Rowe. Moving around the store with ease and respect, Kady chats up the shop’s owner and makes a connection, having found out she recently collaborated with the owner’s niece on a mala making workshop. While watching this interaction, I am reminded: This is Kady.
Everything she touches is infused with this mission: to make everyone feel at home in their bodies. To teach people how to access their breath in these times we live in. She lifts them up and leaves nobody behind. Kady is building community through Big Booty Yoga, where everyone is welcome.
Want to find your flow with Kady? Check out one of her classes on MINDBODY at The River Yoga in Denver. You can also learn more about Big Booty Yoga on their Instagram or visit https://bigbootyyoga.com/.
In her years of being an athlete, Misty May-Treanor has learned a lot about how to balance responsibilities with self-care. Now a coach and mother, the three-time gold medalist divides her time between teaching others the sport of volleyball and being with her family. We asked Misty to share her advice on how to ensure you meet your goals while still taking care of yourself.
Misty prioritizes time for herself to ensure that she’s in the best shape for her family. For Misty, taking that time gives her endorphins, making her feel better and giving her more energy.
“It’s important for women to take time for themselves, so you don't get bogged down,” Misty explained. “You can read a book, go for a walk or just take five to ten minutes to meditate. We don’t give enough time for ourselves.”
In her years as an athlete, Misty learned the importance of teamwork, both to achieve a common goal and to hold herself accountable.
“My goal has always been to make the person next to me better,” Misty said. “I’ve met a lot of people through working out—from people in classes I take to being a role model to other young kids.”
By holding herself accountable to other people, Misty makes sure that she is doing the best she can for her team, family and herself.
When setbacks happen, Misty doesn’t let it distract her from her goals. As an athlete, she learned that she had to dedicate herself to the process and stay humble—no matter what happened.
“We can be so focused on winning and losing, but you still have to enjoy what you’re doing,” Misty said. “You’re not going to see progress overnight. It’s so important to remember to stay patient and stay the course, especially when people are just starting out.”
As busy as she is, planning ahead is important for Misty to stay on track with her goals. Since Misty was introduced to MINDBODY over 13 years ago, she's used the software to book her workouts, and now, to run her business, Dream in Gold Beach Volleyball Club.
“With the MINDBODY app, it’s so easy to set up workouts, get reminders and stay on track. In sports, you have to be goal-oriented to have a clear path to success. Setting goals along the way help you find a way to make the task clearer.”